There are so many pitfalls that people don’t think about before they rush to leave their 9 to 5, and soon find themselves shackled to their small business. In order to create true freedom in our businesses, we have to take 100% responsibility for it. And that means setting clear expectations, always keeping our commitments, maintaining healthy boundaries, and always acting from a place of purpose.
The keys to being a successful entrepreneur are consistency and perseverance and a willingness to fail. And when we do, we pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and do it again! Statistically, it makes total sense. The more times you try, the more times you will fail, and also the more times you will succeed! If you don't fail, you are not learning and growing as a leader.
As we go into this Thanksgiving holiday week filled with opportunities to pause and give thanks, you may need to remind yourself to be grateful to even the most annoying of unsolicited advice-givers when it comes to your business. There is always a lesson to be learned if only you open your eyes to it! In the end, by practicing gratitude, you will find yourself calmer, wiser and more in control.
What is the opportunity cost of collecting paper or virtual files full of ideas and supporting information if you never get around to using them? What if you let go of the fear that your ideas would be lost if the paper they were written on was gone? What if you could make space in your brain and in your life for NEW ideas, BETTER ideas?
In our workaholic culture, self-care is often seen as indulgent. As a leader, it's your responsibility to set the example in your business that it’s not just about taking care of yourself when you’re sick (treating the symptom), it’s about taking good enough care of yourself that you don’t get sick or run down in the first place (treating the root cause.) Result? A happier, healthier, and wealthier business.
Entrepreneurs consider their business their baby, and they are so used to doing everything themselves that they have a death-grip on every activity. But by micromanaging -- keeping all the most important duties to yourself, or hovering over someone as they attempt to do what you’ve asked, not only are you inhibiting their ability to help you in a meaningful way, the end result is you hurt yourself and your baby, er, I mean business.
The thinking is, if your house (literal or metaphorical) is in order, then it makes it so much easier to find the mental and physical space to get the big stuff done! The problem arises when you start to use that as an excuse to avoid the big stuff. The reality is there IS plenty of time ... you just have to consciously decide everyday, how you will use it to your advantage.
Despite the promises of so many DIY tools, tips, and programs for everything from cloud accounting systems to sales funnels, setting up your business systems so that they work for you and actually make your life easier, is not an easy task. With so much to do and so many choices, it’s easy to fall into overwhelm and inaction. Focus, my friends, is the name of the game here ...
Our culture has this incredible aversion to failure. When someone says they “feel like a failure” it brings up some of the worst emotions: self-doubt, pity, shame. This is changing in some circles, but #fearoffailure still holds so many of us back from doing things that would help us grow. But, failure is inevitable. If you’re not willing to fail at all, it means you never tried.
Purpose is the foundation for the conscious creation of the culture you want to build in your organization. So, how can you articulate your unique purpose in a way that inspires others, to join your team, to support your movement, to buy your product? And how do you keep that in line of sight when the busy-ness starts to cloud your thinking?
While the eclipse was a tremendous reminder of the power of nature, and that there are forces at work all around us that are completely out of our control, it was also, for me, a reminder about the things that are happening in my life and business that are completely within my control – that while I can’t control what is happening around me, I do have the ability to change my own trajectory with subtle shifts in my thinking and actions.
There’s no sense denying it … everyone needs some R&R once in awhile to boost their productivity (there are loads of studies and articles out there that simply cannot be argued with), but for an early-stage entrepreneur like me, can it still be justified? That was the critical question looming in my head.
Overwhelm is a state that every entrepreneur has struggled with at one time or another, and while it feels like it owns you when you’re in it, it's really an emotion in the context in which we most often use it, and that means that you own it. It doesn't happen TO us, and it’s time to take back our responsibility in creating overwhelm for ourselves.
Authenticity in business is a complex and nuanced issue. When you are new – when you have no track record – either because you are in a new position or because you are starting a new business, it’s really important to show up with confidence, but where do we draw the line between confidence and showmanship?
When I hear my colleagues in consulting, advising, or coaching talk about lowering their prices for first-time clients, I get so frustrated! Giving discounts in your service-based business only forces you to work harder and serve more clients to reach your goals. Meanwhile, clients learn to expect more for less on an ongoing basis ...
When I first started investigating what it would take to really launch a coaching business, a lot of people told me I should start out and build my experience by doing the work for free. While that may work for specific activities, like testing a worksheet, gauging someone’s reaction to the curriculum of a program, or practicing a particular tool, general ongoing coaching for free, I discovered, is a massive failure.