Great Q4s Don’t Just Happen
It’s been awhile since I’ve put pen to paper, or rather my hands to the keyboard, but it’s time. As we head into the final quarter of 2021, it is time to get back up. I feel as though I went into hiding during Q3 and that was tough. I was taking off!
A quick recap of where I left off:
In June I spoke at not one, but two conferences back to back. I created and launched my first workbook, Branding for Entrepreneurs Made Easy. I recorded and released content multiple times per day (exhausting in itself). Oh, and I celebrated my 30th birthday in the midst of all of this. Seems exciting right?
Well maybe not “wrong” but it wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. It was exhausting. The introvert in me was worn out. Constantly being on camera took a toll on me physically and mentally. Add that to the pressure of changing jobs and transitioning into a new role and you have a recipe for disaster.
And this was a tough pill to swallow. I was seemingly on the upswing. I just knew I was about to take off. My business was headed for the stars. It was headed for the stars until it seemingly came crashing down around me.
I have spent so much of my life bragging about my ability to put my head down and do the work. Just make it through to the other side, but this was different. This was something where I couldn’t put my head down and push through.
So what did I do?
I retreated. I took a step back from my demanding social media posting schedule. I did not seek out new opportunities. I let my business coast and I focused on simply making it through each day.
This was tough.
It’s tough to see the fruits of your labor begin to flourish only to feel like you’re letting them wither up and die. I worked so hard to make a name, to build credibility, and now as we enter into Q4, the final months of 2021, I feel like I am starting from ground zero.
While I know that I am not in fact starting all over again, there is a sense of sadness I can’t help but to recognize. I also realize that this is an opportunity to build something that will last. I am focusing on sustainability.
If you’ve been in the same boat I encourage you to check out this video by Pastor Steven Furtick.