The Struggles of an Entrepreneur: Balance
Let’s talk Hustle vs. Align.
For an entrepreneur, especially a soulpreneur, to own a thriving business, one needs not just the hustle, but also the alignment. I find I carry both qualities quite evenly balanced, however, there are times when I’m too far on the spectrum of either.
When we are too far on the end of alignment...well, I don’t think there is such a thing as too much alignment, but we must be sure to come down from our spiritual pink cloud every now and then, to actually get work done. That’s where the hustle comes in...
Ahhh, the hustle. The daily grind. The whole reason we opted-in for our own business.
We said no to the commute, and hello to flexibility and living life on our terms.
We said no to being told what to do, and yes to making up the rules.
We said no to being told who our clients are, and one big F-yeah to choosing who we work with.
We said no to doing passionless work day in, and day out, and an even bigger FUCK YEAH to doing work that we truly LOVE.
That’s the problem though...because we love what we do, it can be so easy to become overworked, stressed and burned out, as balance is an ongoing practice. I don’t know a single person who has this balance thing perfectly aced. (If you do, please put me in touch with me) Of course, there are times when we feel balanced, but that won’t last. Just as the Universal Law of Rhythm states, what goes up, must come down. What flows freely, will soon see drought. Where there is light, there is also dark. That’s just how the world works. So how do we manage?
Last week I was in total hustle mode with a major burst of alignment. I was getting divine downloads, left, right and centre. I seriously have enough topics and words that came to me, that I could write an entire novel…which I will do one day. And It’ll be an NY Times Best Seller as well 😉 But for now, let’s stay focused on this blog.
Due to the crazy amount of alignment I was in, I was in my zone of creative genius. How many can relate? As entrepreneurs, when the creativity flows, we gotta take it and run! Use all the creativity before it runs out. In an effort to create our ideas into physical products, services and courses, we end up swinging to the total opposite side: HUSTLE. And this time, we’re in deep.
This is the exact place I was in last week. And while I was enjoying myself, thinking it was magical and great, it wasn’t until the end of the week that I noticed the consequences of my passionate hustle. Thursday, I looked up from my laptop and said to myself, “Shit. How did this place become so neglected?” Dishes piling up, kitchen counter stained and dirty, papers and glasses all over the coffee table, the dining room table, which doubles as my home office… well, I’m sure you can imagine was worse than the coffee table, the garbage needing to be taken out, and the place in a deep need of a vacuum!
My exterior world reflected my inner world. By the end of the week, I was feeling stressed no matter how much meditation I did. I was just in chronic work mode. Even after hubby came home from his day, I was still working. I couldn’t turn off. I didn’t notice the serious effect that my hustle had on my alignment until I was laying on my bed, dizzy and short of breath, having a panic attack, asking myself, “Why is this happening?” I suddenly knew the answers.
I’m anxious AF because I’m in an up-level. I’m growing, I’m making huge progress, and it’s bringing up my old stories of not being enough.
Do you really think you can do this?
Do you really think you have value to add?
Do you really think you’ll be able to run retreats?
Do you really think you’ll be big enough to host events?
Do you really think you’ll be a New York Times best seller?
Do you really think that you were made for this?
Well, YES! I DO. I KNOW MY MISSION LIKE NO OTHER. So again, why was this happening? Why the self-doubt and fear?
Well firstly, Up-leveling does that to you. It’s how you grow. But the focus of this blog is on number two: BALANCE. There was no way that I even came close to meeting the definition of the word balance last week. I had skipped my morning meditation most days to get straight to work, I hadn’t been journaling, I hadn’t done anything to make myself feel physically and emotionally loved, valued, and whole. I wasn't living by the rules that I teach in my Healthy Body, Happy Heart Challenge. (click here to get access free)
As I filled out my journal for the day, I always focus on lessons learned for the day. My lesson was: YOU COME FIRST. NOTHING IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOUR MORNING RITUAL. This may sound lame, but it’s true.
My morning time is what sets me up for the day.
My morning time is what connects me to source and my vision.
My morning time is what reminds me of how loved, valued, and blessed I am.
My morning time is what has created Rachel Joy Lifestyle Design, and it is what will make it continue to flourish.
So if you’re still reading this, I bet you can relate. Right? Otherwise, you would’ve stopped a while ago. So here’s my question for you: Where can you bring more balance into your life?
Love & Gratitude,