Time for a break. You need one too?
So we’re chilling at the edge of Lake Moraine in the Canadian Rockies, totally in awe of the mountains and all of the nature vibes around us (check the photo above)… We got there right at the end of the day around 5.30pm, so there wasn’t too many other people around. It was total bliss. And then it hits me…
I hadn’t even had time to think about work all day.
I didn’t take my laptop with me on this trip because I didn’t have anything that needed to be done, and because I was with a friend I didn’t want to be working or on my computer anyway. And it just so happened that I’d blasted through my data for the month, so I wasn’t able to check anything online unless we had Wifi (which wasn’t very often). Our goal for the trip was just to have adventures… And that we did.
Even though our trip only lasted 4 days — it gave me all of the motivation I needed to take a bigger step back from my business, or at least what you see publicly. I’ve been writing these weekly emails since I really committed to it last September, and I know that it’s time for a little (4 week) break.
I want to take a step back so I can go balls-deep on a new project, but also so I can just do the shit I love + the stuff that inspires me to make good work — which means living in the sunshine, all of the road trips, and just straight up adventuring.
I can’t say too much about this new project right now (mostly because I still have no idea what it will look like), but I can defo tell you that I want to share the process as much as I can… So by the time I’m back, I’ll hopefully have a rough outline sussed out and I can start the real work — and you can come along for the ride!
Here’s why it’s so important to be able to take a step back ::
:: You need perspective.
There’s no doubt you’ve had a situation like this somewhere in your life before… You know you needed a break, but you were scared as hell to leave because what if everything falls apart? But what about everything that needs to be done? I’m sure you already know, but here’s the thing… You’ll never understand what’s working and what isn’t until you can just step the fuck back for a little bit. [Tweet this]
I know it’s scary at first, but this is what it takes to really level up and create badass work. It’s easy to stay ‘in it’ and just keep grinding and grinding and grinding… So it takes some balls to step back. But think about it this way... Being able to step back is going to benefit you and your customers or clients. You’ll likely come back with a fresher mind than when you left, and a totally new approach to everything — and this could change everything for you.
It forces you to remember why you’re in this, and what you want the future of your life and biz to look like. And that’s what it’s all about, right?!
:: Creativity needs space.
To really truly create our best work, we have to create space for that good shit to show up. I know this might sound kinda woo-woo, but it’s really not. When you can step back and create space in your mind, and also in your schedule, ideas start flowing and it just puts you on a different level than if you’re trying to be innovative and run a business.
:: And remember… Stepping back can look however you like!
You could totally go rogue and escape the internet and everything for a month if you want, or you can just take a break from a certain part of your business. For me personally — over the next 4 weeks I’m just taking a break from writing these emails and posting weekly on my blog. I’ll still be on Instagram and working away behind the scenes — it’s just that I need to fuel that creative energy into something new + fresh, instead of trying to do all of the things all of the time.
So… Now it’s your turn.
Somewhere within the next few months, block out at least 2 days where you can step back from your biz. As I mentioned above, it’s up to you how far you step back, but if you can go all-out and ditch the whole internet, DO IT.
And two things before I’m out!
:: A little heads up about what you can expect over the next 4 weeks… So I’ll be back on this blog (and in your Inbox, if you're a part of the Standout Squad) with new content on July 19th (NZ time) — but over the next 4 weeks I’ve got a few of my most popular articles lined up for you, if you're part of the Standout Squad gang! If you're not already on board, you can sign up over here.
:: But… You can expect one more post from me this week, as I’m dishing up a last-time offer for my Branding course, Be Unmistakable! I’m in the process of evolving it into something new, but I wanted to offer it up as-is one last time, because I’m super proud of the content and I know so many people got so much value out of it. (So far over 140 people have gone through it!)
So keep an eye out in your Inbox on Wednesday for all of the deets. I’ll be offering the original (more compact) version of the course, meaning it will be under $200. It’s super accessible, and I think you’ll dig it.
As always, stay awesome + see you on the flip side,
p.s. Thanks to ma friend Jason for inspiring me to take a break!