As an online business owner I recently did something that might surprise you. I said goodbye on my social media platforms for a little while.
Some might call that a crazy business decision but here’s what I said to my followers:
We can be truthful with each other, right?
I’ve been struggling to show up here in a way that feels good. By good I mean authentically and sustainably.
As my coaching practice has grown (and is currently at full capacity, which I’m incredibly grateful for) I’ve struggled to show up in the way I want to on my social media platforms.
I’ve fallen into the trap of feeling like I should show up and be available. But doing this has felt reactive and, if I’m being frank, shallow. It means I’ve fallen into filling my days in a frantic blur of email and social media. Which isn’t helpful for me, my family, my clients or you my community. And it means I’m not walking my own talk.
My zone of genius is doing deep meaningful work with my clients. But to do that work I need to create the space and focus. I’ve got so much profound work to share with you but I need to reclaim my attention and focus to share this in a meaningful and sustainable way.
So I’m going to be taking a little break from social media for a while. To work on some big projects and some meaningful stuff that I’ve wanted to for a while. Of course combining this with showing up fully for my coaching clients as I always do.
Whilst I’ll still be around behind the scenes I’ll be getting the sensory and social rest I need right now too. And I’m hoping to come back with more sustainable and impactful ways of working here on social media.
Why I have I done this?
Because I needed to reclaim my power. I realised that my power comes from having time and space, and they were missing in my life.
Because I needed to redefine my boundaries with how I work and engage online. I constantly work with my clients on creating healthy boundaries in their lives and I realised I wasn’t walking my talk in this area of my life.
Because I’ve realised that my wellbeing is linked to my ability to get into intellectual stimulation and flow. Doing deep work is rewarding and fulfilling for me and my constant low-level busyness was keeping me from achieving this sense of wellbeing.
One thing I do know is this:
Life will always drag us by the hand telling us that this is important and that is important. If we don’t become discerning and reclaim our time and priorities we’ll struggle to live a life of meaning, purpose and enjoyment.
Now, I’d love to hear from you:
Have you ever quit social media? Did you go cold turkey or wean off?
What is something in your life you could say goodbye to – temporarily or permanently – that would help your work and wellbeing? I’m here for all of the ideas, so leave a comment!
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