I spent over four years hustling my butt off in my business, and now I'm writing this while sitting outside by my lake here in Nova Scotia. Living by the water has been a form of self-care for me, and sitting and reflecting on my dock is my way of taking control of my situations to channel a healthy hustle that is both lucrative and sustainable.
There’s a time and a place to kick it into gear and go, but I might have saved myself a few mental breakdowns and anxiety attacks had I fed my hustle from a place of peace instead of urgency and fear. What do I mean by fear? Well, when you really love what you do, the fear of not being enough or falling short might creep in. Am I right? And if everything you need to do is urgent, then how do you ever prioritize or stop working?
If you’ve read my previous blog post you will know that working from a place of fear and urgency is also a scarcity mindset.
We’re all striving to live our best lives and to just be better as humans. Once we realize we are the only one standing in the way, that's when things get simpler. We can crack that. So, here I am... still hustling, but implementing systems that have me feeling so much more calm, clear, aligned, and productive than I have felt in a long while. It's a feeling. It's a flow. It can't be measured or analyzed in likes or follows.
We've gotta create space to create abundance.
So, first download the Alignment Workbook below and then read on!
1. REMEMBER WHY YOU STARTED
When I’m feeling stuck or thrown off-course, I sit back and reflect on why I decided to join my network marketing company back in 2016. I'm instantly reminded of where my heart was before social media and before algorithms. Get back to basics and remember why you started.
Take Action: Ask yourself, what inspired you to begin your journey in the first place? What motivates you to keep going? Why is it important? Write it down. Perhaps along the way your WHY has shifted or has even completely changed. Whatever the reason may be, sit down and have a heart to heart with yourself.
2. ACCEPT THAT YOU CAN’T AND WILL NOT BE EVERYTHING TO EVERYONE.
You can't be everything to everybody or you'll end up being nothing to nobody. This was a hard one for me and still a work in progress. You'll end up with a watered down version of your business if you don’t start working on that now though. You will be so much more impactful and intentional once you focus your lens on where and who you think you can really serve.
Take Action: Stop trying to do everything, and do what you're best at. Write down all of the things your job requires you to do. From that list, circle what you enjoy doing. Then, separate your likes and dislikes into two separate columns. For the tasks you dislike, can you outsource? Can you delegate? Do what it takes for you to find your focus so you can hustle with intention instead of burning the candle at both ends.
3. DROP THE COMPARISON TRAP
Comparing ourselves to others is the least productive thing we could possibly do. Stay in your own lane!!! Focusing on what others are doing and you are lacking is not going to get you to where you want to be. Save that energy for your own hustle, and use it to propel you forward into what you desire.
Take action: A little friendly competition might help get you motivated, but don’t let it consume you. Unfollow accounts that trigger negative feelings and follow more accounts that inspire you and lift you up. Comparison eats up your creativity, kills productivity, and just wastes time. Spend less time scrolling and more time creating - Give your undivided attention to your passion/business and watch it flourish. Remember to practice gratitude every day to stimulate that abundance mindset.
4. TIME MANAGEMENT
I’ll admit, this is actually something I really struggle with! But, it doesn’t mean I’m not constantly striving to have a healthy relationship with time. The biggest thing for me has been switching the mindset from “there’s never enough time” to “I have plenty of time.” Because really, it doesn’t matter if there are 24 hours in the day or if there was 40, we would always find a way to not have enough time. It’s all about prioritizing.
I get it, trust me. The to-do list never ends. But you can not work yourself to death. The best thing to do is set aside blocks of time for certain activities, and prioritize the most important tasks. If you work for yourself, it also is really helpful to set a time each day where you will be completely done. Promise yourself that you’ll close the computer everyday by xyz time and give yourself room to breathe.
Take action: Write out what tasks are most important, and a priority and time block your priorities into your day. Remember to take real lunch breaks and end your day even when you work from home.
5. VISUALIZE YOUR BEST LIFE & TRUST THE PROCESS
Dream it, believe it, achieve it. In order to get what you want, you have to visualize already having it. The below visualization exercise is one that I personally do when I'm feeling stuck, and it freaking works. It's helpful to absolutely anyone trying to manifest success, happiness, and fulfillment:
Take Action: Write out a dream 'about me' bio in the third person. What words are you using to describe yourself? What titles or awards have you earned? Where are you residing? How much money are you making? Don't hold back - Be specific in imagining this future you, and write it out as if it has already happened. I can't tell you statistics or scientific facts for why this works but it does.
At the end of the day, your responsibility for a healthy hustle is aligning every aspect of your life with the effective actions required to produce the outcomes you desire.