It’s my birthday today (yayyy!)! And I’ve been sitting here for way too long staring at this blank WordPress box, trying to decide what to write about on my birthday.
And the only thing that is coming to me is birthday bumps. Not the kind where they swing you over and smack your ass really hard (ouch!), but the kind where you’re not quite sure how you feel about your birthday. Another year gone. Another new year to make whatever you want of. Another year contemplating life and whether you’re the person you want to be with the life you want to live. And another year wondering when Yellowstone is going to explode.
I feel like I am having some birthday bumps this year. I’m not sure what it is. I just can’t seem to get motivated to move forward with any of my business ideas. I have been sitting on a few projects for months now, unable to really make progress. I kind of blame it on too much travelling and not enough work time. It’s made me lazy I guess (#uncagedlifeproblems)
It could also be that for the first time since I started running it in 2013, Uncage Your Business didn’t sell out right away. We start on Monday and there are still 4 spots left. Ok – yes, I realize that means that I have sold 16 spots and yes, I realize that is still awesome, and yes, I realize that the fact that it’s still this successful after running it again and again is a GREAT testament to how much value it provides (and the fact that I have sold out everything, ever, is a pretty good sign I’m doing something right too)… but I’m still beating myself up that UYB hasn’t sold out this time in the first few days like it usually does. What the fuck!?
And it’s making me question some things in my business, and making me even more annoyed that I haven’t gotten my act together to get my new programs off the ground.
And I’m telling you all this because I want you to know that EVERYONE experiences bumps in their business (birthday or not). Myself very much included. Everyone has freakout moments where we wonder if it’s going to work. Everyone has programs that don’t do as well as they hoped. Courses that flop. Days that it all just feels like too much work. And in spite of all the GREAT things that are happening in business, all the people we have helped, all the things that went right, we take these small, insignificant blips and bumps and make them HUGE.
You are not alone, and I am not immune, and the truth is that it will all be ok and that nothing is ever set in stone. This is both reassuring and terrifying.
I know that these gloomy birthday bumps will pass, but I also know that success is not inevitable. That we all have to continue to work hard to innovate, to create, to revamp, to rework, to change and to grow as our markets grow, as our business grows, and as we as humans grow. Failing once does not mean failure in the future. But success once does not mean success in the future. It’s all unknown, which is the beauty and the inherent risk of running your own business.
No one is immune to the bumps. So when you’re experiencing them, eat cake, do a lot of yoga, take a lot of naps, and know that they’re part of living the Uncaged life.