Why Stopping Is A Key To Success

I recently got married which meant I had to take a break from my business which, I’ll be honest, filled me slightly with dread. Not the marrying bit, he’s bloody lovely, but the not being at my computer every day working constantly bit.

Before I got married things were busy – to the point of head spinning Exorcist-like busy as my business was full throttle and I was planning our wedding (why I didn’t get a wedding planner, I do not know), so a much-needed break and time away was essential. But rather than in my old life when I’d switch the out of office on and skip out of the door, this time the pressures of running my own business came on honeymoon with me…for a while.

We were hugely lucky to spend two weeks travelling around the beautiful Sri Lanka (go if you can, it’s amazing) and it was only after the first week that we both properly felt relaxed and switched off. The first week we got ill, we were both worrying a bit about / doing a little bit of work and weren’t fully in the zone, as it were.

The second week was a different story – we relaxed, unwound and just enjoyed every minute and hardly thought about work. What really made me take notice and learn a lesson was that after such an phenomenal time and a full-on week of not even thinking much about my business, I came back to find three new client enquiries, the work I’d done pre-wedding being executed and delivering and, actually, no stress, only growth.

This got me thinking that sometimes we all need to stop, take stock and look after ourselves as if we’re not on good form and just frantically running around the hamster wheel, our business certainly won’t be. When you’re below par, things can be so stressful and even small issues can seem huge. I am a big advocate of self care and being honest with myself, mine was not great before I went away. And my body told me so – I had an eye infection, a cold, wasn’t sleeping great and, despite that, I kept ploughing on.

What this break has taught me is that the business world won’t stop spinning if I step off for a little while. That actually looking after yourself and taking stock is the best medicine for body and soul and that, having returned home, my mind and focus are more enthused about my business and growing it to the next level. It’s a win/win.

Even though this isn’t a marketing post per se, I wanted to write it as I know so many amazing business owners who might be in need of a break and fear stopping as we are the cleaner, accountant, social media person, web designer and strategist all rolled in one. And of course our business will implode if we stop. My friends, I’m telling you it will not. Looking after you is the best medicine for any business success along with huge dollops of preparation and negotiation!

I would love to hear from you if you’ve had a similar experience and how you dealt with it. Be great if you could leave a comment below.

By |2018-08-20T18:30:32+00:00August 20th, 2018|Business owners, Life, Marketing|7 Comments

About the Author:

Karen specialises in marketing, branding and events and runs her own business, Karen Campbell Marketing, where she brings brands to life through dedicated marketing strategies. She is a journalist and public speaker and regularly hosts workshops in and around London.

7 Comments

  1. Vicki Baumann August 21, 2018 at 9:03 am - Reply

    Such true words Karen. And so often we plough on like that for many years without breaking the pattern – I’m really pleased you have seen this early in your business and reaping the benefits. Looking after our health is #1 – but also a break away from the office every now and again, even if it’s just a day out, can help you see things more clearly. I’ve often had the clearest ideas on something I’ve been struggling with for weeks just by spending a day walking in the fresh air. Thanks for the reminder to be kinder to ourselves.

  2. Emily August 22, 2018 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    Karen I love this thank you! And congratulations on getting married, by the way . . Your article makes me think about how I have been doing loads of work with instagram recently. I really love the platform for its gorgeous images and the way people share more deeply and in a seemingly more accessible open way. I got into it last year when I came of FB for 2 months ( a whole other story) in the meantime I was really getting to grips with hashtags, and posting times, engagement etc. Last week I stopped going on Instagram all the time, partly because I wanted to just have a break and work on my own stuff for a while without the external influences (however beautiful they might be ). I found that during the time off I still got likes and follows on insta. And it was as if I was still on there. So I agree that the world doesn’t totally stop when you take a break. In fact, I came back on refreshed and excited to implement all of my new found info. Also, I have a friend who spends one day a week just mediating. He says the 7 hours that day of mediation more than make up for itself with his focus and productivity during the rest of the week. So, yes. I think taking a break is super important and rejuvenating, whatever it is that you are doing, especially with running a business that you love, which can be all so consuming. Thank you for highlighting this Karen. Love Emily x

  3. Yolande August 24, 2018 at 10:57 am - Reply

    Congratulations on being newly married! Such good advice – we do forget that the world won’t come to an end if we take some time off to rest, refresh and come back stronger!

  4. Jo August 25, 2018 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    I’m always so much more revitalised after a break and see things differently. You’re absolutely right, the world doesn’t stop when we step out for a bit and we come back stronger, and rearing to go!

  5. Cath Spencer-Smith September 5, 2018 at 7:37 am - Reply

    Congratulations on your wonderful marriage, Karen. When we work for ourselves there’s a bizarre fear (sometimes even guilt) about taking time out to recharge – often it’s driven by the excitement of doing something we really love, or a wish to get just a few more hours in a metaphorical time bank. We do this, despite knowing that productivity is hampered by lack of R&R. I’ve burnt myself out twice in my career, and so I’m now much more aware of the signs, and a wonderful hubby to remind me if I’m pushing myself too hard. Business doesn’t go away, just because we go on holiday. Have a great second year in your business!

    • Karen Campbell September 10, 2018 at 5:56 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much Cath – wise words from an amazing lady x

  6. Samantha Eaves October 2, 2018 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    Huge congratulations on your marriage Karen, it sounds like you needed a well deserved break. I totally agree about needing to remember to take a break because sometimes life has a habit of accelerating and taking over. Earlier this year I had some stuff going on in my personal life, was recovering from a broken elbow and bought a flat for the first time solo. It all got way too much and I had a panic attack whilst presenting at work which was mortifying. I took the following week off to move (why I thought I could do it in a day is beyond me). But the break got me back on track again and was a firm reminder to look after myself. And I didn’t think about work the entire week I was off!

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