When you feel like shit - motivation plummets - understand what you're experiencing is temporary and will PASS! 

Dan Trepanier

Mentor Coach, You're Self-Employed - The Flu - No Sick Pay? - Hang in There!

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One of the challenges with being self-employed is that you have to figure out a way to pull it together and make it happen when you don’t feel so hot.

Here’s a raw, uncut, unedited version of me expressing myself on Sunday night, recovering from the flu after an adamant couple of weeks feeling like crap. 

In my old job, I was able to accumulate about 2.5 sick days a month. I think when I left, I had about 120 unused days. Now that I am self-employed, those sick benefits are gone forever!

As a solo-entrepreneur with the flu, it’s easy to get freaked out thinking, ”oh my gosh, how am I going to get paid today?”. My advice is that you can’t get caught up in that negative mind trap.

I’ve been taking it easy today; I went to a yoga class and had a two-hour nap on the couch. I believe it’s critical to build a robust immune system and take lots of time to rest. I went to the pharmacist earlier and replenished my vitamins. I’veI’ve been rehydrating myself like crazy, and I’mI’m on the mend. 

I was in a bit of a negative funk, so to pull myself up and feel somewhat productive, I decided to record this short video.

Here’s a heartfelt message to those of you out there who are self-employed and may be suffering from the flu or some other illness. 

Accept that you will have sick days – it happens, so deal with it and stay motivated to do whatever is necessary to take care of your health, even if that means taking a two-hour nap in the middle of the day and curling up to a good book on the couch. 

Your emotions’ ups and downs are a normal part of the human condition, so don’t fight it, let it pass and get back on track quickly–Have a plan!

Oddly some days, I struggle as I wake up feeling doubtful. I’veI’ve noticed this pattern of negativity quickly passes within 15 minutes, but it still throws me for a loop ever time. Conversely, I’m aware that I get slightly manic and overly inspired by Friday afternoon, so I’ve learned to give myself a ”cooling-off” period before committing to any new agreements. Over or under inspiration can lead to burnout, so learning to say no is more important than saying yes to every opportunity that comes your way. It’sIt’s about maintaining focus and doing what matters.

My point is that when I am over or under inspired or motivated, I lose focus, which jeopardizes the progress of my project. That’s when I refer to one or more steps from my Personalized Inspiration Plan–get’sget’s me back on track every time!

Inspiration is the fuel that feeds highly creative people. Self Doubt the gunk in your engine oil.

So that’s my story; hang in there, live life on your own terms and do what matters because it’sits not going to be rosy and fantastic.

  • Just have the self-awareness to understand that feeling a little rundown will impact your creativity – don’t be so hard on yourself!
  • Tomorrow begins a new day as I look forward to diving into my creative work even though I still feel a little congested.

I hope you find value in my random post as I hit the sack feeling satisfied that I’ve shared a kindred message of inspiration and motivation. 

In support and happiness,

Dan Trepanier