I'm Free! Now What?

12 Jul 2019



You've finished your employment.  Your admiring, or perhaps dubious, colleagues have bid you good bye.  Your job is no longer yours.  You are free.  


So what now?

Even if you hadn't been working so hard, the final days of your employment were probably emotionally stressful and you perhaps you feel in need of some time-out?  Like you deserve a holiday


This could be a wise move as the first responsibility of any Self Employed adventurer is to manage your health and energy, taking care of your mind body and spirit.  


If you can, get away to recharge for a while.  However, make sure your holiday period has an end date.  Then, moving forward, schedule regular days-off and holidays.  Block these days out in your diary and protect them.


Whilst I truly hope you will look forward to each day you are engaged with your passions in work that has meaning for you, taking breaks and time out is still important for your wellbeing and sense of perspective.


The danger of taking a long break or having a fuzzy end date is that your holiday routine becomes your new habit and the plans you have for working on your business take a back seat.  


You might give yourself all kinds of reasons for not getting started but the true reason will be fear- fear of failure, fear of success, fear of what others might think, fear you won't be good enough....[insert the fear that most comes up for you here!] 


One way of handling that fear is to take action anyway.  Getting into your new way of working gives fear less space to fester.


In addition to the effects on your motivation, the preparation and research you have invested in has a shelf-life.  If you have been talking to potential clients, they most probably need your help now, there may be costings you've worked on or ideas that are current right now. 


Many don't expect the wave of feelings they experience once they leave their employment.  It is normal to feel sadness, confusion and anger in a similar way to bereavement.  These are not a sign that you have made the wrong move or that you have the wrong idea, it is simply indicating the adjustment you are making.


Some also experience a new intensity of their fears regarding income and risk.  If you have taken an extended holiday, you may then feel a sense of panic about making up for lost time.  Having done your preparation, it is more important that you work according to the plans you have made.  Give your self permission to invest in your business rather than rushing into hasty short-term decisions.


Whatever you are feeling, you can still move forward!  Perhaps talk to a friend, journal and/or channel your feelings into some creative project but do not let them take over or delay the action you are taking to establish your new business.     


In these early days whilst you are discovering ways you like working and perhaps a little less busy than you will be in a few weeks/months, you have the opportunity to set up and streamline your work processes.  Consider the easiest and smoothest way to complete regular tasks.  Make checklists and schedules for activities you will do regularly and perfect your dairy system.  


This is a great time to work with a Coach like me who can help you stay on track, put your fears in perspective and ensure you focus on the actions that will get you up running quickly as well as laying firm foundations for your future success.


Get in touch to explore how coaching could work for you.