This last week, I’ve felt scared; so out of character, I wasn’t quite sure what to do with the feelings. At first I let them fester, only to build and lead to a full out melt-down.
Before Kailey Michelle Events, I had a business face. I approached work with my black belt in Brand Management and followed a strategic list of steps, methodically memorized, to get from here to success. I never worried about how I was received, how I should market, how long it would take me to book business. I knew the drill and the “controlled planning” kept fear at bay.
Through the re-birth of my business, I lost that business face; more like smashed it to the ground. I shed the mask in favor of authenticity; me, front and center. While it’s beautiful in the making, reality leaves me shaking in my boots.
- “Will people like the real me? my heart!?”
- “Will I book enough business?”
- “Will people be turned off by public declaration of faith?”
- “AM I DOING THE RIGHT THINGS ?!”
It manifests, I know. Couple that with everyone else’s opinions/ advice on what you should be doing, and the mind begins to spin, in 50 different directions.
And before you know it, your driving in the car screaming for God to calm you down. Well, I would think! 😉
And then He answers, through the honest words of a respected man. (He knew I’d listen)
“The rush to get to the next step makes us ignore the value of being where we are – seeing, feeling, experiencing.
We are so afraid of being left behind that we make everything a race. Is it any wonder the stress we all feel to perform? To create magic instantly? When you build your business on speed of delivery and ultra-responsiveness you ignore the natural flow of creation.
There is theater to creative business. If what you do requires three acts, there is no sense forcing it into one. You rob your creative business of the arcs all great stories are built on. Make no mistake, you, your art and your creative business are storytellers. Selling the Cliff Notes version only gets you clients that have no appreciation for the nuance and necessity of time.
Take a breath. Have your creative business take a breath. You cannot make it happen yesterday, but tomorrow will be more than worth the wait.”
Thanks Sean. I needed that.