Stress, Overwhelm and A Story
September 19, 2018 3:05 pm
Hey Guys, Aaron here from systemscultureimpact.com.
Today, I want to talk to you about a bit of challenging time over the last few months, which I’ve been personally feeling. We’ve had a tonne of pressure on us, and me as the leader of the company, as we transitioned into a new business model.
It really came out of the conversation that we had with our team today. Our team run our ‘Done for you’ agency for our clients, we take parts of their businesses off their plates for Amazon e-commerce businesses. We were on a conversation today on our weekly team call and it was about how to keep ploughing through when things get tough, when things are hard, when it feels like the world is on the top of your shoulders.
I’ve had a lot of pressures on me, some family stuff, a lot of work stuff and trying to figure it all out.
As business owners, as business leaders we carry a lot on our shoulders, especially if you are supporting a family, your children and if your business is funding your whole family there’s a lot on your shoulders. It can get stressful for sure and we all go through that, I know.
I don’t really talk about this stuff much but I think it’s important to cover because when we feel that stress, strain and pain and we can’t really see the forest for the trees I think it’s important to do a couple of things.
Basically, it came out of the conversation, like I’ve said, with our team today. One of our team members, Ivan, one of our new team members, he was talking about just keep on going, just keep on going when things get tough. You know there’s always a light and we can always keep moving through it and we will always break through eventually.
It’s kind of what Tony Robbins says, when you’re frustrated you’re about to have a break through, and that’s definitely what I’ve had recently.
I just want to talk to you about how I’ve been thinking about it in terms of when I reflect on my life, going back, way back when I was a kid. If you look back over your whole life you’ll see a pattern emerge and it’s not something we do often but if you dive all the way back into your childhood and see this is what I’ve been doing, it’s been really, really helpful for me looking back and seeing, ‘Okay, well when was the first time I achieved, that I really remembered it?’
For me it was when I was maybe 11 or 12. Obviously there were things before that but it really stuck out for me when I was playing football or soccer. I loved playing football when I was a kid and I’ve grown into an adult playing football. I don’t play it now so much, or actually hardly ever, but when I was kid it actually was my life. Absolutely loved it, played it all day.
I played for this football team and we were really good, we had a great team. I remember, I think it was 11 or 12 I was and we won the football league as kids and I was also a captain for the team. I can’t remember the exact year but I remember when I was in absolute flow.
When I think about going back to that time, I used to play defense. I used to play just in front of a midfield. I was the captain of the team and I used to able to really read the game very well. It was one of the earliest time I look back and say, ‘Okay, well the patterns I’ve got now in my life with the skills that I’m good at now, look back at my life, and see where they began and what helped me and what I was naturally good at.’
I was really good as a leader communicating, helping my team members out, being there, protecting them, supporting them, winning their confidence, encouraging them, building them up and I remember that and I always used to be the loudest person on the football pitch, screaming the whole game. I used to be very kind of self-critical, which I found out from my parents this weekend. As a kid growing up I always used to say I didn’t play good enough and I always kind of drive to improve, make sure that I can do better next time, took the blame and it was my responsibility.
Looking back it’s really liberating to see, to reflect and to see the patterns in my life where I’ve seen that again and again because I know no matter what I go through now, I’ve seen these patterns and I’ve built on that over my life.
When I think about those skills I learned as a kid on the football pitch learning how to communicate, learning how to lead, learning how to support and encourage and put the work in that has served me my whole entire life. I don’t often think about it but when I do and it’s very recently that I did. I actually, today, found some old photographs of when I played. We went to America, we won this big competition in Georgia which was incredible for us – an amazing experience.
When I think back, it really makes me feel that I can become aligned with the skill sets that I know I have inherently. The things that I know I’m good at and I love to do. For me, I always felt like I was going to help people and serve people and create a difference. That’s what you can get when you reflect back.
When you find things tough, when you’re looking through your strengths of how you can be positioned in your business, what you can do best, take a look back over the things in your life when you found the most flow, when you were absolutely achieving. Think about the earliest time. Mine was when I was playing football and I’ve got that for the rest of my life.
So, I can always come back to that and think about that but there will be many other time as well when you can connect to that and think what skills, what am I inherently good at? What’s the first time when you really achieved something and how can you use that to plough through tough times and to keep on going no matter what?
What I want you to do is to post in the comments, if you can, if feel comfortable, then great. Post in the comments the first time you can remember achieving and what it means for you today, how that’s helped you become the person you are today.
That’s a part of my original story. I started out playing football as a kid and become really good at leading and communicating and shouting on the football pitch. I’d loved to know yours if you feel comfortable.
So, that’s it for me, have an amazing week ahead and I’ll catch you next time.
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