A year ago, I was unsure about so many things. Should we move or should we stay in our house? Should we expand our business or maximize what we have? Should I hire more staff or not?
Maybe you have a lot of questions right now. Maybe you are desperately trying to determine the next steps in your life or business.
A few months ago, I was suffering from deep disappointment. I had been let down again. It felt like one step forward, two steps back. (Not a fun dance in life or business.)
My good friend and fellow business owner told me, "You're just getting clear on what you really need."
In the moment, my thought was, "That is NOT helpful." But the more I ruminated on those words, the more they impacted me.
"You're just getting clear on what you really need."
Frustrated with your current office situation? You're getting clear on what you REALLY need.
Employee frustrating you? You're getting clear on what you really need.
House too small? You're getting clear on what you really need.
Schedule not working for your family's needs? More clarity.
It's a shift in attitude, really. Instead of just complaining, bemoaning, languishing, or despairing, you can reframe your situation. "Well, THIS isn't working!!" you can say. And as you throw your hands up in frustration, start to say, "I need <blank.>"
I need employees I can count on.
I need an office that is on the main floor and big enough for me and my husband.
I need more flexibility in my schedule.
I need more time with real human beings.
I need more alone time.
I need more help around here!
With every trial and hardship, you're getting clear on what you need.
Don't complain about it--change it.
Use this hard time to teach you and shape you. Use this frustration to form a new vision for your life--and then RUN after it.
I like to grab a fresh page in a notebook and just "braindump" what I want and what I need. I make a list (no matter how pie-in-the-sky or how ludicrious the idea might be) of what I want and need. This list is the springboard for changes and decisions I can make in my life and my business.
Don't just complain about it. Change it.
Get clear on what you REALLY need and then go take action. You can do it. I know you can!
About the Author
Hi, I'm Jen Hickle!