Last week at the gym I decided to try out some of the weight equipment again – hadn’t used for quite a while but figured it would be good for targeting. I got a bit overambitious and think I used too much weight during a chest fly. Because what happened is my left shoulder felt sore after, and I just chalked it up to muscle soreness and continued my week as normal.
But come Saturday afternoon I realized it actually was feeling worse and more damage pain than muscle pain. It hurts to do things like put on a jacket or push myself out of a chair or even just walking with my arm swinging pulls at the injury.
So – this week I have been intentionally taking it easy on my arms and not adding extra stress. It seems to be working and I’m feeling better but I did find a correlation between that and business – I know, shocker that I would do that right?!
First of all – I used equipment I wasn’t familiar with without consulting an expert. And I caused issues. Hmmm… pretty sure I’ve blown things up in my business by thinking “oh, I’ll just do that” because I’m doo damn cheap to hire someone. Also pretty sure that’s why I’m in business – is people that hire us to set up their sales and marketing processes because we know what we’re doing and too many times we’re unraveling mistake before we can start.
Then, I failed. I pushed too hard thinking I was superwoman or something and could totally do this and injured myself. Easy to do in business, also. Pushing too hard too fast. While I had a shitty December I knew January was going to be better. I was pushing to hit a monthly goal that would put my business at double what it did last year. While lofty and great on paper, probably not something I should be pushing for without the proper support system and structure in place (strength) to be pushing that hard.
And, I had to take time to recover while still finding ways to move forward. I still went to the gym – I just worked different muscle groups in ways that I know how to. Yes, squats and lunges are old school but they work and I know how to do them – and still moving me towards my ultimate goal.
In January, I collected enough to cover my overhead. So that was a step in the right direction. This month I’m already at committed moneys of double what I did last month. And how? I went back to what I know works. I got back on the phone (or Zoom) and talked to people. I believed. I pushed. And I was recovering from last month while still moving forward. It’s weird how it can work that way.