It’s fascinating really…. We often focus on external barriers and roadblocks, rather than looking inside ourselves.
I shared recently a bit about my psychology background and how I thought that was going to be the route I took in life. Entrepreneurship has also been a passion so this also just made so much sense. From working in this space for over a year I started to realise how fundamental and vital mindset was to each and every solopreneur, VA and other business owners I met.
I think deep down I always knew where the strength needed to come from, but seeing it in so many others, a lightbulb ( more like fireworks) went off. I’d be helping some of my amazing clients and came to find that no amount of systems and process they had in place can hold their business together.
Remember in school, you’d highlight the life out of your textbook and fill notepad after notepad with notes? Both made you feel really good about yourself. Was it enough to succeed? No, you still had to put in the work and learn the material! We can have as many applications and tools that make us appear we’ve our s**t together when we could still be falling apart on the inside.
Doing admin is going to be a lot easier than working on your mindset. That’s probably why there may be some resistance to start. I promise you, it’s not only worth it but completely and utterly necessary to succeed.
We first need to talk about confidence.
I’m not sure if you’ll find this easy or hard to believe but I was literally the least confident person in every room I was in. Not feeling good enough or confident enough was a massive roadblock that I had to overcome. It was also the primary reason I delayed starting my business for so long. I try not to think about it but sometimes it’s hard not to imagine where I would be in my business if I started 10 years ago. I cannot be angry at the older version of myself or how I felt. I only regret not doing the things I wanted despite that feeling.
If you are reading this and resonating with these feelings of anxiety and doubt, I have good and bad news for you. Good news, you aren’t alone. This is such a common barrier for ALL business owners. The newbies and also the hugely successful, 1M follower business owner (yes them too). The bad news? You and only you can do something about it.
There is a fork in the road for all of us. How much do we want the life we’re chasing? Is it worth getting out of our comfort zone and facing all our insecurities?
What scares you more? Doing a Facebook live or waking up in 10 years thinking “I wish I went for it”. I know which one scares me more.
Mindset is a buzz word among the online business community. You might even be sick of being told how important it is. I get it.
However, I want to ask yourself the following questions:
➔ Have you ever doubted yourself or your abilities?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
➔ Do you find yourself comparing yourself to others in your industry?⠀⠀
➔ Do those you work with push your boundaries?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
➔ Are you feeling overwhelmed or overworked?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
➔ Did you start your business for freedom & flexibility but find yourself working more hours than ever?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
If you answered yes to any of these, I want you to take a deep breath. Your feelings are normal and really common! It doesn’t however mean it’s the only way. We need to realise once and for all that s**t is going to happen to us and our business. IT. IS. INEVITABLE. Mindset isn’t about avoiding these things. It is about how to stay grounded and above water when the waves hit.
A strong mindset means that you’re resilient, strong, confident, clear on your goals, aligned in your business and have the inner strength to weather any storm.
Removing fear, anxiety, shame, confidence and self-doubt is going to have you jumping out of bed each and every morning because your business is going to be a joy and not a struggle.
You don’t have to do it alone either. I can’t tell you how much finding my biz besties online has helped me to understand that there is a support system available to us out there!
If you haven’t already, join my Facebook group which is full of like-minded biz owners who are all at different stages of their business. However, all experience the same highs and lows. Feel free to pop any worries, questions or wins into the group and I promise you’ll feel so supported.
And finally, remember: everything you need to flourish, you already have. Dig deep and chase your dream.
Let’s be friends on Instagram! I’d be happy to support you. xx