When unforeseen circumstances come out of nowhere like a punch to the gut, and you're left gasping for breath, how do you keep going?
How do you run your business when all the adrenaline, energy and excitement are gone?
When all you want to do is go crawl back in bed (or in a dark hole) and you're the leader, how do you react? What do you fall back on?
The first thing I do is pray.
Sometimes ALL I can do is throw my hands up in surrender and ask God for help, peace, and guidance.
He is faithful to take the wheel and drive for awhile.
The second thing I do is lean back on my systems.
When grief has left me limp and lifeless and I can barely get myself out of bed, I go back to what I set up for myself in times of energy and inspiration.
I look at my monthly marketing calendar: what am I supposed to be doing today? Even if I don't FEEL like it, I can start my newsletter, send my emails, update my website, and check our monthly profit and loss spreadsheet.
Even if I don't feel like CREATING or writing anything, I can do the mundane tasks because it doesn't take emotion to check off certain items on your to do list.
If you only rely on creativity and emotion to move forward, grief and loss can sink your ship.
In the good times and in the light, map out the plan for your month (it should rotate every month) and for the week. What needs to always happen? What is predictable? For example, I send out a monthly newsletter, so every month I have to:
Huge Tip: Save your creative tasks for when you are feeling creative.
Don't waste your creative energy doing mundane things, if you can use that energy to CREATE. Likewise, if you're not "feeling" it, go back to your systems and do what you know needs to be done.
I have many, many people around me, helping things to get accomplished every day of the week whether or not I "feel" like doing those things. My job is to manage and oversee those people, and even when I'm feeling less than 100%, these things get done, because I've trained them well. If I had not trained them and clearly explained what I expect, then when I'm down for the count, those things would fall down around me.
Instead, because they've clearly been taught the system, things can run "without" me for awhile.
Tips for Delegation:
Living in perpetual crisis-mode is not healthy.
Yes, crisis happens for all of us. We must expect it, for death and disease does not pass over any of our lives--it touches us somehow, whether directly or through our friends and families.
When you have come out of your crisis, do not just push forward. Look backwards--what can you learn from the experience? What systems or people can be put in place so things do not fall apart the next time life throws you a curve ball?
Take the time to analyze what can be changed and improved upon. Take notes. Write it down. Then implement it.
Do not jump from one crisis to another. We can learn from hard times and be more prepared in the future. For more help on setting up your systems, request our 13 Secrets to a Streamlined, Organized, Happy Team!
You CAN make it through the darkness and to the other side.
Whatever you are going through, lean on God to be your strength. Surrender to Him and He will guide you through. Blessings on you, my friend.
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Hi, I'm Jen Hickle!