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Personal Retreats Help You Create New Business
Sometimes we start to feel like we're on the entrepreneurial treadmill and it's hard to think about how to create new business. We love what we do, but we are doing the same thing over and over, so our creative side isn't getting fed. If you are in a dug-in, down-in-the-dirt stuck place, it's time to take a personal retreat to refresh yourself and think about how to create new business in the coming months.
Why is it that going off on a personal retreat helps you with your business? Because, one way to radically change your thoughts (which we know affect feelings, which in turn drive your actions, which then become results) is to give yourself a change of environment.
When we put ourselves into new, supportive, relaxing surroundings our creative juices start to flow again. Things that we haven't had time to consider bubble up, and we now have the time and space to consider those ideas. It's a good bet that your entrepreneurial mind will go to thoughts like “what needs to change in my business?”
It's difficult to think about how to create new business when you're tired and haven't had a change of scenery for a while. It also might be true that you've been hanging around team members, family, or friends who have not exactly been positive in their support for your new ideas. You're probably tired of thinking in isolation, and could use being around other entrepreneurs. It could also be that your daily routine has become stale, and not supportive for you. In other words, you're stuck in a rut.
You can set up a personal retreat for yourself using the five steps below. You can also email me about my upcoming personal, small retreats specifically for women entrepreneurs. You're looking for rest, relaxation, creative time, and community with like-minded others. Put yourself in those conditions, and your ideas for new business will start to flow.
Here’s the five-step action plan for you:
- Go alone, you don’t want to have to serve anyone but yourself right now. No family tagging along.
- Pack your briefcase with the materials you need to work on the stuck place.
- Take along at least one new book you've bought but have not read (it can be a business book or fiction, doesn't matter.)
- Give yourself a minimum of three days (that means four nights away, no cheating and taking a half day at either end for travel).
- Set an intention to rest, recreate, and let your mind wander.
According to an article in Forbes, we entrepreneurs often feel guilty when we are not productive. But it's ridiculous to expect yourself to be productive in every moment – it leads to exhaustion and negative thinking. Small group retreats can give you community, the power of brainstorming with other business owners, and a place to kick back for some rejuvenation.
If you think about going on a retreat and immediately feel negative and guilty thoughts, remind yourself that you are the shepherd of your business and your soul. A friend of mine, yoga teacher and psychologist Annie Wills, calls this “radical self care.” We need radical self care to feed our creative spirit, which is of huge value to entrepreneurs. If you won't do a personal retreat for yourself, do it for your business.
Say “recreate” with a slightly different emphasis and you’ll realize it is re-create. You need to re-create something in your work, and in yourself. You need to create new business opportunities, and make decisions about what is not working well. No reason to feel guilty about that, is there?
Let me know where you go and what you got accomplished. Send a picture, even. I won’t be surprised at the positive changes, but you might be!