“If you don’t want to burn out, stop living like you’re on fire.”
Being an entrepreneur can bring up many things.
When I first started own businesses, (particularly network marketing) one of the things I struggled with was the mindset of HUSTLE. Grind. Make it happen. Force. And that hustling was the ONLY way to be successful. Work hard now, play later. Work hard now, lose sleep if you have to, cut off your friends, work when the kids are napping, after they go to bed, before they get up…even if it’s at 4 a.m. Work hard, go, push, don’t stop ’til it’s all done. I’m tired just thinking of how I lived my life those first few years. And y’all, I was NUTS. Looking back, I feel like I missed out on so many moments because I didn’t slow down to be present. Maybe you can relate?
Before I continue, I will say this. There is definitely a time and a place for working hard in entrepreneurship, but I am going to flip the switch with a slightly different perspective.
Many of us are programmed that hard work and hustle is the only way.
From my experience, when we are working from a place of ALIGNMENT in my business, it means we work inspired, we work when needed and are SUPER strict about our boundaries and time management…it means we are doing what God is leading us to do. And we are able to show up in all our light so that we can shine it into the world.
The forced, the making it happen mindset. Checking off the lists. Doing it all exactly as formulated and believing it will lead to success…and it can and it did for me. On paper, anyway.
But success, defined by me, is living authentically, passionately and creatively.
So eventually, I did burn out. And it led me to something more authentic for my soul. And it works. I do what I feel led to do. I released the notion that I have to hustle and force things to happen and just surrendered to being led and allowing it to flow through me. And it does.
I’d love to hear your thoughts – as an entrepreneur, do you feel this same struggle? What are some ways you align?