What are some of the growing pains — aka messy middles — of a business?
— burn out
The thing about the messy middle is this: it often takes a Breakdown to make a change big enough to get through it.
Often, the breakdown leads to a breakthrough.
That happens to me over and over again. I hit the messy middle. I breakdown. The breakthrough happens. I keep going.
The part of this that I am most passionate about is helping you through the messy middle of change. Any change.
Simplifying your business is a change that can be just as overwhelming because editing out what needs to go is hard, hard work.
Changing your business model is change and hard to do because you’re afraid of leaving people behind — or things not working out.
Building something new while keeping something going is challenging terrain that is best done with support, motivation and inspiration rather than doing it yourself. I’ve been there. The discomfort of investing in support is better than the discomfort of ending up down the wrong path and having to reroute.
I know, I’ve been there. I’ve crawled through the trenches and traveled through the weedy terrain of the messy middle of change many times.
How to get through the messy middle to the other side?
When I had reached burn out with my first business, I had a few levels of messy middle to travel through.
First there was the messy middle of knowing a change was needed but not sure how to go about it.
Then there was the messy middle of making that change.
Along the way, I’ve learned a lot about growing the gap that I share with my clients who are doing the same thing.
For example, Let’s say you have a business model that isn’t working for you and you want to make some big changes.
3 Tips for Growing through the Gap:
Make sure you know where you are going. Having a blueprint — not just for your business – but for your life is essential. Even if you don’t know where you want to be in retirement, know how you want to be living a year from now before you step out on your path. This helps you find the best path to the change you want to make. Taking any path will take you to anyone’s dream. Your goal should be to do what feels right for you.
Know what it’s going to take to get to the desired change. Not just the steps but the inner work that you need to do to get you through the challenging moments. The steps need to be clear and precise but also offer room for flexibility.
Connect with your Brave Yes Mindset. A big part of the work I do with my clients is on being steady with a growth mindset. The gap is large but not impossible. The gap is uncertain but not out of reach. The gap is scary but not a horror movie.
Are you growing through the gap right now? Let’s talk about your Brave Yes Life & Business Goals. I love to hop on clarity calls with potential clients and walk you through a series of questions to help understand where you are and where you want to grow and go. Learn more and sign up here.
This month, I’ve been focusing on the importance of investing in your capacity as a CEO and entrepreneur — because in order to be braver, be bolder and do braver work in this world, we must have the capacity for it all.
Without capacity we are left exhausted and floundering. We never set our best intentions forward when we are burned out an exhausted.
Capacity ebbs and flows but at the end of the day, the number ONE capacity stealer that I see over and over in my work with entrepreneurs is this → a lack of self-worth.
There is no bigger drain on our creativity, our energy, our wellbeing than not believing we are good enough.
It just so happens that I have been coaching, studying and building a body of work around enoughness for years and it’s a huge part of my coaching program.
I’m a believer in Radical Wellbeing for CEOs, Founders and Entrepreneurs who are doing Brave Work.
First, What is Radical Wellbeing?
When I was coaching moms around the world to find more peace and ease in their lives, I often said this — > the harder the day you had with your most challenging kiddo, the more self-care you need.
Radical wellbeing is radical because it’s literally about putting yourself extremely first. Extremely. Because you need it. You’re holding up a lot.
Most of my clients are not just business owners.
They have families and homes and health issues.
They don’t have a ton of support for themselves.
And they have big dreams. Dreams that are often too big for them to take on because of their capacity.
Next, What is Brave work?
Brave Work is what Brave Yes CEOs put into the world.
It goes against the everyday norms of our society, the culture we were born into, the culture that we’re being swallowed up by right now.
It sets out to create a new culture.
A new identity.
A new way of being.
Upleveling or changing how we do our work, how we show up.
And much, much more …
Brave Work is often your soul’s work. It’s what you were meant to do.
And, it can also be doing the work you do — just very differently.
Whatever your Brave Work is— maybe it’s just being more visible and taking up more space — or putting yourself at the center of the work youv’e been hiding behind for so long … you have to have the clarity, the capacity and the courage to do it.
That’s the foundation of brave Yes coaching.
But today I want to focus on the capacity piece of my coaching work because so many of you reached out to say YES, CAPACITY. THAT’S WHERE I NEED TO INVEST RIGHT NOW.
I think out of everything I talk to my clients about in private coaching, taking everyday courageous leaps is where my heart lights up the most.
As a Brave Yes Coach for creative CEOs and Entrepreneurs, my clients are all on a mission to play bigger, expand and reach their next level of growth or professional development. They also recognize they need a little push themselves out of their comfort zones this year and so I see my role as a gentle. persistent nudger.
But let’s be honest: None of us are ready to jump out of an airplane without some everyday leaps that lead us to that moment.
Last year, I began a list of 100 Brave Yeses anyone could take.
That soon became 200.
And now I”m working toward 365.
There’s are so many ways we can be more courageous in our creative work — and in our lives.
And since your business is a part of both — you can practice everyday courage in life and creativity and it all counts.
One of my favorite homework assignments to give my clients is journaling on a sticky issue. So I encourage you to create your own list of 22 leaps YOU can make this year in your business.
So without dragging this out, let’s just get into it.
This is a part of my 22 in 22 Project, where I am sharing a Brave Yes List of various topics that feel good to me — because I happen to love list making and February is my birthday month and this is my blog and I can do what I want. You can read through all of the lists here. I have no idea how many of these lists I’ll create … so stick around and just see what’s up.
22 Everyday Leaps to Take In Your Business in 2022
WANT TO TAKE BOLDER, BRAVER LEAPS IN YOUR BUSINESS? Let’s chat about your business, life goals and how the two can fit together. Let’s definitely chat on Zoom and assess where you are ready for a life or professional EXPANSION. Learn more and schedule here.