I can still remember the feeling of desperation as I walked along the beach trying to come up with a solution that would allow me to escape a life where I was feeling increasingly stressed out and anxious and start a new, more fulfilling chapter.
By the time this particular holiday had come around I was feeling exhausted and drained. But instead of being the relaxing break I needed, my mind was constantly whirling with business ideas and financial calculations.
And by the time I was heading home I still hadn’t found the answers I was looking for…
What I didn’t realise at the time was that the answers weren’t flowing because I was in completely the wrong headspace.
You see there’s a time to push, push, push…a time to plan and take action, but you also need to take a step back from time to time, to stop pushing and make room for new ideas to come to you.
And being on holiday where you’re away from the day to day grind is the perfect time for this…if you allow it!
Being away from your daily routine provides you with a great opportunity to put any negative emotions you’ve been feeling on hold and create the space you need to do some important groundwork which will really help you once you’re ready to get your business venture off the ground.
So while you’re busy soaking up the sun, put your time to good effect…
1. Take time to reflect
Taking time away is the perfect opportunity to look back on your life as it currently is and be honest about which areas are working for you and to what extent, and which need more work or even a complete revamp.
Go through each of the four areas below and give them a rating between 1 and 10, with 1 being the lowest and 10 being perfect…
>> Health & Wellbeing
Within each of these areas, think about what you really want, what would make you really happy, and also what drains your energy and which you would ideally like to eradicate from your life.
A good way to really tap into those thoughts is by treating this as a free flowing writing exercise. As a starting point, write the area you want to focus on and then just start writing whatever comes into your head until you have got everything out and down on paper.
2. Get back in touch with yourself
Taking a holiday is a good time to reconnect with who you are. Something that is important when you’re starting out in business.
It’s all too easy to lose yourself amongst all the different roles you end up playing in your life…daughter, wife/partner, mother, friend, employee, manager, etc.
Take some time just for you where you can get back in touch with who you really are and what makes you tick…
What are your values?
What is important to you?
What are your strengths?
What are your weaknesses?
How do you like to learn?
What do you need to help you make decisions?
How do you like to communicate and be communicated with?
What skills, knowledge and experience do you have?
What are you really passionate about?
What gets you motivated?
What zaps your energy?
What do you want to be, do and have in all aspects of your life?
Getting to know yourself again will serve a number of purposes as you move forwards.
It will give you the confidence you need as you step out into the unknown and give you the courage to put yourself out there as YOU.
And it will allow you to build a business that reflects who you are, work in the way you want to, and create the life you’ve dreamed of.
3. Understand your Drivers
As well as developing an understanding of the warm and fuzzy side of you, it’s also important to understand what drives you, especially in terms of your business dreams.
So while you’re lying on your sunbed enjoying your time out, ask yourself…
>> What makes you want to have your own business?
>> What makes you want to work for yourself rather than for someone else?
>> Why do you want to do a particular business?
>> Why do you want to work with a particular type of customer?
Getting clarity around your Whys will both help you get clear on your purpose and will also act as a great motivator, especially when things aren’t going to plan.
4. Make room so you can become an Idea Incubator
Great ideas are at the heart of any business.
But those ideas rarely come on demand. In fact the more you try to force them, the less likely they are to come.
I find that the brain has this amazing ability to generate great ideas all on its own. And the best way to allow them to come through is to start by thinking about the problem you are trying to solve or the outcome you are trying to achieve.
Once you’re clear on that…go off and do something else. Go for a walk on the beach, have a dip in the pool (or if you prefer, drift around on an inflatable flamingo with cocktail in hand), or do something fun. Just forget about what you’re seeking.
Basically, if you want the ideas to flow take a leaf out of Elsa’s book and “Let it Go”!
What you’ll find is that as you’re doing whatever it is you’ve chosen to do ideas will start popping into your head out of nowhere and then begin multiplying.
Because this normally happens at the most inopportune times, make sure you keep a notebook and pen close by so you can write them all down before they disappear again, or if you’re like me, you become overwhelmed by the avalanche of new ideas flooding in. Or, if you don’t have pen and paper handy, write them as notes in your phone or record voice notes.
Want to make sure you have the right support in place so you’re ready to get your business idea off the ground as soon as you’re back from holiday? Then book your free Build Your Business strategy session now.