Do you crave it?
Do you search for it, but find that it eludes you?
Or is it one of those things that others can have but you can’t?
In May, I decided I wanted to simplify my business.
Here are the main reasons why:
- I knew I was spending a lot of time “creating” with not enough return for my efforts.
- Based on my experience, I knew that my current 1:1 offerings were not sustainable in the long run.
- Even though I thought things were simple already, I still felt tired, like I was running out of steam.
So, simplify I did. (If you’d like to know more about the process I went through, let me know.) And it’s been an emotional roller coaster ever since. I think we’re aware of the benefits of a simpler life. Of “keeping it simple.” That less is more.
But here’s what I was not prepared for:
- The grief that came from letting go of what I’d created (like stuff I’d literally JUST created or planned to create).
- The time and space I suddenly had, now that I didn’t have so much to do which I interpreted as a kind of “emptiness”.
- Having to acknowledge that my mind craves complexity, and having to ask if complexity is the same thing as complicated.
- The realization that when I stripped down my business to its very essence, I had nowhere to hide nor did I have things to keep me busy so I could avoid marketing/selling.
- Having to experience all those feelings to help me see that I thrive on challenge, and that I’ve been creating unnecessary challenges for myself.
Now, having said all that, you might be wondering if I regret my decision to simplify. The short answer is no! (If you want the long answer, I’m happy to share more about my experience.)
Over the next few weeks, I’ll explore the concept of simplicity with you a little more deeply.
Do you have questions you’d like to ask or insights you’d like to share about simplicity or about what I’ve shared today? Leave them in the comments and I’ll reply to you there.