A couple of weeks ago, I got stuck in an endless feedback loop like many times before in my life. I’ve been thinking of ways to completely revamp this here site, along with my business and my focus. Combine that with the onset of Winter and a consistent week of overcast days, and I was lost in my head and, to be honest, feeling a bit isolated. Mild depression reared it’s ugly head for the first time in what seems like years.
But I still showed up to work.
This is the main difference between having a hobby and having a business. Even when you don’t feel up to it, or would rather be doing anything but that, you show up to work. You don’t get to put it aside (not completely anyway! ) until you feel like doing it again.
That’s not to say that as entrepreneurs we can’t take time to take care of ourselves, far from it. That’s why most of us got into this crazy world of working for ourselves to begin with. The freedom to craft our own life to be more balanced while doing what we love is the only way to live for us, so it’s a no-brainer. If we need a day to just veg out and watch silly sit-com reruns, take a long walk in nature or go to an art museum for a stroll, we do it. We do it better than most because we understand that this time is helpful for us in the long run, not just putting off work out of laziness.
But letting it go for longer than a day or two is detrimental, and this is the biggest difference of all. You have to come back, brush off, and dive back in. Even when you’re not into it. Those products aren’t going to make themselves and the blog posts won’t write themselves. They are depending on you to bring them to life. So are your followers and admirers.
Luckily, I’ve found that doing my work is the most cathartic therapy of them all. When you genuinely love what you do you crave it when not working. If you’re shaking your head at this idea, it’s time to find a new line of work, just sayin’.
So the message here is to take time for yourself when it’s needed, but bask in the awesomeness that you will show up, you will do the work, and you will continue building this life that you love. Press on, friends.
P.S. I had already written this post when the awesome new podcast, Being Boss by Kathleen Shannon and Emily Thompson, debuted with this exact topic and with more specifics about what it means to do The Work. Must be in the wavelengths of the universe 🙂 Be sure to give it a listen and subscribe to the newsletter for updates!