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how many things do you have on your to do list right now?
how many balls are you juggling in the air right now?
how many items are going through your mind right now?
most of us would probably answer “too many” but we would also say that it’s just how life is right now. many of us are building businesses at the same time as we are working in other jobs too – as parents, as employees, as caregivers, as partners.
i know it is tough to build a biz.
- you don’t feel like you really stand out
- other people are already doing what you want to do
- other people copy what you are already doing
- you worry that you won’t be noticed
- if feels like maybe you are too late
- it seems like there are competitors every way you turn
- you wonder why bother?
but here is something to keep in mind, something really cool….
after i started telling the story of how the lighthouse quote was my ah ha moment and how the lighthouse had become symbol for what i believe we women in biz are really building, i discovered that there is a book called Attracting Perfect Customers: The Power of Strategic Synchronicity by Stacey Hall & Jan Brogniez that uses the lighthouse quote & symbol as well.
it’s a great analogy…
i think i have probably shared here before that i am an over-achiever slash perfectionist.
growing up, i was the “smart one”.
the first time i realized i was the smart one i was in year 5 and i won an award for having the top marks of my grade level. before that i knew i was smart of course, but that is when i officially became “the smart one” and also officially got addicted to achieving top marks. yep...
last week i spoke at and attended the artful business conference in melbourne and was so lucky to hear lisa messenger speak at the end of the first day.
if you aren’t familiar with lisa messenger, she is the founder of the renegade collective magazine and while i was a reader and fan before the conference i am now a huge fangirl.
(i may have embarrassed myself a little actually gushing over her after her talk. whatevs!)
i just had this tiny moment of complete panic.
i looked at my calendar and it’s September 15th.
how did that happen?
i’ve got it marked in my calendar that from dec 15th we will be on a break for christmas (and summer vacation here in australia.)
that means there are just 3 months left of “work” for 2014.
music is a huge source of inspiration to me (as you may have noticed if you follow me on instagram where i share music & lyrics every week that fit the theme of my blog posts!)
often times a song will come on the radio and i can hear that there is a message for me there. other times i will be working on something and i hear a song in my head that fits perfectly.
are you a perfectionist? do you maybe have a bit of a perfectionist streak somewhere?
perfectionist: a person who refuses to accept any standard short of perfection.
it can come in to play in many ways in your biz, and it’s not inherently a bad thing. i think it is good to have high standards – to want to put your best work out there.
the trouble is when we don’t let ourselves put something out there if it is not perfect, or worse… if we measure our self-worth by an unobtainable idea of perfection.
it’s the whole “it’s not good enough/i’m not good enough” fear manifesting itself in our biz through perfectionism.
and it’s the stuff that can get in the way of you shining your light in this world. so what do you do?
last week i wrote about how this lighthouse building stuff is hard work sometimes.
this journey that we are on pushes us outside our comfort zone. we have to grow in ways we never could have predicted.
not only that, there is so much to learn, and so many jobs that need to get done.
some days it feels scary. some days it feels overwhelming. and some days it feels like you work and work and work and you just aren’t getting anywhere.
like you’re going in circles.
since i started focusing on building a lighthouse i’ve been on this crazy path.
i’m striving for clarity and purpose… i want to stand tall and shine my light in this world.
and that’s led me to authenticity, which has led me to vulnerability, which has led me to working on feelings of unworthiness, which has led me to shame, which has led me to fear.
not gonna lie, it’s hard.