Understanding the difference between being busy and living is paramount to your business su2ccess!

10 years ago I was climbing the corporate ladder, studying at uni and the seeds of my business were being sewn. To say that I was busy was an understatement. 

I was constantly in a state of go go go, with a lot of people relying on me and a very full life. 

One day I had a massive panic attack in my office, it took every ounce of strength to walk to my boss’ office and when I got there, I crashed.  

I was completely burnt out. 

As a naturally optimistic person in the prime of her corporate career, the feeling of having zero motivation or capacity to do or think was scary! Turns out, it was also quite humbling. 

It forced me to stop. 

I had to rebuild a new way of working, thinking and being.

When I think about being ‘busy’, I think about the feeling of being burnt out. And I never want to feel that way again.

This is why I’m so passionate about helping other women in business never experience this feeling for themselves. 

So I ask you, how would it feel to run your business without the threat of burnout?

How would it feel to release the shackles of ‘busy’ to be able to thrive in your business and your life?

Time passes by so quickly and it’s too easy to miss important dates, and live in a cycle of perpetual guilt for whoever it is you’re letting down today. Not to mention the increase in concerns around health and stress. 

I know you want more time, more joy and to feel happy and content. And I know you think to get this, you need to do more. 

The opposite is true. 

There’s a difference between going through life being ‘busy’ or going through life ‘living’. 

Busy is when things feel chaotic, out of control and you go through the days every single minute accounted for. By this definition, it’s an unresourceful (or dysfunctional) state to be in. Especially for long periods of time.

Living is when things feel calm, and somewhat under control, there’s more joy and presence in what you’re doing… it’s the resourceful (or functional) state of being. 

Through awareness and understanding of how these two extremes play out in your business and in your life, you can identify when you’ve been pulled into the busy trap and how to get yourself back to living. 

Where would you place yourself on this graph?


X marks the spot as the gold standard of where you want to be. X means that you’re present, grounded, tapping into the past to learn and grow, and equally looking forward to seeing what lays ahead without drowning in worry about the future. 

I’d love to know, do you resonate with being busy or in a state of living most of the time?

What’s 1 thing you can do to come back to living when you’re stuck in the busy trap?

If you relate to being stuck in the busy, why not book a free 20 minute clarity call (book here) with Ness or I to identify the #1 thing that holds you back from living more.

Nicky is a Sales and Business Leadership Coach with over 2 decades experience in sales and leadership. She’s been running successful coaching businesses since 2015 and is obsessed with helping business owners and teams thrive. She helps her clients install smart business growth strategies and leverage leadership for peak performance.

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