Much of January 2015 has consisted of me running around like a headless chicken, as I’ve dealt with a long to-do list of mundane administrative tasks. Like gathering proof of income for Obamacare. (It’s a little complicated for us entrepreneurs. But luckily, I got that done – for now.) Shopping around for a different Commercial Liability plan. (Actually, that one was fairly easy thanks to my awesome new agent.) And *grumble, grumble, grumble* filling out the Combined Sales and Use Tax form for last quarter… and that’s just a few.
But, that last one, particularly, has been the bane of my existence for the past week. Now, mind you, I’ve called and gotten help with filling out the Combined Sales and Use Tax form every quarter since officially establishing my business in September 2013. And, regardless of how many phone calls I’ve made to the NV Dept. of Taxation, or how many times the same question has been answered over and over again, I find myself freaking out about it the following quarter. Every. Freakin’. Time. But, ask just about every other small business owner and you’ll hear that’s a fairly common sentiment. (Yes, that brings a little bit of comfort.)
Lucky for me, a couple days ago, epiphany came a knockin’ just as the panic-o-meter started rockin’. How?
I don’t remember exactly what I was thinking before it hit. I only recall the “aha” moment itself… my thoughts… what went through my mind… It sounded something like this:
“Hey Gina. Calm down and give yourself a pat on the back. You are one patient mo-fo! And for that I salute you. In the midst of this ‘try not to pull hair out of head’ chaos, you’re still here. You’re. Still. Here. Chipping away. Drilling into this shit. You know that dealing with these types of things is a necessity of owning a business. It’s a must. Owning a business is a privilege, not a right. And you know this. How fortunate are you to have the gusto necessary to do everything that needs to be done? And the freedom to be able to own your own business? And the capability, too?!”
Clearly, my inner-self is pretty damn clever at playing reverse psychology on itself. Wait! Reverse psychology by myself on myself? Is that even possible? Well, whatever… SOMEHOW, I know how to trick myself into remembering what’s important.
Sometimes, we just have to stop what we’re doing and remember the “why.” You know, reconnect with the reason for being. That passion. It puts everything into perspective. And then the grunt work doesn’t seem so bad.
I am fortunate to have a business, and a dream, to pour blood, sweat and tears into. And I wouldn’t have it any other way… Even on those days when I’m on hold for hours, waiting for someone (anyone? somebody? please!) to help me complete a form.
Oh, forget it! I’ll just drive down there.
__Photo taken at Mount Charleston, Nevada by Gina Mizzoni. Exposure: F/11, 1/250 sec, ISO 250__
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