Building a business might be the best personal growth program you could ever put yourself into. There are self-help programs that offer incredible tools to work with, but there is no other program outside of your own business that can give you space to learn firsthand what works best for you and what you have to offer.
The personal fulfillment that comes from experimenting with your own work in your own market, the learning curve involved with making a profit and choosing an approach that is best suited to your integrity and the opportunity to transform your life in the process proves nothing short of extraordinary. That is why it is so important to learn how to master staying in charge of your own process. Of making decisions that keep you on track with your own roadmap, and changing that map only when you decide to change it.
There are a myriad of ways to run a business, since your work determines the unique form it takes in the world. The more personal you make it and the stronger the foundation you set for it, the better chance you have of creating one that will last as long as you want it to. That also means one thing: you are in charge. The moment you let someone else make a decision for you that goes against your own personal vision, you relinquish your position as director of your own work. There is no substitute for this.
This position of power over your own destiny requires you to step out of your own comfort zone, to learn things you never dreamed you might need to know and the courage to remain humble in your learning and strong in your vision. This requires focus, for sure, as it can prove quite challenging when taking on a position of power.
The most valuable tool I’ve used and seen some of the most successful business owners use to stay on point with their own vision is to take a pause. When they are faced with a question, they take a pause. When people are throwing advice at them from every angle, all of it seemingly good and pertinent, they take a pause. When someone who knows more about a certain area of their business but not the whole picture is challenging them, they take a pause.
This pause is a brief one, barely noticeable but just long enough to give them the chance to come back to the present moment and consult with their number one council. It rarely fails to bring clarity, consistency and keep them on par with their own vision and purpose.
Taking a pause recently helped me refrain from spending money on a course that on the surface seemed like exactly what I needed, but my gut was telling me otherwise. I wasn’t sure why, but I was torn as on one hand I was feeling like it was a no-brainer to sign up for it, but on the other I had a feeling I should wait. I personally hate waiting, especially when I don’t know what exactly it is I’m waiting for. I was just about ready to make the purchase before I took a long pause to consider what was holding me back. I had made a vow to myself to invest my money into certain areas of my business for specific reasons, and this was one of those “not quite” purchases. I became clear in that moment that needed to wait. So wait I did, as uncomfortable as it was. Less than a week later another course opened up that was the exact one I had been hoping for. It fit my needs exactly, and I knew instantly that was the one I needed.
Taking a pause can save you money, time and your own peace of mind. It can also help condition you to make the kinds of decisions that lead you in the exact direction you want to move in, regardless of what distractions may come up to tell you otherwise.
Try it now! The next time someone asks you a question, take a pause and let me know what happens in the comments below!