Is chasing after business growth always a good thing?
Is business growth always a good thing?
I’ve been really interested in the concept of prioritizing lately. As an online creative dealing with chronic illness, I’m constantly putting certain things that I know will help my business grow on hold to focus on one single project.
That’s the nature of chronic illness and having to manage my (limited) energy wisely. But it also leads to feeling ‘left behind’, sometimes.
It got me thinking...
I'm all for taking imperfect action. 'Progress over perfection', we've all heard that phrase and I definitely can get behind it.
But here's the thing, instead of using a phrase like this to make us feel better about the not-enoughness of our growth, why don't we take some time to question what 'growth' should look like instead?
Is the growth you're trying to realize rooted in...
Fear? (fear of missing out, being found out, getting left behind, failure)
Comparison? (she's doing #allthethings which means so should I)
Ego? (I should have a huge social media following so that I'm worth something)
External expectations? (pressure from industry peers or family, society's measure of success)
... instead of rooted in purpose, value, intention?
Second, ask yourself:
What if the most efficient steps toward realizing growth look different than what you think is necessary?
This summer I took a step back in my business and what happened was so interesting:
Adding white space to my life led to more ideas and more inspiration
Chasing after less and intentionally cutting back led to more focus
Slowing down led to more growth
It’s interesting how these seeming contradictions are so counterintuitive. It goes against everything we’re taught.
We’re supposed to work hard, do more, chase after perfect to get results. But what I’ve learned during this summer is that the opposite is true.
I think we can all benefit from questioning the should’s and supposed to's, like blindly chasing after what we think constitutes growth, sometimes at the expense of our health and wellbeing.
And I think we can also benefit from prioritizing rest, space, and purpose.
Imperfect progress is still growth. The kind of growth that comes from having extra space to flourish.
WHAT DO YOU THINK: IS CHASING AFTER BUSINESS GROWTH ALWAYS A GOOD THING?
Hey, Wendy here!
As a perfectionism coach, I help online creatives #ditchperfect, overcome their perfectionism + take action on the big ideas they have for their business. Let’s work together and make those ideas happen.