Many years ago, when I founded Immigrant Spirit, I was struggling to make the business work. I spent all days and many nights working: reaching out to people, sharing advice and building a community.
But somehow I couldn’t make the business sustainable. No matter how much I worked and how many clients I got: It never seemed to be enough to pay the bills – not even to mention about investing into growth and better service.
It was around the same time of the year as now – end of November or early December, that I decided that something had to give.
I cancelled all my plans for December. My calendar was as white as the snow that I could see from my desk – if I looked at a postcard from Switzerland, that was pinned below my computer screen. (It never really snows in Düsseldorf. All we get is a wet patch that will disappear after a day or two. But I digress.)
On 1th of December, early in the morning, before anyone else got up, I took a notepad and sat on my sofa. I didn’t speak, didn’t try to come up with anything – I just gave it time. Enough time to get bored. And then I gave it more time.
Boredome is a blessing.
Be bored long enough and your mind will find things to play with. Just like a child can transform a shoe box, a picture frame and a salad bowl into an epic space station, so can your mind combine seemingly unrelated items – and find a unique idea.
That’s where success is born.
I took a whole month to do nothing but think. And this “month of insight” turned my business from near bankcruptcy to a sustainable, high value business model that has served me well for over twelve years. (And along the way it helped over 200 international professionals find jobs in Germany.)
I do this every year now. All of December I do nothing but review my last year, ask myself what would really make me happy – and let that guide my plans for the next year.
More thinking. Less worry.
Here’s a quick win for you:
Make an appointment with yourself once per week. Three hours that are blocked. Where you are not available. No other meetings, phone calls or emails.
Sit and be bored.
You will be surprised what unique gifts your mind will create for you.
I wish you success.
PS: If you like to discuss what your mind comes up with – and form that idea into a concrete plan: Feel free to book an individual coaching session here.
“Career coach Chris Pyak says if he can do it, anyone can – that’s why his job is now helping others overcome such obstacles.”