I was really sick recently, to the point where I was forced to stay in bed. I was so unwell, I couldn’t think – let alone think about work. It may sound strange, but I am thankful for that wake up call. My body was giving me a serious sign to slow down.
I had just come back from an amazing and intense two week workshop in Indonesia and instead of giving myself the time to adjust back into home life and process everything I had learned, I got straight off the plane and into work mode. The following three days were spent catching up on emails, doing an interview, working on my plans and goals, working with clients, touching base with my off-site team and picking up where I left off. While I was away my kids had been cared for by their dad, stepmum and grandad so they were very happy to see me when I got home. There I was, back in full mum mode as well.
Then I got the flu.
I was literally in bed for a whole week, and operating at about 30% the following week, and 70% the week after. The only speed I could go was slow. For those of you who have met me, I do not usually go slow. My personality means that my usual speed sits at about 100%. I burn the candle at both ends because I love what I do. I am excited and passionate and motivated to share what I have learned with others. But getting sick, and being forced to slow right down, has given me the time to realised that I was not actually being very productive or efficient. I was trying to do everything all at once, I had grand plans and half finished work and I was finding it difficult to juggle all of this and being a mum. It is part of my nature to try and do many things and not focus on any one thing properly. Jack of all trades, but master of none. I knew this, and I was making really honest attempts to try and address these weaknesses.
Getting sick was actually just what I needed.
You know what I found? That the slower I went, the calmer I was and the less my thoughts raced. I meditate every day, I exercise every day, I eat well, I don’t drink, I have very positive and loving relationships in my life, I have very meaningful and deeply fulfilling work… But I realised I was so rarely present in my life.
When I was sick, the only thing I could focus on was this moment, right now. I couldn’t care for my family, I was unable to work, or even able to get out of bed, and it was the most peaceful time I’ve allowed myself to have. It was extraordinary. All I wanted for when I got better was for this state to of peace to continue (but with perfect health thrown in of course).
So now, I am focusing on focusing. On being present. On eliminating the unnecessary. On being more organised and structured with my time. On narrowing my focus with my business. It’s about slowing down to speed up and not getting caught in the ‘go go go’ mentality. When you work on narrowing your focus, you are actually able to get more done. When you are not trying to be all things to all people, and you choose a few priorities to work on, your productivity levels are still high, and they are also more effective.
When we allow ourselves to slow down, we open ourselves up to a much clearer, calmer and balanced course of action and decision making. We actually almost counter intuitively get more done, because what we are focusing on is meaningful. It is about spending time on activities and projects that help us achieve our goals, and leave time for what is important. It means there is time to spend on looking after yourself, meditating, goal setting, organisation and planning and spend wholesome time with loved ones. Slowing down means you do not do as much, but it helps to get rid of the things that are not so important, and create space to figure out what to do next.
After my workshop overseas and the few weeks I had to rest and recuperate, I became more and more clear and motivated to promote the shift that has been coming for The Happiness Hunter over the last 12 months. I had to do a full scale review of the business; where I have come from, what I love doing, what people enjoy doing with me, what people are paying for, what has been working, what hasn’t, where I want to take this business and how I can best show up in the world.
I realised that I have come full circle.
The Happiness Hunter helps our clients (business owners and business leaders) navigate life and transform their approach to business. We offer mindset coaching and healing, consulting & facilitation, keynote speaking and facilitate live events and workshops, as well as provide The Happiness Hunter Walks and Talks. Being in business is a constant evolution and The Happiness Hunter is no different. The Happiness Hunter teaches through lived and learned experience, so much of this business and community is about real life, face-to-face connection. It’s the space I love to work in, it’s where I draw the most energy and it’s where I can have the most impact. Working with clients one-on-one, working with groups and businesses, to change and grow into their potential – I love it.
If you are interested in taking the next step and joining me for a 1:1 mindset coaching session or finding out how we can help support the growth of your business and the people in it, please get in touch.
The Happiness Hunter helps business owners and business leaders navigate life and transform their approach to business.
Our services include mindset coaching and healing services, workshops, retreats, keynote presentations and facilitation.