When I started my business, I read several books on start-ups. And they all had one thing in common: They warned of hard work, long hours, and no vacations or time off in the next two to three years. at least. Maybe more. They all said this was necessary to reap the rewards of a nice income later. Much later. Basically they said: do this, slave away at your business, sacrifice your free time, family and friends, or you’re not a businesswoman.
And that put me off entirely from even trying to grow my business. Quite seriously, I’m not ready to be that single-minded and pigheaded. I’m not ready to give up my friends and family, and any fun in my life. I always wanted to believe there is a different way. Yes, I know it’s work to grow a business. But I don’t see why it has to be a 24/7/52 grind for several years. I actually believe it shouldn’t.
However, it’s that notion of head to the grindstone that still dominates many an entrepreneur’s mind. And it stops them dead in their tracks. Grinding like that simply kills creativity, fun and delight in doing what you love.
Yet even this “You have to work very, very hard to create your own business, and you won’t have time for family, fun or vacations for the next two years minimum” stuff is nothing but a limiting belief.
And that’s where EFT comes in. You can let go of that grindstone belief and mentality and shift into a mode where you love what you do – because you can get results and grow your business just the way you want it to. It’s yours to shape.
So sit down and chart the lines of your business:
How many hours do you want to work in in per day?
How much money do you want to make?
Which work do you want to do on your own?
Which stuff do you want to delegate?
What is your genius zone?
What part of your work brings you into the flow?
And once you know that, you can let your brain play at solutions. You can have fun figuring out what to do, when to do it, and how often. And quite possibly you put in long hours, but loving what you do. See the difference from the grindstone?
I believe that for an entrepreneur, the business is more or less their lives. And precisely because of that, it needs to be YOUR business in a good way. It needs to provide joy and success in a way that lets you live and give you breathing space.
So it’s time to let go of that old notion of a business grind. Here are some tapping suggestions:
Even though I always thought that starting a business means hard work and no fun, I’m okay the way I am and I’m open to the possibility that I can create my business in a different way that fits me much better.
Even though I want my own business, but the grind has put me off, I’m okay the way I am, and I now choose to create my successful business my way.
Even though I always held back on my own business because I was so afraid of having to neglect my family and friends for it, I’m okay the way I am, and I’m ready to change this belief for a much more supportive one!
So, what’s your business? And what are you struggling with? What are you changing after reading this blog?
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