At some point in your entrepreneurial journey, you’re going to hit a wall. Suddenly, instead of churning out volumes of work with ease, nothing comes. You’ve drawn a blank and your brain refuses to cooperate.
Or your brick wall look something like this: you’re doing the same thing, day in and day out. You’re on autopilot. And bored out of your skull.
Instead of feeling passionate about your business, you feel listless. Uninspired. Meh.
Like the figure in the Four of Cups, you’re asking yourself “is this all there is?”
Either of those scenarios sound like you?
If so, you’ve gotten a case of the uninspirational blues. And yes, it happens to all of us at one time or another. Especially when you’ve been at your grind for a while. It doesn’t matter what type of business you have either. I’ve talked with every type of heart-centered entrepreneur from tarot reader to lifestyle coach – and every one has hit one of those walls on occasion.
Even if it’s never happened to you, you can count on it happening one day.
But don’t worry – you are not doomed to get stuck there. In fact, there’s a way you can avoid it or minimize it.
Go on an entrepreneur date.
I’ve borrowed this idea from Julia Cameron, the author behind The Artist’s Way. In her book, she suggests taking yourself on an “artist date” once a week. This means making time for yourself to do something on your own, something that interests you. A solo expedition is a way to explore a soulful activity that will kick your creativity into high gear. Cameron says: “Artist dates are assigned play.”
For entrepreneurs, we need creative fuel, just like an artist does. These “entrepreneur dates” are a fantastic way to work new creative muscles. Your entrepreneur date might be a few hours at the art museum or a day with your camera photographing the local sights.
I’ve been taking cooking classes as part of my entrepreneur dates. Those classes have included lessons on making truffles, soufflés, homemade pasta, and recently, ramen. (You can scour my Instagram feed to find pics from various classes.) While it’s no secret that I love to eat and want to up my cooking game, this is also a way for me to get out of my tarotpreneur brain and into something completely different.
I always walk away feeling inspired and ready to sit down at my tarot desk with new energy…and ideas.
This week, make time for your own entrepreneur date. Schedule it in your calendar and treat it as important as any appointment you may have with a client. Because your business creativity is important.
© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2017