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I have been away from sharing real purple for quite a while now – and I found it really difficult to get back to. See – the surface reason is that I was pushing hard with my morning miracle routine, and exercising hard 5 days per week. I was feeling strong and fierce and all of the amazing things you would expect.
Then came trade show season. I had a trip to T&C in California – came back for less than a week, back to California for a mastermind weekend – home for a week and then off to Click Funnels in Florida. While these were amazing times what happened was while at T&C I got sick and spent my time at home recovering. Then got sick again after the mastermind weekend and spent the rest of my time between at home sleeping and recovering again. Then off to Click Funnels Funnel Hacking Live (amazing BTW) and, got sick again on the last day. So home again and resting again. Which then turned into pneumonia – a full week in bed – and then pleurisy. So – what I had were some amazing trips + seriously deteriorated health + no desire or strength to exercise + a rather upset husband that the small amount of time I did actually spend at home I was spending sleeping. True dat.
Now I’m mostly recovered – save some pretty serious pain in my rib area which is still preventing heavy exercise. But – I’m working to return to my morning routine and finding the journaling part to be very difficult.
And now that I’m sitting down here to actually share today I am actually hearing why. And the two big things that are standing out for me are letting go and being really open.
I’ll first start with being really open. I started this as a share about business and the things we go through as entrepreneurs. But truth is it’s oh so closely tied to us personally so what I found was that in sharing openly and really sharing I found myself writing things that I wouldn’t really normally share. I know that’s the point of realpurple. But when the rubber meets the road – these questions started to plague me… “What if my clients read about my problems?” “What if my family sees the real me?” and my husband started making comments after reading my posts about things I hadn’t been telling him so… guess I had to take a step back and say Am I REALLY ALL IN?
And that’s been tough to agree to. I thought about “cheating” and sharing just the parts that are easier to share – but that’s not what this and I am really all about. And I think what I needed was the letting go part to really make it happen.
Which leads me to the other thing that I realized.
I am a natural leader. I was doing my routine (before all the sickness) and feeling so strong and powerful and seeing how that was having such an influence on peoples’ lives. And LOVING it. And knowing I was leading my company to something great.
But then I spent a week in bed and came back totally weak. And life looks different from the back of the pack.
But you know what? My business didn’t implode and die because I wasn’t there for a week. And my income didn’t go down because I wasn’t there for a week. And customers didn’t hate me for being gone.
So I realized I have to let go of more things so that I can focus more on the things that are really going to drive the business forward. And myself. And while I felt like I was steering from the back of the pack it was still moving forward.
And now I have hired a full time project manager and am bringing on more full time people this week. And I have to let go of the need to control all of those things – and step into the new role I need to be. And that means letting go… and being open about all of the things in business and in me that are both helping and hindering.
I promise, more soon. And consistently. And real. Because hopefully this resonates with some of you and I can help move at least one person forward – I’m winning. 🙂
It’s my birthday! And I’ve actually been working on a present for myself for a while now, without even realizing it. I have fallen in love with being an entrepreneur all over again! Sounds crazy I know – but here’s the deal.
Out of pure necessity I forced myself to find the funds to hire help. I now have a full time Project Manager (Alecs) and a new full time website designer. Both are coming up to speed in terms of taking over work and I’m being able to spend more time actually working on my business instead of in it.
So while I’m actually really good at setting up marketing for my clients, I have been pretty sucky at doing it for myself. I decided I needed to follow a manual so I didn’t get caught up again in the things that make me squirrel down a rabbit hole… so I’ve been reading and following the steps in Expert Secrets.
It’s been REALLY weird and difficult and fun all at the same time to let go of the day to day things that I have been doing IN my business. And seeing things getting done – without me having to do it all = FANTASTIC!
But the really funny thing is that as I started reading through Expert Secrets I started getting that little flutter in my belly. The racing of my heart – the dare to dream of the possibilities again for more success in business. I’m consumed with the book. I listen to the MP3 recording over and over and over again. I spend my evenings reading and listening and making notes of plans to conquer the world. Bwa ha ha.
But really – what I found is that by hiring some help and taking some time off of my plate I got in return falling in love with business again. I got the excitement back. And I can’t stop talking about everything I’m working on with everyone!
Part of my challenge is to start publishing every day. I’ve been wrestling with where to publish – Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, blog? But here’s the thing – it doesn’t matter where. What matters is to publish and share and find my voice. Find what I do best and how it best helps other people.
So – previously (a few years ago) I had put myself to the 100 day challenge of posting on Facebook. I’m now taking up the challenge again. The posts may change while I’m playing with different channels but I’ll post something on Facebook every weekday through 100 posts. Today I’m counting #1.
Feel free to ignore – rant – challenge – anything, but know I’m doing this as a promise to myself and to anyone listening. 🙂 I’ll need accountability as well – so here we go – 100 days of #realpurple!
The Other Shoe
It’s funny how everything changes in that growing pain stuffs. I was just talking yesterday about how nice it was to take time away and work on my business and not in it. One of my staff had asked a week ago or so how I was doing with letting go of things and that I seemed to be having a tough time. I told her that I was enjoying the not having to do the day to day but felt on edge because I was waiting for the other shoe to drop – to show up to a meeting with a client and not have the things done that were supposed to be done – or to have them not done properly.
Well, back to work today after two days off – and there it was. The other shoe. Dropped flat in the middle of my day squishing out all hope of getting anything else done.
So that sucks. I was hoping to avoid this exact scenario. BUT – I do think that a sign of growth as an owner was rather than getting totally upset taking a look at the whole situation and seeing what can be done. What can be pushed – what can we do to fix this – and how do I turn it into a learning lesson so that the next time this happens less or not at all.
Growing up totally sucks. Adulting sucks. But – I know that these things have to happen to move forward. One step back to take two forward… or something like that. I’m sure it has to do with shoes though. 🙂 Here’s to a better tomorrow!
#realpurple Day #3
I have heard a lot back from people about “the other shoe” and feel that it’s fair to tell the rest of the story.
True – the shoe dropped and we figured it out and I didn’t freak out entirely. We are meeting today to actually debrief and figure out what we can learn from it and develop some processes to help navigate through this more carefully in the future. Will it happen again? Probably. But will we recover faster? Geez, I hope so.
It’s also a good thing that as a strict rule, we don’t work with assholes and all of our clients actually really love us – so reaching out and asking for an additional day wasn’t a huge issue. What this did let me do is go through our project piece by piece to pull away the layers and get to the place where we all felt proud of the delivery. And, our client loved it. So – success all around.