My #1 Way to Have an Emotional Breakdown

How’s Life? Business?

I’m finding that there’s two levels of conversation with that question, “How are you?”

There’s the first level where we are feeling so much but we don’t want to open the dam quite yet… so we say that things are going “fine.” Or we touch into a place of gratitude for what is working and going well. “I am blessed.” “I really can’t complain.”

And then there is the deeper 2nd level of… “How are you?” This is where we drop our guard and dare to go deeper into our emotional wilderness. Our personally compiled playlist of our rollercoaster of emotions we are experiencing… sometimes all in one morning.

Last week was like everything converged together – the media, the planets, the economic outlook, the fears and worry… many of my clients came to their calls feeling like they were falling apart.

I’m finding for me and my clients that one of our biggest priorities right now is to manage our emotions and our energy. It’s near impossible to get anything done other than the essentials without attention to this.

To keep moving forward in your business, you have to manage your emotions.

Managing your emotions doesn’t mean that you don’t experience them – or compartmentalize. Quite the opposite.

Just like you brush your teeth several times a day… it’s important to check in with your emotions and give them attention. In fact, I would say it’s critical to give your emotions a healthy outlet to express.

Otherwise, when you keep it all bottled up, layers and layers… then you’ll explode over little things that would normally be an irritation but suddenly become a personal affront…like the self-checkout register in Walmart that suddenly freezes halfway through your large weekly purchases. Just saying… that could be an example… sharing from a friend, of course! 😉

There are enough challenges in our world and business with changes in technology, marketing “in these times”, questioning everything you do and say from a whole new level and creating your programs and offers when you’re feeling tired and wanting to be relevant… that you need to free your pent up frustrations/anger/grief/worries so that you can find your Flowmentum again.

Flowmentum = Soul + Flow + Focus

I can tell you that the most common thing I’m hearing from my clients is how our emotions are taking over our business. Without an outlet, we are tired, unfocused, frazzled, overwhelmed… which can easily start a cycle of self-doubt and criticism and letting your negative ego take over driving the bus!

Want to know my #1 favorite way to express my build up layers of emotions throughout the day? It’s super easy… and a little silly… and incredibly freeing!

I keep a stash of copy paper in my deck. In between coaching calls or at the start or end of a day, I’ll take out a sharpie marker and a blank piece of paper and scribble journal.

I let it rip!

I go fast and furious… cursive writing in a messy, random way, all of my feelings, worries, doubt, pissiness, anger, excitement, disappointments, resentments, and courageous hopes that feel tender and vulnerable.

I write really loopy and messy so it’s a free flow.

I overlap my words and sentences.

The more I scribble journal… the more that pours out.

When I’m done. It’s such a catharsis. I feel grounded and can feel my energy flowing in a healthy way again.

A bonus – no one can read my scribbles because it’s so messy! So, they won’t think I’ve lost my mind or be offended by something I was feeling in the moment. This is especially important – often it’s not the “thing” that set us off but it’s the building up of pings to our nervous system from the news, the conscious decisions we have to make on what used to be an ordinary errand and the disappointments of not enjoying events, gatherings and connections in the way we took for granted 5 months ago and our worry about our circumstances and future.

So, get out some paper… grab a sharpie or favorite marker. Sharpies are great because they flow easily… when the marker flows easily, your thoughts and emotions will flow more easily.

Then if you’re into art journaling and collage… you can use your Scribble Journal as a layer in your next creation! Or shred it, burn it, make paper airplanes… get creative!

Scribble Journal

This simple practice can make a big difference in staying focused, centered and productive.

Upcoming Programs and Events:

The Daily Huddle

Thursday, July 23 – The Daily Huddle – Come join in for a dose of morning inspiration. I’m the guest on this inspiring daily program. I’ll be answering the question, “How do you fall in love with your business again?” Register here.

Wednesday, August 5- Joyful Business Studio
This month’s topic: Create Your Signature System – This powerful training and creative hands on workshop is about how to identify your unique system you use with clients (don’t worry you have one!) We’ll workshop this and make it real for you – you’ll get such clarity and confidence. You can join the monthly Studio program here.

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Starts September 2020 – Creating from Flow – 6-month small group
There IS a better way to grow and market your business. Watch for details coming soon on this amazing small group opportunity to immerse in aligning your energy and your actions with what you are here to create. Stop trying to focus on funnels and formulas when you need to start your business passion projects from the inside out first!

More to come… I can’t wait to share more soon!

Laura

Would You Like to Plan In-Person with Me?

by Laura West

I’m having the 3rd annual Joyful Business Planning Day here in Atlanta on Friday, January 17. I’d love for you to join me!

It’s such a powerful and creative opportunity to dive into creating your plan to guide you through the year to even greater focus, flow and success.

This year it is once again sponsored by the Georgia Chapter of ICF (International Coach Federation) – yay! I love working with them to help coaches and other purposeful entrepreneurs be more successful!

Laura and ICF

We will meet together in a beautiful space with gorgeous windows and light. I’ll provide the markers, sticky notes, guidance and coaching… and of course, you’ll get your very own copy of the Joyful Business Plan!

You know that research shows that those who are the most successful… have a plan… and work the plan.

Now, that doesn’t mean that your plan has to be boring and frustrating to create.

What if you enjoyed creating your plan? What if it was fun and easy to do?

That’s what I’ll help you do so you can get those brilliant ideas of yours out of your head!

Business Planning Live

If you’re interested, we have a few more spots! Here’s the link to get all the information!

Not only do you get the day long planning in person, but you also get the Joyful Business Plan – online training and all the digital creative worksheets! You’ll use this all year long!

Don’t wait to sign up as there are limited spaces in our beautiful meeting space!

I look forward to meeting (or seeing you again) in person!

Get Your Year-End Celebrations Ritual!

by Laura West

How are you honoring your 2019 year this week?

I’ve always watched the ball drop and toasted in the new year with friends and family. This is the second year that I have gone away to celebrate the transition with a 4-day yoga and meditation retreat.

It was different last year to not watch the clock and count down and instead meditate through the shift. I was surprised at how much of a ritual the countdown had been. I was also surprised at how powerful it was to embrace being in the moment and surrendering to the change in the calendar.

We know it’s so much more than a change in a man-made calendar. There’s a shift in energy that happens around the world.

Over the last 6 years I’ve completed a year end ritual of writing down all of my Celebrations, Milestones and Accomplishments on a mindmap. I mean ALL of them… yes, the business stuff but also the personal stuff. The DO-ing accomplishments but also the powerful BE-ing shifts too.

I’d love to share with you my Celebrations Creative worksheet. It’s super simple to use and deceptively powerful!

You can use it to create your own sacred ritual for completing the year with success!

Get your Celebrations Creative Worksheet here.

Wishing you a wonderful celebrating and honoring of all things, people, situations and learnings from this year!

PS: The Celebrations Creative Worksheet is a part of my popular Joyful Business Plan. If you want to check out the whole plan you can do that here. And here’s a $20 savings coupon too! Just use the code: 2020SUCCESS