When you're running your own business, sometimes it can feel like there's a giant boulder standing in your way. It often happens when you've been moving forward, feeling awesome, getting a ton done, and then WHAMMO… GIANT BOULDER. (Where did that come from???)
And this boulder (aka, block, obstacle, issue) doesn't seem to want to budge.
You keep pushing and pushing but NOPE, that boulder isn't going anywhere.
You know you've hit a boulder when work feels like a grind, your body starts complaining loudly, and all inspiration has vanished completely.
This happened to me one recent afternoon when my boulder came in the form of a MIGRAINE. I don't get them often, usually once a month related to a change in my hormones. (In truth, even this is way too often, right?)
At some point in the afternoon, I realized that ALL MY FLOW had stopped. I wasn't getting anywhere and I was grinding it out (I HATE GRINDING IT OUT).
So what did I do?
I stopped, just like that. (You can do this too. ;-)
Because continuing to grind it out is NOT productive, NOT efficient, and NOT good for either me or my clients.
I wrapped the last thing up and took a nap. But when I woke up, my headache was still there. No miracle.
I could feel myself getting annoyed and going down the rabbit hole of…“Why is this happening? I have so much to do, I just want to GO…. this means everything is going to hell in a handbasket, all my projects are going to fail, I'm really screwed.”
Whoa nelly – THIS IS NOT GREAT LINE OF THOUGHT. And yet, that's where we tend to automatically go when things aren't going how we want them to.
I stopped that nonsense the second I noticed it. (If you don't have a copy of “Stop Your Spinout” my quickie guide to turning around this kind of thinking, grab it here. It's short, powerful, and really helps in these situations.)
I TLC'd myself for the rest of the evening and went to bed.
This is the Law of Non-Resistance at play. I didn't keep pushing against that boulder. I took the hint and I stopped resisting what was happening.
If you've got a boulder in front of you, whatever it looks like, know that…
1) Your inspiration will come back. It always does.
2) Your business won't collapse. Things really can wait.
3) Resting is not avoidance unless it is. I was back at it again the next day. You'll know the difference.
The Law of Non-Resistance is one of the most powerful laws.
The way to use it?
Ask yourself… what are you resisting?