It’s my birthday today and I’m working!
Big deal I hear you say, but if you know me well, you’ll know I never work on my birthday, haven’t for years. So why today? Well, I’m working because what I am doing doesn’t feel like work, simple as that.
I’m sitting in a supportive, creative co-working environment that inspires me. And I’m spending time developing my business and brand in alignment with my goals and principles.
I don’t have any ‘work’ on at the moment in the traditional sense of the word. I’m using the space created by this to develop my ideas, reflect and reset, define what’s important to me and make sure I’m on the right path.
Being self-employed stretches you - you find the edge of what comfort means to you then go beyond it as with the discomfort comes learning and growth.
Allowing myself to have space and time without filling it with a contract is uncomfortable for me, but if I am to follow my plan to remain at the leading edge of my field, I can’t be side tracked.
Staying positive and open is key to allowing the next ideas or projects in, if there’s no room then nothing can enter and grow.
So, I’m sitting back and feeling what it’s like to Learn instead of Earn, to Research instead of Search and to trust that I’m right.
What is it that you’d like to give space to so it can start to flourish?
It could be an idea or a project you’ve been putting off as you’ve just not had time to give to it. What can you do to create that space?
Think about something you do now that doesn’t serve you, time or energy-wise - can you bag it, i.e. stop doing it completely?
If you can’t get rid of it completely can you buy it? Think about buying time by getting rid of a task that you don’t enjoy that you can pay someone else to do it to allow you that extra space and time.
Or in this age of circular economy why not barter it? Bartering with someone that has a skill you need, and you can help in some way could lead to double mutual satisfaction and future partnerships.
Create some space and see what happens, you may be surprised at what grows…
When it doesn’t feel like work it means you’re working it!