60 Day Challenge: Intuitive Entrepreneur
Goal: To create and execute a new business vision by following my intuition in 60 days. And do so without neglecting my family’s needs.
The week 4 of this challenge was even more cathartic than the previous weeks.
It’s because I realized that if I were to do this right, then I had to let go a lot more than I originally anticipated.
You see, my main thing in life, my number 1 desire, passion, and purpose of living, is to make music. Not teach music, not write about music, not make money with music. It’s to make music.
I spent 4 weeks on my new business, and I did everything except making music.
Sure, I had a legitimate excuse — I was setting up my office/studio. But the process took longer than I expected, plus I was leaning more and more toward short-term, make-money-soon initiatives and my music making was getting lost in the mix. To be honest, I wasn’t sure how I could justify fitting that in, because the conventional wisdom says that you can’t just sit and make music you want and expect to make a living.
But you know what? Everything I’ve done so far — all the business planning, blogging, strategizing — I was doing them all to justify making music. I was trying to build a buisness to house my music, so I could point to it and say “see, it’s OK for me to make music. It’s legitimate.”
And I got so busy justifying that I never got around to actually making music.
I realized that this pattern had to stop. If I were to have a shot at making my life right, I need to put in the biggest rock into my cup first — the music making — and then from there, see what other pieces fit in to complete the picture. Instead, I was putting in all the smaller rocks first, and the big rock that is just couldn’t fit in.
I’m going to try a different way. I’ve decided that I’m going to put everything on hold for the month of March and do nothing but music making. I’m not going to worry about building a business, I’m not going to think about making money. I’m just going to make music.
This has some tough implications. I had just quit a group mentoring program I’ve been in since September, and there were other collaborators I’ve been working with, who have done some work for me — I had to tell them to stop what they’re doing for the moment.
And here’s the biggie: I’m not going to blog. Specifically, I’m going to take a hiatus from OBV in March. I’ll allow myself to check into my music or personal blogs after 2 weeks, but NO regular posting.
This seems so illogical in many ways — this site’s got momentum, I had more visits in February than ever before.
Yet, if I’m doing OBV, I’m letting myself get distracted from the ONE thing I must do in life.
So there will be no new post in March, except at the end I will return and see how the 60-day challenge ended up.
I wish you all a happy March! Hopefully that means spring to most of you in the northern hemisphere.