I Declare This Phase of My Business Complete

by | Feb 17, 2023 | Entrepreneurship

It hadn’t even occurred to me.

Every six months, you should complete, end, finish. Whatever’s going on in your business, complete it, start over, and move on.

As these words were exiting a guest speaker’s mouth, I realized just how many incompletes I’d been harboring in my own business.

I still find myself thinking about podcast series I started but never finished, books I meant to write but never wrote, blog posts I started but left sitting on my hard drive.

I think about the explosive traffic I had in 2018. I think about the people who reached out to me from California, interested in collaborating or investing with me. I think about the deposit I made with an agency to book podcast interviews. Basically, nothing ever came of any of it.

The list goes on and on.

And despite how much I talk about completion in my own writing, I’ve found a niche in my life rife with incompletion – my business. I’m living in the past when I could be living in the present. I could be creating a future and living into it. Meanwhile, I’m still trying to fix something that happened back there. It robs me of the present.

So, I’m declaring this phase of my business complete.

It doesn’t mean I won’t be delivering on certain promises I’ve made. Flashes of Elation is still coming, and perhaps I can still book those podcast interviews.

But most things aren’t worth saving. I need to let go of everything else.

I need to let go of disappointments. I need to let go of whatever I haven’t done. Or I need to have a conversation to get it complete. To share with the world (probably in a podcast) what I’ve decided, even if it’s just to acknowledge what I haven’t done and have no intention of doing anymore.

I’m reminded of a Derek Sivers post, and in times like these, it brings me comfort, and even freedom.

Goals shape the present, not the future.

Goals you’ve been putting off are bad goals. If they are not moving you to action, they don’t serve a purpose.

There’s no need to remain loyal to past projects, goals, ambitions, or ideals. You can change your mind, and it’s okay.

Most of what has been sitting with me for longer than a month or two, I will probably never do. I probably couldn’t even tell you what it was.

Letting go of this baggage is freeing. It allows me to transition to the next phase of my transformed business.