As entrepreneurs, I’m amazed what we put up with.
Whether it’s long hours, low pay, or a money-seeking grind that chains us to a desk tighter than any corporate job … entrepreneurs as a group tend to expect that sweat equity, 50 zillion sales calls a week and Rockstar energy drinks are the way things have to be. I’m amazed that we put up with it all.
The way we run our lives and our businesses, you’d think we’ are like hamsters, destined to run a wheel all day in hopes of a few kibbles and a carrot dropping from the cosmic feeding tray.
You’d think we were born with a deed and a passport to this thing called Struggle.
BUT STRUGGLE IS NOT OUR BIRTHRIGHT. NOT UNLESS WE MAKE IT SO.
As entrepreneurs, we spend our lives saying “no” to the status quo. When someone told us we had to sit at someone else’s desk for the rest of our lives, we said “no.” When our friends said we’d never make it, we said “no” … and proved them wrong. When our parents were convinced we’ll be moving back in for failure to pay rent, we said “no.” And invited them over to our house for the holidays just to prove the point.
We are strong enough and what’s more, courageous enough, to say “no” to so many things society tells us are just “the way things are.”
Yet so many of us have yet to say “no” to the fact that making money doesn’t have to be a fight. We secretly believe there’s never going to be enough. And so we fight on, month after exhausting month.
BUT WHAT IF YOU LOOKED LACK DEAD IN THE FACE AND JUST … SAID … “NO?”
What if you decided that things can be easier, and you’re going to open yourself up to that possibility?
Say “no” to Struggle with a truly open heart and watch what starts to happen.
There’s a caveat here, of course. Opening up your heart to the possibility of Ease and Well Being is quite a bit trickier and more difficult than it seems. Even now, nine months into my journey to embracing well-being — (and with so much more of it around me every day) — I still catch myself doubting now and then that I’ll be able to make it without shedding some blood.
I’m guess you could say I’m one of those woo-woo types who firmly believes that what you talk about shows up in the world. The more I’ve talked about my struggle, the more I’ve struggled. The more I’ve talked about Making It … the more I have. The more I’ve spoken about well being and ease, the more I’ve invited into my life. In many ways, I realize now that Struggle was an addiction I had for years. I had to have it. I was scared to move past it.
AND THEN ONE DAY I REALIZED: WE STRUGGLE IN BUSINESS OFTEN BECAUSE WE BELIEVE WE HAVE TO. REMOVE THE NEED TO STRUGGLE, AND WATCH HOW THE UNIVERSE SHOWS UP.
It never once occurred to me that Struggle was a figment of my imagination, a construct of culture … and the very reason why the five-figure months I wanted so badly always seemed out of reach.
It never occurred to me, until one day I realized that I was on that entrepreneurial equivalent of a hamster wheel, getting an amazing workout and a few kibbles, but going nowhere fast. The Struggle Wheel, it turns out, will give you amazing calves, but not an amazing bank account.
HOW ABOUT YOU?
But what if — just for one powerful moment — you actually really believed you deserve this? That what you dream of making in your business, and the lives you dream of impacting, are actually a vision of the work you’re supposed to do? What if you let your natural talents, gifts and magnetism finally show up where others can catch a glimpse?
What if you decided that Struggle is not your birthright?
What might happen then?
Until next time, speak freely.
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