Is It Enough?
This is week five of my summer sabbatical. I've been able to rest, meditate, and I've been doing a lot of reading, which I expect in the summer. I’ll share with you some books that I’m loving and what I’m learning in my sabbatical.
Watch the video or read the article below to learn more about creating “enough” in your life and business.
Next week, I go back for another week at my mother's house to continue to clear it out for sale. She's coping pretty well with it.
I have to give it to her, it's not easy seeing your things leave. Fortunately, some things are going to family, which is wonderful. And other things are going to donation. It's happening.
During my rest time, I've been thinking a lot about self-value. I choose to focus on a shadow every month. If you don't know about Shadow Work, I can talk about that another time. Basically, a shadow something that's true, but you're you've hidden it some place.
The shadow I've taken on this month is “I am enough”.
I think a lot of people struggle with that.
Do you believe that you are enough and that there is enough?
If we don't believe that, then we devalue ourselves, we devalue our work our efforts. We might get anxious that there's not enough for us in the world. So I'm playing with that.
Two Books to Boost Self-Valuing
There are two books that I've read that really point to getting clear on - you are enough.
1 - Profit First by Mike Michalowicz.
If you're in business, and you haven't read it, it's a really good read.
Michalowicz talks about the idea that we need to spend money and keep spending money so that we get big enough to be profitable.
He turns that idea on its head and says pay yourself first. He has a simple formula and great stories. It's an easy book to read; it's not complicated and it's not ultra technical. But if you're in business and you haven't been paying yourself, it's a great book to look at.
2 - Company Of One by Paul Jarvis.
Jarvis talks about entrepreneurship.
Many of us are not building a multi-million dollar business, we're not building a corporation, we're not building a startup that can be sold to a larger corporation.
What Jarvis is found is that it is surprising to him how many people are saying, “Whoa, wait a minute… big is not better. Enough is enough for me!”
He talks about people who are building their business, on their own terms, in ways that suit them. Not some mega-million dollar thing.
Yes, a lot of us want to have six figure businesses and that's great. But what are you trading your time and talents for - having something that's bigger and maybe more complex to run, where you don't get to do what you love?
Here is a question to entertain this week:
How can I create something that satisfying, that I feel is successful, and gives me the space to have a life?