Do you consider pacing in your business?
Most people enter entrepreneurship and think that they will be an overnight success. They also have a hard time estimating time and timing.
In this episode we talk about prioritizing consistency over intensity, how to look at different seasons in your business, and how to learn to back off so that you can avoid burnout in your business.
Do you recognize the seasons in your business? How about the seasons in your life?
At what point do you ramp up to meet a goal? At what point do you finally let your food off the gas and ease up?
That was the question that started off this conversation here at Serendipitous Rebel.
Often as entrepreneurs (and let’s face it – as a society) we tend to value intensity over consistency.
The problem is that we are also a society that has a hard time maintaining focus and often finds ourselves in burnout.
So what should one do?
In the end it comes down to setting goals that are attached to a purpose, and then continually evaluating the goal. Then determine a pacing and milestones that will help you achieve your goals that stay in alignment with your purpose and priorities.
Easier said than done, right?
So let’s break it down:
- When you set your goals, ask yourself the following:
- Is this in alignment with my purpose and priorities?
- What are the objectives?
- How will I measure my success?
- How can I break this down into incremental milestones along the way?
- How will you celebrate your incremental milestones?
- Build in slower seasons
- You can’t always be in launch/promotion mode. You need to have slower seasons for you AND your clients.
- Focus on one thing at a time.
- You are only one person with one flashlight. You can only shine your flashlight on one thing at a time. We love this podcast from Brené Brown on Finding Focus and Owning Your Attention with Dr. Amishi Jha on just this topic.
- Understand what your capacity is and be realistic on what you can get done and how much you can focus on at any given time.
- Learn when your peak moments and times are.
- All of us function differently. Stop trying to fit your personality and life into the habits and routines of gurus that don’t have to manage the same priorities that you do. Some of us are morning people. Some of us are not.
- Intentionally build in your down time and time for your priorities that are NOT work focused.
Finally, identify and recognize your season and take a deep breath. Collectively let’s let go of the idea that it all must be done TODAY or that we have to have it all figured out and buttoned up by the time we are 30 (Wendy and Krystal are well past that deadline anyway!). Pace yourself. This life – this business – it’s a marathon – not a sprint. And there are no prizes for finishing first. Just the same medal for crossing the finish line that we all get.
Continue the conversation in our Rebel on the Go Facebook Group. If you are interesting in working with Wendy & Krystal to help figure out how to pace in your business reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org