When you want to break up with your business…

When you want to break up with your business…

 I loved reading Verity Johnson’s article on falling out of love with your business on the stuff website this week. (you can check it out here)

 Verity has hit the nail on the head here, on a topic that I for one, think we need to be discussing more openly.

Its hard to run a business

Its especially hard if you are a sole trader and responsible for every single aspect of the business from bill paying to client facing to product development to social media. The ugly truth is, there are days when you actually hate your business and wish you had never created it in the first place. Yes I said that out loud!

If your business was a romantic partner you likely would have broken up with them multiple times by now because quite frankly they are just plain hard work! 

Its time to be REAL about this

The reason I felt compelled to write about this and to share Verity’s article is because I have seen so many clients and colleagues struggle with this reality and the burn out that comes as a result of giving, giving, giving your energy to your business and not feeling like anything is coming back in return. The most concerning part of this for me as a coach is that I continually see people making it a personal failure.

“I dont love my business so their must be something wrong with me”

“I just cant seem to make it work or catch a break or connect with the right people so maybe I’m just not cut out for this”

“My competitors (and everyone else I am comparing myself too) seem to be doing so much better and make it look so easy, What’s wrong with me?”

I think its high time we normalised the tricky, unrelentless and down right disappointing side of running a business and began to foster acceptance that its ok for it to feel hard and to sometimes suck!

I’d love to see more conversations in the media, in networking and facebook groups about the relationship we have with our businesses. The good, the bad and the ugly. We need safe spaces where the business “highlight reel” we all hide behind can be let go in favour of genuine conversations about our daily business lives.

The thing is success doesnt happen by accident.

Success happens through hard work, adjustment, failure, gettting up again and trying a new approach. Success comes from sleepless nights and left turns that turn out to be just the innovation that was needed. Maybe we could all get there quicker and bypass the burn out if we knew it was meant to be hard and often unrewarding!

 No amount of reconnecting to your “why” will save you from the self doubt

But just maybe a real and supportive conversation will.

Maybe knowing you are not alone in your experience will

Perhaps sharing about the tough times we dont speak about will

We celebrate our success but we dont create the space to nurse our wounds after our losses.

What I really want to say is, that if you are having a tough time in your business, if you have lost the love and feel the approaching fatigue and fog of burn out, its not because you are all the negative things you believe about yourself.

Its not that you’re a failure. Its because its bloody hard and you are a hero for even deciding to get in the game. So before you throw it all away, close the doors and call it quits, take a breath.

Give yourself some space to reflect and recover

Talk to a trusted friend, coach or therapist

Decide what you really want from your relationship with your business and find a way to get that. Even if it means a hybrid business/paid work model or putting your business on the backburner for a few months.

To have stepped into the small business arena takes courage and a big dream and those things will still be burning away somewhere within you. But maybe they look a little different to how you first imagined and maybe there is another way that feeling bad about yourself is keeping you from discovering.

And to those of you who are currently in a loved up phase with your business, I’d encourage you to take a moment to be a supportive ear and wise counsel for another business owner who’s currently in the mud with their’s.

 I’d love to know if this resonates with you? free to leave me a comment with your thoughts






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The two most underrated tools for self-healing and personal growth.

The two most underrated tools for self-healing and personal growth.

If you are in my orbit its likely you are on a journey of getting to know yourself better, finding your purpose, healing, personal growth, self care and/or opening up to your intuitive/spiritual nature. This  is a journey I have been on myself for more than 20 years.

In all  that time of the working on myself and working with others I have experimented with many ideas, teachings, tools and processes. I have learnt that instead of turning within, we can overthink our growth and healing and externalise the process by looking for the method or practice that will change everything for us.

What changes everything is curiosity and kindness.

In truth our healing journey back to our true nature is an inside job. All of the external trimmings a distraction from our truest truth, which we are both most afraid of and trying our hardest to connect to.

The solution is curiosity and kindness.

In my work with my clients I see it as my role to support you to embrace the inner journey, to slowly step towards that which feels most uncomfortable with curiosity and kindness. It sounds so very simple yet it can be one of the hardest things to do.

I often observe in my clients as I have in myself this palpable aversion to offering ones self an olive branch, a rope, a ladder, a helping hand. While we often have the capacity to be deeply present with those around us, to support them through tough moments and soul searching it can feel extremely hard to offer even the smallest amount of curiosity and kindness to ourselves.

Our expectation is that we “should” be able to work it out or we “should” be over it by now and we turn to ourself with judgement, harsh self talk, frustration an exasperation instead of a little curiosity and kindness.

Curiosity and kindness break down our inner walls and open a door to greater self understanding, compassion and awareness.

Curiosity and kindness when directed towards ones self, melts those tough defences and invites the soft underbelly of our fears and deepest desires out to play.

Nothing is off limits when we apply curiosity and kindness

So how do we begin to bring curiosity and kindness to the table in our time of need? The easiest way to begin is to imagines you are speaking to a small child with a worry or a problem. Its easier to bring curiosity and kindness to the table when you imagine a dialogue with a child. The harsh judge within takes a step back and allows your curious and kind nature to step forward. When speaking with a child we ask gentle inviting questions and we use soft tones and nurturing words because we know that will invite a sharing and the problem will reveal its self in the safety of your curiosity and kindness.

Offering myself curiosity and kindness in this way has allowed me to build a bridge of deep connection with my truest self and my deepest desires.

It has allowed me to fully accept myself and to heal and to grow and to be the truth of who I am a little more each day. Curiosity and kindness have allowed me to support myself in every aspect of my life and to turn to others for support when I need it.  Curiosity and Kindness are the two most underrated tools for self healing and personal growth.  Today I invite you to experiment a little with curiosity and kindness yourself and to let me know if you feel and opening as I have. An opening of a deeper relationship to yourself.

“The door to the sanctuary is inside you” Rumi

You can always book a free chat with me to discuss where your starting point might be. Book here

Are you the Queen of Stuckness?

Are you the Queen of Stuckness?

Stuck is a story I have told myself a lot in the 4 years since starting my coaching business and I suspect I am far from alone in my stuckness.

Stuck is conveinient, it justifies procrastination, it excuses us from reaching our goals and dreams and it allows us to feel ok about mediocre results. The truth is stuck falls into 2 categories; fear or belief.

Feeling stuck happens because you are either afraid of stepping up and outside of your comfort zone or you are running a belief that you are not good enough, smart enough, lovable enough or deserving of what it is you really want.

Stuck looks like the inability to move forward no matter how hard you want to. Stuck feels like there is a part of you that just cant connect to the next step even if you know what it is. Stuck disguises itself as the feeling of being off track, not ready or just not feeling it.

Why do we stay stuck? Stuck is safe, stuck keeps you warm and toasty inside your comfort zone. Stuck means you dont have to confront the parts of you that are afraid or dont feel good. Stuck means you dont have to face disappointment or rejection or deal with what will happens if things go really well and get really big. Stuck gives you a sense of control. The real irony is that stuck actually feels like a pretty shitty place to be even though you are choosing it.

So how do you shift stuck? Getting unstuck is a choice. Its a choice you are free to make in any moment. Stuck feels like an invisible jailer and you are searching and searching for the key everywhere. The key is already in your hand. Its been there the whole time!

To Get unstuck you need to decide to use the key! The first step is to look at why you are choosing stuck. Are you afraid of your next step or are you running a belief that you cant have it?

From the safety of stuck in to fear, exhilaration and motivation….. If it its fear that is keeping your stuck it will take a little courage to make a move outside your comfort zone. Choose a tiny, tiny step and give yourself a deadline to take it. Its normal to feel fear when you step outside your comfort zome. Feeling the fear is a good sign you are on the right track and also a sign that you will very soon feel the exhilaration of being on the other side of stuck. Moving from comfort to fear to exhilaration and motivation is simply a series of very small steps. If you need some help working out what those steps are then coaching support can be invaluable here. A good coach will also be your biggest cheerleader celebrating your small steps right along side you.

From stuck beliefs to leveling up your life.…running a limiting belief can keep you stuck for a really long time. I have become so determine to seek out and shift my own and my clients limiting beliefs that last year I trained as an N.L.P coach so I would have the very best tools for change. A limiting belief is simply a glitchy program in your brain. A belief is an idea that you have taken on as your own to the point where your brain now filters information to support that belief. This doesnt mean that the belief is true. It just means you are focusing on the reasons that support it being true. Is it really true? Probably not. Take a step back and really look at your life. What is the evidence suggesting? 9 time out of 10 your life reflects the truth of who you are despite the limiting beleif you are running. You are likely more loved, smarter, more deserving and worthy than your beliefs will have you see.

NLP Coaching shifts limiting beliefs….The great news is that I can easily and quickly help you identify the exact belief that is getting in the way and then we can clear it and create a new supportive belief to replace it. Its called Neural coding and it generally takes 3 sessions to get lasting change and to see you racing out of stuck and into action.

So how are you feeling about your stuck now? It is my hope that you have some insight into what is at the bottom of it and a bit of a plan to take a step forward. If I can help in anyway please feel free to get in touch.

One last thought for you….how you are in one area of your life is affected by all areas of your life. If you dont yet feel ready to deal with the stuckness in your business then look at what else in your life is stuck. Do you have an overgrown garden? Is your wardrobe or garage full of things that need to be cleared out? this too is stuck energy and clearing a little clutter in your life will help you feel stronger about clearing the stuck in the big important and scary areas.

From the Queen of getting you Unstuck

Paula xx