by Christine Kloser
Being a conscious entrepreneur is a demanding lifestyle choice. Yes, it is one of the most fulfilling, rewarding, joyous and lucrative paths you can take but, it requires constant energy, focus and awareness to make it work for your highest and best good.
One of the things that is necessary for all conscious entrepreneurs to do, is to be awake enough in your business (and your life) to notice when a change is necessary. But, sometimes, when you're buried underneath a long "to do" list, multiple projects, deadlines, client demands and marketing... it can be challenging to get your head high enough above the water to notice the larger, deeper changes that need to happen.
In order to help you get clarity on whether or not it's time for change to occur in your business, here are three tell-tale signs to look out for. If one of these signs is present in your business or your life... it's definitely time for re-evaluation, and change. Remember as you review these signs that the simple act of noticing that something may not be working is a step in the right direction. First, you've got to notice that something isn't working, then you're in a powerful position to make some new choices and create a new experience for yourself.
OK... so breathe deeply and see if any of these sound familiar to you:
1) You're Too Busy For Your Own Good
If you're the type of entrepreneur who always feels like you're too busy to get to what really matters in your business, it's definitely time for re-evaluation. Many entrepreneurs find themselves wrapped up in busy detail work and not working on the larger, more important things in their business like relationship building, marketing, customer service, product/program development, etc.
This is definitely you if you often feel a knot in the pit of your stomach when you think of your "to do" list, if you're letting things slip through the cracks, if you keep procrastinating on the priority projects in your business (especially the ones that are directly related to income generation), and if you feel you don't have time to do what you WANT to do in your business.
2) You're Doing Things You Don't Really Want To Do
Take a look at your calendar for this week. Be honest with yourself and determine of all the things you're scheduled to do, what percentage of those things do you really want to be dong? And, what percentage are things you feel you have to do? If you've got a larger percentage of "have to do's" than "want to do's" it's a sign the time for re-evaluation has come.
If you're too overwhelmed to even begin to look at this, keep breathing, you'll get through it. It's common for entrepreneurs to get wrapped up in so many things that you lose your ability to discern if you're doing something "just to do it" or if it's truly calling to your heart. Simply notice if you ever say to yourself, "I don't feel like doing this." And, that alone will begin to cause the shift you're looking for.
3) You're Not Taking Care of Yourself
Have you been making promises to yourself, but not keeping them because you're too wrapped up in your business? For example, do you tell yourself you're going to workout, eat better, get more sleep, spend time with a friend, take a class for the fun of it, try a new activity, read more, etc... only to discover time and time again, you don't actually do those things you say you want to do to take care of yourself?
Again, if this is you, it's time to do some re-evaluation of your business, and your life. If you're not taking care of yourself as you want to, it's a sign that a shift is brewing. You deserve to have time for yourself and time for your business. And, these shifts will begin to occur once you become aware of the need to take better care of yourself.
So, whether you related to one of these signs or all of them, please take a deep breath right now. These signs are not here as a reason to beat yourself up (because some of you reading this will find it easy to do so). These signs are here for you to increase your awareness, to become more conscious of what it is you're doing that isn't working for you. It's time to stop what my husband calls, "gotta go, gotta go, gotta go syndrome" and begin to slow down enough to SEE what's really going on so you can make shifts to bring more freedom and joy into your business, and your life.
© 2009 Christine Kloser
Christine Kloser, author of The Freedom Formula, helps entrepreneurs put soul in their business and money in the bank. If you want to thrive in your purpose-driven, profitable business (while enjoying a soul-satisfying life), send for my special report, How to Avoid the 3 Massive Mistakes Made by Most Conscious Entrepreneurs and my audio, 7 Strategies Entrepreneurial Authors Need to Know... Before Writing a Word, both of which you get (at no charge) when you request my Conscious Business Success Kit at www.LoveYourLife.com.