Running a business is hard. You’ve got to make a lot of decisions by yourself, and then you have to move forward and take action with absolutely confidence in those decisions, even if you don’t always know where you’re going to end up.
A few months ago, I was feeling on top of the world. I was at the very beginning of wedding season and I totally was in a groove! I was just about to graduate from COLLEGE and I really thought I’d made it, like I knew what was coming, and that nothing could stop me. But then reality hit when all of a sudden I experienced real burnout, real quick. I was overworked, tired, and started to fear for the future, post-wedding season, when I wasn’t bringing in the income I would be for the next couple of months.
I realized that I needed to take a step back and really think about what I wanted out of my photography business and how I could get that without overexerting myself and continuing to feel the burnout. I’m such a planner, and kind of a control freak, needing to know what lies in my future before my future even really knows what’s coming, so it’s hard for me to not have a strategy. But I found that when I really look at the big picture and open myself up to receive inspiration and good vibes from the universe, I feel much more peace with where I’m headed and what I’m doing, and I can make some better decisions to help myself continue progressing forward.
Today I’m going to be sharing some of my tips for allowing inspiration and not desperation to rule your decision-making, whether you’re running a business, planning a wedding, or just hoping to get a better grasp on your reality and your future.
The first thing that needs to be done is to eliminate all stress. Stress is the biggest inspiration blocker I know, and it can lead you to make rash decisions based on desperation. Desperate times don’t really call for desperate measures; they call for inspired decision-making and prayer/meditation. Try to enjoy the moment you’re in, even when you’re not sure what’s happening, because everything does happen for a reason. Evaluate the importance of every item on your to-do list and either delegate, cancel, or tackle each item until you get to a better place.
The next thing I’d recommend is to take time to be still. Wake up 30 minutes earlier than you normally do just to sit in peace, journal, meditate, or take a quick peaceful morning walk around the block. Allow yourself to be thoughtful and at peace with your present situation, and keep your heart open to any inspiration that may come your way. You never really know when inspiration will hit, so you might as well give yourself as many chances to receive it as possible.
Another thing I do to receive inspiration is to learn. As much as I love those peaceful moments when I’m letting the good vibes come to me, I also love to seek out new ideas and inspiration for my life and business by listening to podcasts or audiobooks. I do a lot of driving and editing, and both of those things are really conducive to listing to a good podcast or book. Some of my favorites are Gold Digger with Jenna Kutcher, Unf*ck Your Brain, and Munchin with Mogul.
And lastly, in order to receive inspiration, I think you need to be ready and willing to act on anything that comes to mind. You need to be motivated to do what appears to you and think of it as a necessary step in your forward progression, or else your will never truly be at peace with what is happening in your life. When I receive inspiration, I make it a point to write it down and start working on it as soon as possible, tackling any barriers that appear without letting them phase me. As soon as I get to the other side, I always see just how important that action was and I’m so grateful that I just started in on it with all my enthusiasm.
I’d highly recommend you make it a part of your daily routine to open your mind and your heart to receive inspiration. Even sometimes when inspiration hits and something still doesn’t work out, guess what? You’re still amazing, and you’re killing it. Instead of feeling like a failure and starting in on the whole stressful cycle again, just plow forward and enjoy the moment that you are in, because change will come, and right when you need it.