If there’s one thing I think 2016 has taught me thus far it’s this: it’s okay to slow down. Early on in my business I felt like everything was rushed, like it all had to be done yesterday. And to be fair, it kind of had to be. I had only a certain amount of runway in my savings and I needed my business to reach some sort of sustainability point if I was going to make it. Thankfully, I did.
But the problem is that my brain has still been in that Go Go Go mode ever since. At the beginning of this year, I could feel that a big lesson I needed to learn was how to downshift a bit and to create a more sustainable lifestyle for myself, one that didn’t include working 12 hour days and weekends too. I have a hard time remembering sometimes that I’m the boss, and that I control the pace of my work.
This “summer sabbatical” as I’ve been calling it has been integral in teaching me the value in a slower pace. What I’ve found is that slowing things down give you space and time to PAY ATTENTION. To let things simmer. To let ideas simmer and mingle and cross-pollinate. I just didn’t give myself that same time before. But I’m realizing there is so much value in that.
Whenever possible, see if you can slow it down. It really will be okay if you do. Amazing things will happen if you only give yourself the space to let it.