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Overcoming stress or overwhelm in your business can be one of the hardest emotional and physical challenges you face. Here in the first part of a two part series on overcoming stress, I present one awesome tool for you to use.
Before we get onto that, let’s be honest here.
You might not even know you are experiencing stress or overwhelm. Take a moment and look at the feelings or statements and ask yourself if any of these sound familiar to you?
“I’m overwhelmed, torn and frustrated”
“My business is time consuming and tiring”
“I’m spreading myself too thin”
“I have to force myself to take action”
“I can’t make a decent living”
“I’ve got lack of structure”
“I’ve got a lack of clarity”
“I’m pulled in so many different directions, there’s distractions everywhere”
If you said yes to any of the above then read on!
Overcoming Overwhelm – Are You In Flow?
If any of the above statements rang true for you then take note. These are the words that come from someone who is out of flow.
When I say flow – I mean what Carl Jung called synchronicity, the collective unconscious. When we are in flow, i.e, doing what we love to do and it comes so easily to us it doesn’t even feel like work, then we somehow attract positive coincidences, experiences, situations, opportunities.
When we are out of flow – we experience stress and overwhelm.
So, this is why you need to get back in flow.
How To Overcome Stress – The Habit Of Connection
To overcome your feeling of overwhelm and stress, I want to suggest one lifestyle tool you can use everyday to start creating connection. I call this your connection habit.
The habit of connection is about reconnecting to your soul, to the collective unconscious, the universe, what God wants for you, for your soul – that’s what you need to reconnect to.
Because when you have your connection, you’ll be creating synchronicity, you’ll be tapping into that collective unconscious, you’ll be creating flow. Magic will happen to you, but it will be no accident and that’s where your ultimate lifestyle business comes from.
So, the secret to overcoming overwhelm and getting back into our sense of flow, the secret is maintaining connection regularly. We’ve got to have a habit of connection and if you want to create your ultimate lifestyle or you just want to eradicate stress or overwhelm then you must create a connection habit.
That means it’s not something that happens once, it’s not something that happens twice. It’s something that happens everyday. You stay connected and every single day, you need to make sure that you do that.
And so what we need to do is to create that habit connection?
We’ll look at that in Part Two.
This week has been a very family oriented one for me… Friday night was a small engagement party in Hobart with my family-which was LOADS of fun. I’m really close to my family here, and love catching up with all my aunts, uncles and cousins!
Then on Sunday it was my Mum’s 60th birthday. We surprised her with a delightful cruise down the Derwent River to a wonderful venue called Peppermint Bay. As my sisters Kath, Emma and I worked on the speech, we discovered she had packed over 7,200 lunchboxes in her time… WHOA!
The rest of the week was looking at wedding venues for our own Big Day in January. Oh my Lord. I’m in the events industry, but I’m telling you… finding a wedding venue is no mean feat. I’ll let you know how we progress.
It honestly rocks to be able to take some time to spend with family like this though. Make it a mission to create a SUPERLATIVE LIFESTYLE BUSINESS! You’ll never regret it!
This week has all been about the wonderful MDM and the Business Transformation Week on the Gold Coast. I have to tell you, the breakthroughs and growth we saw over the 7 days was INCREDIBLE!
We took them out on the high ropes course and it was absolutely pouring with rain. If you haven’t seen it already check out last week’s BTS tip! You know what though? They all kept their spirits high and completed a really challenging course in the torrential flood-causing rain. There were literally dozens of roadblocks and floods around the Gold Coast area, yet these guys still rose to the challenge.
Anyone can do a ropes course in the fine weather (phobias permitting!) but in the flood-causing rain? I guess it was like making money in July 2008 vs post-GFC. The ecnomic climate has changed but it doesnt mean we can’t succeed in business…it just means that we need to be a little more cautious.
Anyhow – they were such an amazing bunch. Check out some of these photos from the ropes course and from our super fun awards nights. There’s lots of photos on facebook for you.
I read a report in the paper the other day that the British are guaranteed a long, hot Summer. Get the barbeques ready and the sunglasses out. Who needs to fly abroad anyway? This way you get to beat the ash. So, what holiday plans have you got for this summer (or winter if you’re in Oz)? Please do share the exciting ones with us – it always gives me ideas for my next vacation!
In a few days, Greg and I are flying out to Antibes in the South of France. It’s not technically a holiday because we’ll still be working out there but it still gives us a chance to dine out on all that yummy French food. Isn’t French food just the best? I just love the way the French practically build their whole day around their meals. I like that they place this at the centre of their existence. It says something about how healthy they are – rather than placing their lives around their workload.
Holidays aren’t just an annual event are they? In our business we permanently aim for the relaxed edge that holidays give us. What you get out of holidays – the time to unwind and relax and get the work/life balance into perspective – we try to strive for everyday. How can you bring the holiday into your work-life? It’s actually more productive than you think….
Think about it this week as you soak in the sun in your lunch-break.
If you are too busy working in your business to notice that your life has been on hold for a few years now- then chances are you don’t even have time to read this article. But I promise you if you do, you will be richly rewarded. You see, as Michael Gerber said in the The E-Myth most of us get into business because we want to be our own boss- and then our Lifestyle goes down the tube in a flurry of tax preparation, stock taking, hiring and firing and general stress!
But times are changing and more and more business owners are undergoing what I refer to as “The Lifestyle Shift”. They are waking up to the fact that they are the boss, and they should be able to design their business to match their lifestyle. From the ground up.
If it’s time for you to have more time for yourself, your family, and for your dreams, then read on…
Your lifestyle is ultimately your life’s work. We are all artists, whether we acknowledge that or not. And every day we are gifted with a canvas upon which to create our design. We are now operating in the Information Age, at a time of great wealth and great possibility. Yet seemingly intelligent people continue to operate under old assumptions. Too many people I know “work hard” for no other reason than they thought that’s what they were expected to do. There has never been a greater time than now to design a life the way you want it.
How do you “Design Your Life?”
The first step is a simple one.
Wake up to the fact that YOU ARE THE BOSS. Your life is the way it is because you let it be that way- either by your actions or non-actions. You are tolerating it, or fostering it, or forcing it to be just how it is. Most of us get so busy just getting the work done that we forget to take stock and remember who’s in charge.
You started your business. It is a direct reflection of you. So isn’t it time to take responsibility for your deepest desires and start making it JUST HOW YOU WANT IT?
My greatest wish for the world is that everyone lives a life of self-expression. By that I mean that one’s life is an expression of that unique identity within them. It honestly breaks my heart when I speak to business owners who describe their lifestyle as anything less than awesome. As business owners we are in pole position to craft our lives the way we want to. For heaven’s sake, if the guy or girl running the show can’t have it they way they want it, what hope is there for anyone else? I think it’s just that we get lazy. We get lazy because questioning our assumptions and making changes in the way we operate is actually harder to do than work 70 hours a week!
So what can you do?
Take a half a day for yourself. Get out of your routine. Go to a place that conjures up “the sacred” for you. That is different for everyone. For some its a church, for some a park, for some a bookshop or the Virgin Megastore! Wherever you feel connected to your creator, the universe or your higher self. Spend a couple of hours just hanging out with yourself, and then in that space – ask yourself one simple question: “is your business supporting your lifestyle or eating away at it?”
Make no mistake- if it is not actively building it up, it is wearing it away slowly through attrition. There is no middle ground here.
Commit to taking one action this week that will allow you to reclaim your lifestyle.
For more information go to: www.Shiftlifestyle.com/Laws