I’m sure we’ve all hit F5 more than a few times while waiting for a slow webpage to load. After all, we want what we want when we want it, right?
The advances of technology have afforded us the luxury of almost immediate access – literally at the click of a button. If you want a quick answer, just type it into Google, and voila! Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of results bounce right back.
But if the internet connection happens to be taking its sweet time, impatience creeps in.
Is that same impatience taking hold in your life? Or maybe your business?
It’s Hard Work
The majority of the clients I work with are entrepreneurs. They had a vision, goals, and plan (for the most part) when they were starting out and that’s what helped them navigate to where they are today.
I could say the same for my freelancing career too.
We all know it takes hard work to build a business, even when there are countless websites that may indicate otherwise. Like the “just start using this app and your digital marketing will take off” kind of thing we’ve all seen.
But there’s a LOT more to it than just downloading the latest app. The vision that first launched the business needs to be tweaked continuously; that is, if you want to stay relevant and successful.
If you fail to make those tweaks, or do so but they don’t pan out like you envision, impatience may start to take root.
You may become frustrated that no one is responding to your tweets or commenting on your blog. You may become annoyed that your eBook sales aren’t climbing as quickly as Joe Schmoe’s.
And if this emotion takes hold, it’s easy to become reactive instead of proactive.
That’s when F5 can be a lifesaver.
My F5 Experience
I’ve been laying low for the past couple of months, not taking on new clients or marketing.
Because I knew I would be going in for major surgery in August and that I wouldn’t have the energy to tackle much in the way of writing. Thank goodness I had that foresight and didn’t just try to soldier through.
Surgery went fine, but then I had significant complications post-op. And these weren’t minor complications either.
I’ll spare you the details, but it was an incredibly scary time. I’m fortunate I didn’t lose an organ and managed to walk away without any long-term damage.
But what I did walk away with was a new perspective.
- how I want to lead my life
- how I want to use my business for a greater good
- why I need to reorder my priorities in order to achieve the above
If I’m honest, impatience had set in for me prior to surgery. There were several projects that I had to turn down because of the surgery and that didn’t set well with me.
In fact, it annoyed and frustrated me. My plan was to have the surgery, get discharged ASAP, and get back to business.
And when none of that happened as I had planned, I got a major dose of reality.
Those complications came along, beat me over the head with perspective, and impatience went flying out the window.
At that point, it became painfully obvious that I wouldn’t be around to focus on new clients and projects if I didn’t take care of myself first. So that’s what I did – focused on what was most important, because as much as I love my business, my health is more important.
And here I am. I’m still standing and so is my business.
Your F5 Challenge
But that dream can turn into a nightmare rather quickly if you let impatience creep in – that feeling where you have to do X, Y, and Z right now or else you won’t ever succeed.
Or just because everyone else is doing X, Y, or Z, you feel you should too. It can completely consume you.
I get it. It’s an insane amount of work to keep all the wheels greased. Social media, blogging, emails, meetings, invoicing. There’s always more to do.
And let’s not forget the outside pressure that screams, “Yes! You should be doing it all!”
Well, I’m here to remind you that you don’t have to. It’s okay to let some things go or pass tasks along to someone else to worry about. And if those tasks happen to be ones that you don’t particularly enjoy, then all the better. Really, those should be the first ones you delegate.
So maybe it’s time to refresh. Re-prioritize. Tweak that vision, if you will.
Because as entrepreneurs, we sacrifice a lot. And unfortunately, that usually manifests itself via family and friend time.
Consider this: Have you stopped taking your kids to the park because you’re too busy getting out the weekly blog post? Or have you passed on dinner with friends because you had to wrap up the monthly newsletter?
Are you so completely focused on your business that your personal life has suffered?
Quit missing out on those moments, alright? They might not come back around. Hit F5, reset, and make sure your priorities are in check.
Do your priorities get mixed up sometimes? How do you straighten them out? Let’s chat about it in the comments!
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