I used to have a recurring dream about being swept away by a tsunami.
We’d be on a beach, the waves would be doing their thing…
Until one moment, the waves would recede down the beach — and keep going. And going. And going.
The beach would stretch out further and further away, exposing rocks and weeds and shells and all manner of surprised sea creatures.
It always took me a moment to realise what was going on — and start yelling for everyone to get to high ground.
But it was always too late, because I’d always get caught. And it’d always be in a little rocky corner, with the water rising.
It wasn’t violent, the way it would be in real life, though. It was simply inexorable. Inevitable. The water was rising, and I didn’t know how I was going to get out, or where the people I loved were.
Doesn’t take a genius (or a dream analyst) to work out what was going on there, does it?
The business owner’s Magic Triangle: overwhelm, stress, and fear. We’ve all been there.
The best part was, I’d wake up still feeling like I was about to drown. Because in a sense, I was.
I had too much to do, not enough time to do it, and no idea where to start. Almost everyone I’ve spoken to in my Superheroes has experienced this at one time or another.
Like one of my newer Superheroes, who won the March Challenge and got to Borrow My Brain. She said:
“The borrow my brain will be extremely helpful ATM as feeling a little lost and overwhelmed so the sooner the better.”
Almost every business owner everywhere has felt it.
And I’d bet all the tea in my cupboard you’ve felt it too. Are you feeling it right now?
Because it’s all very well to study, and read, and learn, and set goals… but at some point, you have to start.
Which is the scary part, because often your starting point isn’t obvious. And you don’t know how you’re going to find the time.
So what you do instead is, you flounder around trying to do 6 things at once, and busy yourself with little things that won’t really help. (Oh yeah, I know how that goes!)
Instead of doing that for one more day, do something else instead.
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Vicky Fraser is a copywriter, author, and entrepreneur. She really did run away with the circus… but when she’s not swinging from a trapeze, she’s showing other copywriters and small business owners how to work with better clients, make more money, and stop missing bathtimes, first words, and dinners with angry partners. In fact, she wrote the book on it. Get your copy here.