Today we're talking about something that I was chatting with a mastermind buddy about the other day, which is protecting your right head space. So, today I'm going to share with you three ways that you can protect your headspace and make sure you don't go down the rabbit hole that leads you to inaction.
Now I know that so many people talk about comparison-itis and imposter syndrome, so if you don't know what they are, comparison-itis is where you're constantly comparing yourself to other people and it makes you feel like boo. Imposter syndrome is where you might have the most experience in your industry doing what you do, but you feel inadequate and you think, “Who's gonna listen to me? Why would they listen to me? I don't have anything of value to say. I'm not qualified to be here.” Which is, once again, complete rubbish. Those are some things that you might experience every now and again, but I think it's really important for us to protect our own head space. Here are a few ways that you can do it, and ways that I've used both now and in the past to make sure that I keep my eyes on my own piece of grass, so that I don't get caught up in what other people are doing.
The first thing is that you need to be proactive. Make sure that you are surrounding yourself with positive people who are encouraging you, supporting you, and making sure that the people, the content, and the things that you're consuming and that you have around you is lifting you up, making you happy, helping you to move forward and thrive, and it's really making you more productive. If you find that the people around you, the things that you're consuming, the things that you're reading or watching are sapping your energy, it's time to make a big change. I think it's really important for us to be in tune with how we're feeling, what were thinking, and be really self-aware because a lot of times it might be happening to us, and we're just not aware of what's going on. You might just feel really awful generally. You feel like you're not being particularly productive, and you can't figure out what's going on. A lot of times, it's because you've got so many things that you are focusing on outside of what you're supposed to be doing that it takes up more time than it really should.
Tip number two is to eliminate all of the things that are sapping your energy. This is the conversation I was having with my mastermind buddy, is that if I go through my Facebook feed and I see people that are doing the same thing as me, say ads for branding, etc., I might know them, I might not know them. I might love them, I don't know, but I hide those ads because it triggers me. It's something that I think, “Oh well, if they're doing it, then should I be doing it?” Which is a silly thing to think because obviously there's room for all of us, but it doesn't mean that you can't protect your own headspace. I think it's really great to know people in your industry and connect with them, but if you find that in your Instagram feed or in your Facebook feed that you are getting sucked into comparison-itis, then I think it's just smart to eliminate it.
I don't actually get upset when I know people who I really like, they're in the same area as me, when they unsubscribe from my newsletter or they don't follow me on social anymore. I'm okay with that because I'm making the assumption that they're protecting their own headspace, and maybe because I talk about business coaching and branding, that's not something they need to be seeing all the time. So, they can just do what they need to do, and keep their head in their own game. Now, some people might feel like that's a bit extreme, but I think that it's really up to you to make the decision what you want to consume.
Now, there are business coaches that I love, I catch up for lunch with, I mention them before, I've had them on the podcast, but they are supportive and they're part of my ecosystem. They don't trigger me. I love them. So, I think it's also taking a look at people in your industry that you feel really energise you and keeping them around, and others who maybe sap your energy, you might need to cull. It's nothing personal. It's just making sure that you are keeping your head in the game and on your own work.
The third thing is to really know your vision. Really know what you're here to do and why what you're doing is important. And hold that close to you because I think that's my biggest motivator. I know that I want to help more small business owners to build standout brands, to create the right systems, strategies, and structures to help them scale their business in a big way. That's something that I think about every day. How is the content that I'm creating, how is the work that I'm doing helping me towards that vision? And is this content that I'm reading, other people I'm engaging and interacting with, helping me to be the best version of myself? Are they helping me to execute that vision and make sure that I feel amazing in the process?
So, I think that those are three ways that you can really protect your head space and make sure that you are watering your own patch of grass, you're not looking over and seeing what other people are doing, and that it's not taking you into comparison-itis or taking you into imposter syndrome that you're not worthy or you're not qualified enough to do what you're doing. So, if this is something that you're struggling with, then make sure you leave a comment below, I'd love to know!
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