We all go through periods of feeling burn out, unworthy, or just down right low. It is easy to get lost in our day to day routines while the editing, emails, and scheduling begin to take over your life. It is even easier to portray an outward sense of “having it all together all of the time”. All too often, however, the truth is that this life of growing a business isn’t always as glamorous as it may look through our instagram feeds. It is amazing and so absolutely worth it, but it requires a lot of attention and dedication. It requires attention that we sometimes don’t feel as though we have and that can cause an overwhelming sense of feeling burnt out to the core.
When I begin to feel burnt out, the first thing I do is begin to doubt myself. I doubt the quality of my work. I doubt my ability to grow this business. I doubt whether or not I am providing a good experience for my clients. I doubt my creativity. I doubt so many things while believing that the one thing I will do is fall flat on my face in this business. I know that I shouldn’t think this way, but it is so easy to fall into this mind set when you have been burning the candle on both ends for too long and it is even harder to bounce back from sometimes. (Sound familiar to anyone else?!)
My husband is normally the one that gets to witness this first hand when I am stuck in a rut of talking about all of my doubts and disbeliefs. He is the one that I go to for everything and the one who’s opinion I trust most over any one else. He supports this dream of mine with all of his heart, but he also sees how hard I am on myself all too often.
He said something to me tonight that spoke so much to me and I have a feeling that someone out there needs to hear it too…
I received an email from a past client talking about how happy they were with their images and how amazing of an experience they had during their session. Brad and I were discussing how kind this email was when he made a powerful statement with just a few words. He said that I “Need to relax more and trust what I do”.
That simple sentence held so much strength behind it… I suddenly realized that the reason I begin to doubt myself is because I had stopped trusting myself.
Trusting yourself is just as important as believing in yourself… We believe in dreams that are buried in our hearts and yet we loose trust + faith in ourselves to accomplish them. Why do we put so much effort into picking apart every little detail of our abilitiies, our businesses, our life?? We often times forget all of the amazing things that we are consistenly achieving. We focus more on the things that we haven’t done than the things we should be patting ourselves on the back for. We allow our schedules and to do lists to take over our lives and our faith in ourselves tends to be the first thing to disappear. If I had to bet, I would say that we all feel this way at some point in our lives- but we are all probably doing much better than we believe we are.
So, whether you are a creative, an entrepreneur, a wife, a mom, a dreamer, a believer, or all of the above- I want to remind you to relax + trust yourself. Have faith in your abilities and take things one day at a time.