Business rules are made to be broken!!
I read a story this week I thought about summarizing it but, it is too good I want you to read it all… (I did not write this I saw it publicly on Facebook but, am not aware of the specific author)
RUN THE DISHWASHER TWICE.
When I was at one of my lowest (mental) points in life, I couldn’t get out of bed some days. I had no energy or motivation and was barely getting by.
I had therapy once per week, and on this particular week I didn’t have much to ‘bring’ to the session. He asked how my week was and I really had nothing to say.
“What are you struggling with?” he asked.
I gestured around me and said “I dunno man. Life.”
Not satisfied with my answer, he said “No, what exactly are you worried about right now? What feels overwhelming? When you go home after this session, what issue will be staring at you?”
I knew the answer, but it was so ridiculous that I didn’t want to say it. I wanted to have something more substantial. Something more profound. But I didn’t. So I told him,
“Honestly? The dishes. It’s stupid, I know, but the more I look at them the more I CAN’T do them because I’ll have to scrub them before I put them in the dishwasher, because the dishwasher sucks, and I just can’t stand and scrub the dishes.”
I felt like an idiot even saying it. What kind of grown woman is undone by a stack of dishes? There are people out there with actual problems, and I’m whining to my therapist about dishes? But my therapist nodded in understanding and then said:
“RUN THE DISHWASHER TWICE.”
I began to tell him that you’re not supposed to, but he stopped me.
“Why the hell aren’t you supposed to? If you don’t want to scrub the dishes and your dishwasher sucks, run it twice. Run it three times, who cares? Rules do not exist, so stop giving yourself rules.”
It blew my mind in a way that I don’t think I can properly express.
That day, I went home and tossed my smelly dishes haphazardly into the dishwasher and ran it three times. I felt like I had conquered a dragon. The next day, I took a shower lying down. A few days later. I folded my laundry and put them wherever they fit. There were no longer arbitrary rules I had to follow, and it gave me the freedom to make accomplishments again.
Now that I’m in a healthier place, I rinse off my dishes and put them in the dishwasher properly. I shower standing up. I sort my laundry. But at a time when living was a struggle instead of a blessing, I learned an incredibly important lesson:
THERE ARE NO RULES. RUN THE DISHWASHER TWICE!
This story really got me thinking about what arbitrary rules do I follow that are not only not working for me they are actually keeping me stuck instead of growing??
In everyday there are things like:
- Make your bed every morning.
- Don’t decorate for Christmas until after Thanksgiving.
- Eat 3 meals a day.
- Dress your age….
There are also rules we’ve been following as we build our businesses. Some of these rules may be good and help our business grow but, some may be keeping you stuck without you realizing it.
- You need to focus on your business 80-90 hours a day to be successful.
- For a digital business you need to post on every platform 2-3 times a day.
- You need to sacrifice time and recreation now so you can enjoy it later.
- Time-Block your calendar
I know for myself I follow rules that don’t work for me because I am concerned what others might think. When I am able to throw that thought away and do what feels good in my body and spirit my life and my business are more enjoyable and efficient.
Throwing off arbitrary rules has a freeing effect on every area of your life. There are some that serve us and help your business grow and run smoothly but, if a rule is binding you and keeping you frustrated or struggling THROW IT OFF!!!
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