Learning to Love the Process

love the process

What happened to the year?

In my online mastermind group, a discussion was started about what we would like to accomplish by the end of the year.

It’s hard for me to believe that it’s just a few months until to the end of 2014. It seems like it was just March a moment ago, I blinked and now it’s the beginning of October.

And now I’m thinking about what I want to do, finish, accomplish and achieve with about 100 days left in the year. The mastermind discussion turned into ‘Let’s post our 100 Day Goals’ and share it with each other for encouragement.

The whole discussion got me thinking … I’ve been so wrapped up in my business these days, that I haven’t had to time write as much in this blog. So this post is what’s been going on with me in my work world.

It’s about how can I push myself to get to the end?

When you’re running a race and you see the finish line, you don’t start walking. That’s the moment where you push yourself and run even harder, right?

You want to finish this thing and finish it strong.

Life isn’t a sprint or a marathon

I think we’ve all heard the expression “Life isn’t a sprint but a marathon.” I had always subscribed to that train of thought until I started to find my place with my business in this social media world.

My path as a small business owner has moved beyond a sprint to the finish. It’s more than just a some marathon expression. My process has become a relay race.

That realization was the moment when I truly took mental possession of my life a solopreneur as a runner in a relay race. I thought I needed to hold on to the baton until I moved past the fears, the stress and the anxiety from all these changes in my business.

Now I know, its not up to me to let go of the baton to move on to the next leg of this race. It’s happening on its own.

It’s all moving forward because I’ve learned to love the process. Even though, my head is hurting, my heart is racing and my legs are getting tired …  I’m going to keep moving.

The Secret to Small Business Success

Having been in business for myself for over 15 years, I’ve uncovered what I believe to be the secret to being a successful solopreneur:

Find your joy in the “doing” of your work and accept that this is part of your process to reach your goals.

Almost every successful small business owner person will tell you that their success depended on the fact that they built a routine that they follow. This is how they get so much done every day.

They learned to love the process of getting there. They learned how to celebrate their successes as well as how to take their hits. They discovered their lessons from their failures and then they got back up.

And then they did the same thing again the next day.

Moving, Shifting and Changing

Having spent most of my working life as a small business owner, I’ve learned how my world is constantly moving, shifting and changing. Some days, I can follow my to-do list and other days, I’ll get an email and it can completely knock me off track.

I totally get that feeling. I work with a client that’s been with me for over 12 years who use to do that to me. They would send me an email with a new project that would throw me off balance for hours and depending on the size of the project, sometimes for days.

I tried for years to help them get a better project schedule so we could make sure that everything was completed on time and without any problems. That would work for a couple of months and then they’d be back into their ‘fly by the seat of their pants’ marketing plan.

Most marketing experts would tell me to drop them as client due to their crazy way of planning but I love working with them. I support the work that they do and I like the idea of working with a company who helps other people.

But for many years, I let their scattered marketing plans disrupt my entire day. After one too many projects in one month like this, I had a conversation with the marketing director to share with her my frustrations.

{ OK so maybe I used the words ‘concerns’ with her but it was really getting exhausting reacting to their unexpected emails. }

The marketing director shared with me this little nugget of wisdom that I use with my other clients:

If you can’t get to it today, just let me know. If you’re really busy and need more time, just email me back with your estimated response time. Don’t stress about this, nothing is urgent. Just take a deep breath Penney, it’s just not a hill to die on.

 

And I did take a deep breath and released my stress about the work. I found my joy again for working with this client.

I made that a part of learning to love my process.

Love the Process in Learning

You don’t live in a perfect world. You’re going to have frustrating clients. You’re going to have days that knock you off your to-do list.

That’s just life and that’s what happens.

Don’t worry about the parts of the process that you’re struggling with or that you have a never-ending list of things that you need to complete. You will always have a list and things to do. That’s the life we’ve chosen as small business owners.

But when you learn to love the process you’ll start to enjoy the work even the moments when it’s not easy. You’ll start to celebrate your successful days, even if they are just baby steps.

So I decided to pull together my 100 Day Goals for my mastermind group. And I’ll continue to push myself a bit more because we’re nearing the end of the year.

I know it’s all part of this process of my relay race. I can see the finish and it’s just beyond that hill.

And quite honestly, once I get past that hill, I’ll keep moving. I’ll keep pushing because it’s just not a hill to die on.

Photo credit: Jumping for Joy

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4 thoughts on “Learning to Love the Process

    • I know, sometimes it feels I get bogged down in all these details and forget the big picture. But when I take a step back, I realize how much I enjoy this process. And I really am starting to enjoy creating all this content and seeing my business grow. Hope you’re working through your things over in your end of the world.

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