Finding your flow in business
I’ve been very lucky during my business journey, spanning the last 11 years or so, to seem to have been in the right place at the right time when it comes to opportunities to show your stuff. When I was a solo business owner-wordsmith right at the beginning, my timing was perfect to be a Flying Solo contributor, something that I am so grateful for and that helped to get me established on my journey.
My most recent bit of ‘luck’ came in the form of being accepted as a Manly Times contributor. Since my heart belongs to Manly and the area is a veritable incubator of almost every type of conscious business known to man, I elected to take that as my subject matter.
Not only does this enable me to showcase my writing abilities, it also gives me the opportunity to meet some incredible and inspiring business owners.
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of interviewing fellow Pommie, and all-round nice guy, Jiro Taylor from Flowstate Adventures about his business journey and I have been fascinated with the concept of ‘flow’ ever since.
Over the last 6 to 9 months we’ve been working hard on the business so that we are operating in a way that is fully aligned with our values (integrity, authenticity, community, support) and so that we have a solid structure to be able to deliver our talent and creativity.
As part of this process I have had to really assess deeply what I feel my own role within the business is, since I’m no longer the jack of all trades. But, when you start the business you’re used to doing every aspect of the job and, for a lot of the time, I suspect you’re about as far from a flow state as you can possibly get.
Having examined my role over the last week, it finally occurred to me what being in a state of flow in the business is for me. It’s that moment where I’m sitting across from a client, discussing their business and communication issues, tossing the problems around, adding in the goals and arriving at that moment of clarity where the little gem of an idea drops on the table and then we play around with it. If those pesky calendar alerts didn’t pop up I’m certain we’d still be there a full day later as, for me, time is irrelevant during these periods.
Of course, I will always be a writer and, yes, I do experience moments of flow when I’m writing. However, there can also be many hours of frustration and brain-ache associated with this exercise that his filled the majority of my life.
When you find your flow in business, go and do more of that and bring in other brilliant people to do all the other bits. Business isn’t about being a martyr, it’s about surrounding yourself with talented people who can help you get your ideas, your direction, your goals and your dreams where you want them to be. I’m blessed to have just such people in my circle.