I know I talk a lot about letting go of attachment, and learning to go with the flow, in your life.
But over the past couple of weeks I’ve been reminded how important it is to also be able to let go in your business. How crucial it is, for your own sanity, to not become attached to inspired ideas, or really any aspect of your business.
The text message that changed everything.
A month ago after two years of not offering coaching or consulting, I was inspired to start offering private sessions again. I had a few sessions, and a few more people signed up, and then life threw me a curve ball and I had to shut things down, albeit temporarily.
I received a text message and everything I had going on, in my business and personally, had to be put on hold.
When I received that text, I was also in the middle of several important business tasks, that I immediately had to put on hold. First off, I’d just discovered there was a problem with my email marketing service and more than 600 people who’d registered for my free book chapters, very likely didn’t receive them, and were not added to my email list. (So, if you’re reading this and you registered but never received anything from me, please know I just became aware of this glitch and accept my apologies.)
Anyone who’s working to build an email list knows how frustrating that is, from a client service perspective as well as a marketing perspective. I was just beginning to investigate, and hopefully remedy this when the text arrived.
I was also in midst of rebuilding my website to better reflect the current state of my business. I was, in fact, doing more in my business than I’ve done over the past year, and just as things were getting fired up, I had to put the brakes on it all.
Letting go instead of stressing out.
A few years ago I would have been terribly stressed out about all of this. Or, I might have tried to keep working on these projects while also taking care of this personal emergency that arose so unexpectedly.
But not now, thankfully!
I’ve learned that in the big picture these small problems aren’t really even problems. I’ve learned they’ll still be there when I’m ready to jump back in, and odds are I’ll be in a better place to complete them more efficiently and with more clarity.
Unexpected business time-outs can be a good thing.
I guess what I want you to realize, for your own business and sanity, is if life creates a time-out in your business, or puts a few obstacles in your way, if you can learn to be OK with that, and let go of your attachment to whatever those obstacles are obstructing or postponing, you will not only avoid stress and frustration, you’ll experience peace.
And, when you do get back to business, things will unfold easier, and very likely better than they would have originally.
This means trusting that no matter what’s happening it’s all perfect.
And yes, that can take some time to accept and embrace. But in my experience, the more times you’re able to let go and watch what happens, trust is reinforced, and it gets easier and easier to let go and allow things to unfold however they’re going to unfold.
So, for now, my business remains on hold.
I’ve removed my free chapter opt-in form and coaching web page until things return to normal and I can deal with them with a clear head. I’m focusing on being present for what’s going on in my life, and trying to make the most of the situation I’ve found myself in.
I’m not sure how long I’ll be away, but I know I’ll be back when the time is right. I also know that at some point in the future I will look back at this time and realize it wasn’t a problem, it was just a temporary time out. And no matter how long it lasted, it was a short blip in the big scheme of things.
The lesson I’d like to share.
I encourage you to apply the letting go strategies I talk about and teach, to not only your life, but your business as well. I promise you that in return you will find peace—even in the midst of unfortunate or unexpected circumstances—and there’s a good chance you’ll discover that when you get back to business, you’ll actually be in a better place to drive your mission forward than when you left.
Learning to let go in business.
If you’d like to learn more about how to let go and trust in life, or in business, I encourage you to check out my online courses.
I also share six steps you can follow to help you let go and allow inspired ideas to pull your life and your business forward, in my book, The Following Inspiration Experiment.