Hitting Week 20 is quite the milestone! And to be honest, I wasn’t sure what I was going to write about this week. In general, the last couple of weeks I’ve been feeling grumpy and crappy, like I simultaneously need a nap AND an exciting getaway. But I didn’t want to write another whiny “what am I doing wrong?” post today. It’s time to snap out of that funk.
I’ve had a couple of projects recently hit the skids. Not client projects thank goodness, just things I’ve been trying to get off the ground that are, for whatever reason, not budging. This week I’m between clients so it was a chance to examine those projects again. After a few days (yes, days) of pouting and feeling junky about them (and one in particular), I finally decided enough was enough. I didn’t want to give up on the project, but it was time to admit that the way I’d been approaching it over and over the same way wasn’t working.
It needed to be “re-framed” – or changed enough so that while the soul of the project stays the same, the presentation or pieces of it are different. It changes the project just enough to get it moving again. And the key is, once something has been “re-framed” you don’t go back. No regrets, just lessons learned and on to Plan B.
I had been thinking this way about a specific project, but then it occurred to me that I could be applying my “re-framing” to several parts of my business and life to get me fully out of my funk. My marketing plan has settled into doing the same things and getting the same results. So if I want different (aka BETTER) results, then I should be trying different things. I’ve been a lot better about keeping my business hours during the day and taking time to relax and recharge in the evening, but even that could use some polishing. And yes, my attitude about looking for a part-time job could use re-framing as well.
In the end, it comes down to realizing that just because something isn’t working doesn’t make it a failure. That’s just not how it’s supposed to work. Re-frame.
Maggie Morgan is an interior decorator in Seattle. Visit her website to see her work and read her blog, Maggie Rose.