A glacial pace is fine; it can be a good thing!

It’s time for me to stop worrying about the pace and enjoy the slow unfolding of my business.

  • I tend to worry — hard — about how slowly my business development proceeds.
  • I tend to conclude that I’m never going to get where I need to be, or meet my goals.
  • I tend to feel bad about the glacial pace that seems to rule my business.

developing my business at a glacial pace, and it's okay

I’m letting go of my deathgrip on these negative conclusions.

This crap I worry about is based in fear — it doesn’t serve me, which makes it harder for me to be of service to my clients and show up for my loved ones!

It takes a village, yo. I needed (and continue to need) a lot of help to shift here. It’s not easy. I am so skillful at operating from fear and negative projections that it makes it hard for me to let go and embrace compassion enough to begin to shift and change.

This question of my glacial pace became even more difficult for me when I got so sick in 2014.

Being down for so long helped me shift my priorities from work-work-work to work and wellness and rest and balance. So for over a year now I’ve been revising priorities and working a bit less than I used to, which slowed everything down even more. Even in the humility near-death can bring you, I was still able to find a way to feel fearful about taking care of me first, and then showing up for my business.

Lucky for me I have amazing friends and mentors in my business community.

Here are some of the jewels of wisdom that have been freely given to me.

First, what became the seed for the topic of this post:

Yes, you may be moving slowly, but remember, glaciers are powerful.

And these:

Your new programs are amazing, and it doesn’t matter that it’s taking you longer than you planned to launch them.

Your clients and meant-to-be clients are patient, and loving, and are ready to receive what you offer when you’re ready!

So I’ve let go.

A great deal. Maybe not 100%, but enough that these fears are not hurting me or keeping me from my work.

It feels so light and liberating to stand in compassion, to smile at my humanity, and to move on. Flawed and fabulous.

How about you? How are you doing with accepting yourself just as you are — your pace, your products, your offers, your everything? Let’s talk in the comments. Blessed be.

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    • Andrea, don’t we all! I’m with you. And I can still want; it’s much more fun when I’m not berating and judging myself, I find.

      Love!
      Sue

  1. Yes I am, I know that feeling and today i gave myself a wakeup call doing my morning pages — so many incompletions etc. It’s like daring the line in the sand and saying I am not going to take it anymore! I think your post might inspire my next post too along with wise words from Des today. So happy to read this Sue and that you are moving into FUN.

    love Suzie xxoo

    • Suzie, what a great image: daring the line in the sand. Can’t wait to see what you write next.

      Love and light,
      Sue

  2. Sue, I’ve had it happen so many times that when I feel I’m pushing against something and things are difficult, I need to take a step back and get in the flow again. Then things will move easily and as they are meant to. Your post came at the perfect time because I’m at that place once again, needing to take a step back and consider where I’m at and where I need to go from here. Blessings and keep the faith 🙂 Sara

  3. Love reminders to take it slow…and to embrace the power and beauty of gradual change. Thank you, Sue!

    One thing that I find helpful is checking in by looking back every so often. I tend to get stuck on wanting to “be better” and “be more.” But, by looking back, I get to be surprised by–and to celebrate–how much wonderful change has already unfolded…slowly, slowly…but over time making for a big, big difference–both in my present and in my path towards the future.

    • Dana Leigh, that’s a great idea, and one that I could easily use to my advantage — the periodic looking-back assessment. Slipping that idea into my bag of tricks now.

      Love and magic,
      Sue

  4. I love the glacier comparison! Slow but powerful. After 20-plus years in the writing business, this is one hard lesson I had to learn. Patience and persistence. Blogging is the same way. The rewards are worth it, but it’s not easy. Going forward, I’ll keep that glacier in mind!

    • Julie, Slow but in the flow! Patient and persistent, no matter what the pace.

      Thank you, I appreciate the comment.

      xoxox
      Sue

  5. Great point Sue and I can certainly relate to the need for speed. I confess I do get frustrated at times – rarely with life in general – but with my own ability to move things along. Fortunately I’ve learned that when I start turning into grumpy me instead of pushing harder it’s a sure sign I need to give myself a time out and the funny thing is then things always seem to move along better after I treat myself to a bit of well deserved self-care. 🙂

    • Marquita, well said. I find I like routine and that changing paces and rhythms are harder for me. But life, and business, don’t follow a predictable rhythm, do they? So, sometimes things move quickly, sometimes they trudge along, and injections of self-care help even out my uncertainties.

      Blessed be!
      Sue

  6. Sue, sometimes slow is good. Two of my books took an extra year after I thought it was ready for publication, and in both cases they ended up much better books. There was more time for them to gestate and mellow into something richer. Glaciers are magnificent.

  7. There’s something in this post that bring to mind the story about the hare and the tortoise. Often times slow and steady wins the race. I love this post. Much Love to you xx

    • Hi Heather,

      Slow and steady, or slow and sometimes steady, sometimes not so much. With my energy ups and downs, there’s plenty of opportunity to define and redefine what’s enough and put down that handy bat (the one I use to beat myself up).

      xoxox
      Sue

  8. Oh Sue, I’m getting there! I’m such a “do it yesterday” kind of person. Patience and slow for me is an acquired skill. But I’m loving this new accepting me. The impatience still creeps in at times…but I quickly bounce back 🙂 Constant learning.
    Thank you for this beautiful post.
    Much Love,
    Z~

    • I love this new accepting you too, Zeenat!

      Thanks so much for stopping by; I’m glad we’ve connected here as well as all the other ways we’re connected.

      Blessed be.
      Sue

  9. Thanks for this great reminder. I am at a new beginning, too (see my current post!) and also tend to be impatient and self-critical. It is sooo important that we shift our thinking around these issues – and thank you so much for being such a good model of this. xox, Reba

    • Reba, wow, thanks.

      I went and read your current post; I celebrate your new beginning from that powerful place of transparent honesty. I’m excited for you!

      Love and light,
      Sue

  10. Hi, thanks for sharing this very enlightening post. Sometimes I really get disappointed with how slow things are going but I’ve learned to stop and unwind for a while, the good thing is, after doing so, everything seems to go the right way. Great Read.

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