Your business has an entity separate from ‘You’
Ever had a personal crisis that threatened to consume you?
The death of someone close, a relationship breakup or other major life event.
It pulls the rug out from under you, so you’re flat on the floor and broken (or so it feels).
Your head’s in a muddle, and your thoughts are all over the place.
Any spare energy you have is being used up to get you through the day.
And as the guilt creeps in, you ask yourself “How am I supposed to carry on in my business in this state?”
When you’re a solopreneur, the buck stops with you, of course.
But what if the very thing you do requires all of you – body, mind, heart and soul ? It requires that you create a special ‘something’ that your client can lean into?
You can’t just go through the motions – you have to *be there* for them.
And when you’re struggling with a personal crisis, that might seem like an impossible task.
But the thing you must remember is you are not your business.
Your business has an energy and an ‘entity’ separate from You.
And to allow it to function as a separate entity, you need to look a little deeper inside ‘You’.
Do you remember those Russian nesting dolls – that stack one inside the other?
As a child I used to love opening these all out, from the biggest one all the way down to the tiniest one. I was intrigued how at first glance there was only one doll, but secretly hidden inside were all these others !
A bit like you and your business ‘entity’.
You could view your business as the doll on the outside – the biggest most ‘public’ one. The other dolls are well hidden on the inside – the very smallest doll represents the most vulnerable part of you, and it’s this one that needs the most attention in times of crisis.
How can you take care of the smallest ‘You’
How can you take care of the smallest ‘you’?
Stop. Go deep inside. And Listen.
This will enable you to cut through all the fog and jumble in your head, and drop down into a deeper place of knowing in your heart.
Take yourself into a peaceful place – a walk in nature, meditation in your favourite chair, listening to the rain or birdsong to calm your mind.
Get yourself out of your head and into your body, and listen to what comes up for you.
Quieting your mind chatter and being open to receiving a deeper message, is the first step to coming closer to the innermost ‘you’.
This might take some time to do, as your mind battles to keep things together, but stick with it, and give yourself permission to do this imperfectly.
Ask yourself “What do I really need?”
In the height of crisis, it’s even more important to ask this question. As personal events continue to unfold around you, knowing what you’re really yearning for is essential to keeping fully resourced (and not depleted).
Listen to the answer, and then respond.
You might get conflicting answers, or lots of responses all at once. It might be helpful to write down what comes to you, so you don’t have to ‘think’ too much or make sense of it just yet.
Give yourself what you really need
A good cry, deep witnessing and love, … sleep ?!
Even if you got several answers, you don’t have to stress about which should come first. Once you allow yourself to let go of the guilt and responsibility to keep it all together, and begin to allow your own deep needs to show themselves, your innermost self and your intuition will guide you to what you need and when.
I’ve found it helpful in my own crises to make sure that I have uninterrupted time for myself – to cry, to journal, to lie in my hammock and stare at the ceiling – even if that means going to bed late, or getting up a bit earlier.
Whatever it is, in whatever way works for you, give it to yourself.
Rinse and Repeat.
In a time of crisis your needs will change from moment to moment and day to day – make sure you check in regularly so you can give attention to fulfilling your needs.
Then you’ll be more able to give to your clients, feeling as resourced as you can be (and not feel guilty because they’re not getting the best of you).
Your business has a separate energy and entity all of its own, even though it’s connected to you. When you remember that, you can ‘detach’ from your business, mentally and energetically, leaving you free to deal with your own personal needs.
Letting go of the guilt and worry while you focus on fulfilling your needs, is the quickest and most effective way to stack up all your inner dolls, and be able to bring the biggest ‘public/business’ doll to be out on top again.
PS. Your business goals, dreams and intentions for your Tribe, are wholly separate from your personal feelings about what’s possible for you.
Over To You:
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Photo credits : Many thanks to Alan Alfaro and J Ronald Lee