If you follow me on my various social media platforms you are guaranteed to see that I work some pretty crazy hours. The last three months have been incredibly busy.
I talk about life balance all the time, telling clients they need to take time out for themselves. Recently I have had friends telling me I need to take my own advice. But I love what I do and sometimes it doesn’t feel like work, I reply.
However, feeling burnt out and incredibly emotional (which, those who know me know is a rare occurrence) I was on the phone to a friend telling her, “I just don’t know what I am doing”. I felt lost. Somewhere on my journey I had lost my way and become muddled. On her advice, she invited me to visit her in Sydney.
I hummed and hawed about the invitation for weeks. It’s a busy time for me and I thought I shouldn’t really be popping overseas for a four-day weekend.
But there I was, late one night working, and all of a sudden, out of the blue I had a full on panic attack. I was on the verge of giving up everything. So there was only one thing for it: I jumped online and booked my ticket to Sydney.
As soon as I caught up with my friend she could see I was in turmoil. We spent hours talking. She basically ripped my business apart and showed me all the ways I was wasting time. I had got into the habit of spending hours just surfing social media, watching the trends and watching what the leaders in my market were doing. I wasn’t following my business plan and I had started to waste time on things that weren’t making money.
I wasn’t valuing my time. When I look back now I can see all my bad habits. All those excuses I was making like, “oh but I needed to help them because….”
We ripped all those habits to pieces, and by the end of the weekend I could see all the mistakes I was making.
I have talked about life balance so many times and I thought I had balance. But I was just fooling myself.
So I am sitting here at Sydney airport and I feel incredible after an inspirational four-day weekend. Like the day I first envisioned my business, I am inspired and I have a plan to stick to. An incredible plan and boy, everything is about to change.
So take note, this is the beginning of something great!