It’s like you’re throwing a temper tantrum.

You know what you want to do.  You know why you want to do it.  You know how to do it.  It’s important.  The growth of your business depends on it.  But, no matter what you do the three-year old kid inside of you is stomping his or her feet screaming “NO!”
temper tantrum
“NO!  I will not do it!”

“NO!  Not now!  I have more time!”

“NO!  I don’t want to!”

“NO!  You can’t make me do it!”

I’m sharing this because this topic came up three times last week and it’s serious.

I am not going to pretend that I know why we have to do battle with our inner child; I just know that it happens.  Maybe it’s because we were wronged somewhere along the way, or maybe we were righted?  Maybe it’s a natural reaction to fear, uncertainty, excitement or even boredom.  Who knows?

What I do know is this, if you don’t get that little kid inside of you to settle down, you’ll never get your work done and you’ll continue to be incredibly frustrated.

There are times when having some “kid” in you is great because it adds to your creative and fun side, but there are other times when you need to “be the adult”.

Here are five ideas my clients and I came up with during our discussions.  Go ahead and give them a try.

  1. Tell the little boy or girl inside that you are a grown up and what you say goes.  Then tell them that it’s time to sit down and behave.
  2. Since one of the reasons you likely started your own business was so that you could be in control (yup the little kid’s power play), pretend that you are an employee instead of a business owner.  Look at the work you have to do and do it, for your boss.
  3. Make a deal with the child inside of you.  Tell him or her that if they behave, and get a specific task done, then they get to take a break.  (Since I’m a mom with three kids I’ll share this warning with you… make sure that they live up to their side of the bargain before they get the reward.)
  4. Ask the child inside of you why they don’t want to do it.  Is there something that they are afraid of?  Is there something that’s new to them?  Is it something that is going to be hard or boring?  Tell them that everything will be okay because you have resources and people you can ask for help if you need it.
  5. Take time to play.  Don’t try to sit and work from dawn to dusk. Take breaks to move your body and your mind.

Share what your inner child stops you from doing and what do you do to tame him or her?