How to Make Things Easier
If you feel like everything is really hard work at the moment, you’re not alone. The recent survey I did with a mixture of complementary practitioners from different disciplines showed that many of them were overwhelmed, and tired of not getting anywhere in their business.
Try these simple ideas for making things easier for yourself.
Resisting certain jobs and challenges within your practice just makes the job in hand even harder. By accepting that some things are challenging, you stop the resistance and open yourself up to finding solutions.
As a practitioner you will be wearing many different hats, there will always be things that you don’t want to do (or don’t like doing), or you wish you could avoid.
Less resistance will mean you are not fighting yourself and instead accepting and working with what is in front of you. On reflection, you’ll see your thoughts about a certain task were much worse than the task itself.
By accepting these things that challenge and stretch you are just part of the journey, it will help you to flow with them.
“Acceptance doesn’t mean resignation. It means understanding something is what it is and there’s got to be a way through it.” Michael J Fox
How many times have you found yourself saying yes to things when every cell in your body was shouting NO? Times when you committed yourself to something and regretted the decision afterwards, because you just knew that it wasn’t right for you?
We’ve all been there! The best approach is to learn from this situation and not spend ages analysing it. Next time you are asked to do something that doesn’t feel right, you are allowed to say NO! It doesn’t have to be quite as direct as this, but you need to listen to your instinct and do what you know is right for you.
“Your capacity to say yes to what makes your soul sing is only as great as your capacity to say no to what doesn’t.” Hollie Holden
Ask for help!
Just because you can do something, it doesn’t mean you have to. Start to identify some of the tasks or jobs you can ask others for support with. Whether it is asking for help with the dishes or creating social media pictures – anything you can delegate will give you time and more importantly space.
Let things go!
Somethings become hard work when you really don’t want to do them anymore. This can feel the same if it is something you don’t know how to do, but think you should.
Decide if the task in mind is really essential to you and/or your business. Once this is clear, either stop doing it or ask for help (see the point above). By letting go of things that are no longer serving you, you open yourself up to do the things that will make a difference.
Drop the busy badge!
So often being busy is mistaken as a sign of success when really it is just a place that we hide in when we are overwhelmed or scared. If you find yourself being constantly being busy and you aren’t achieving what you need to, it is time to drop the busy badge and get focused on what will make a difference to you and your business.
“How often do we try to solve problems by doing more of what’s not working – doing it harder, grinding it out longer.” Brene Brown
Take time out!
No matter how much you love what you do, you need time away in order to recharge both physically and mentally. Allow yourself at least one day a week to switch off and the results will be huge in terms of the energy and focus you will bring to your practice on your return.
So what are you going to do to make things easier this week?
If you are struggling with this topic, contact me and find out how I can help you.