In January last year, I decided to make major changes to my business. It felt a bit overwhelming. Where do I start? What do I do next? What's the best path to follow? What if I do the wrong thing? What if I kill off my existing successful business and fail at the new one?
There were so many, loud people out there, eager to tell me what the 'right way' of running MY business was. And there has since been many offering their unsolicited opinions about how I do things.
To drown out the noise and to make sure I wasn't going to run out of motivation to run my new business I set a new mantra for myself: Follow The Joy.
Rather than have a specific business agenda or a 5-year plan or follow the trends or do stuff that didn't align with my values or work myself into the ground, hustling, I decided to only engage with tasks that were fun and motivating.
I won't go into the boring details of what I did and changed but I will share that it made me show up eager and happy to go to work every day and I made more friends and made more business connections than ever before. It was my most productive and successful year to date and I launched projects I'd previously only dared to dream would come true. And I woke up every day excited about what would come next. I worked my butt off but it was so much fun! I didn't get burnout or feel overwhelmed and I didn't feel like a fraud because I was working within my own set of rules, not following other's. And the fact I turned up in all my interactions with such joy and excitement was contagious to those I networked with.
I also realised it was a lot harder to feel regretful or worry about making the wrong decision with this mantra by my side.
This year I'll use the same business plan and I'll give you an update once another year has passed, but for now, I just wanted to ask - what might happen if you made more decisions in life, work, love based on following the joy? If you, when having to make a difficult decision, went for what felt the most joyous? If you're struggling to get up in the morning because you're feeling low you decide to think of the most fun thing you can do today and make it a priority? If you're feeling stuck you look at how to infuse more joy? What if you were to follow the joy going forward?
Your life, your choice!
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