Why are you doing this? How does it support your Happiness?
Wheather you’re building a business, starting a movement, or donating your time, I want you to ask yourself:
Why am I doing this?
That’s the real question, isn’t it? Whatever you are building in your life that’s the question you need to ask yourself.
Why are you doing this whole “entrepreneur” thing? If you don’t have a real good reason for doing it then I can almost guarantee that it will be hard to keep it up. Being an entrepreneur isn’t easy so before you continue down this amazing journey I want you to ask yourself: why?
My why’s are Freedom and Service. The freedom to explore the world, meet new people and have fun doing it. And the ability to serve other women and entrepreneurs in creating a better world together.
We all need more freedom in our lives, the freedom to live life on our own terms, to follow our dreams, and create a better future. And claiming that freedom for ourselves is the first step in making the world a better place. Or how Linda Coussement from How it is to Be You so brilliantly puts it:
“When we take responsibility for our own happiness we can through, bring happiness to the world as a whole.”
(I’m paraphrasing here, but don’t take my word for it visit her site to learn more)
What is your Why? Or better yet what would bring you happiness? And in doing so bring about a better world.
Just stop! I’m serious you need to stop saying to yourself and the world that you can’t figure stuff out. It is limiting your ability to grow and create a business that you’ll fall in love with.
Like the brilliant Marie Forleo says everything is figureoutable! You can figure it out!
Now don’t get me wrong, I know that some things can be hard. Some things are harder than others to learn and sifting through code to figure out how to get that youtube verified thing working can be frustrating. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t learn them! Or that you can’t figure it out!
When you say that you’ll never be able to figure out how to create a landing page for your business, or a Facebook ad or an email automation. You’re taking away your own power.
Here’s what I mean by that:
When you completely give up on learning a new skill you are closing yourself up to all that that learning experience would bring to you. Including realizing the full potential of this new tool and how you could fully use it.
Here’s the truth: if you really wanted to learn these things you could! What’s really happening is that you don’t want to invest the time to learn it. And that’s fine! In fact learning what to delegate and what to learn how to do yourself is the most important thing you’ll do for your business.
My point: Should you delegate? Yes definitely! Delegating is vital for your business! But never give away your power.
Always remember that you can always learn to do it yourself!
Have you ever had a dream that felt just out of reach?
Maybe because it’s too big, too scary, or just too hard.
I know just the feeling. I’ve been there too. But today’s post isn’t about delayed dreams. Today is about taking that big scary dream from our heart and bringing it into reality.
For years I have dreamed of road tripping across Europe. No real destination or time restraint. Just traveling and exploring this beautiful continent that I live in.
And for years I had delayed this dream.
But not anymore!
The time for delays is over. We took the plunge and dove head first into planning and making this dream happen. There were plenty of times when I doubted we’d ever get there, but now it’s official!
Our trip starts in 3 short months! And although there are still a million things to plan and prepare, I couldn’t be more excited!
I’ll still be working while I travel and my husband will be looking for odd jobs while trying to start his own business (send him some love over at talkyourmind.com)
In the meantime, I’d love to hear from you. What’s a big dream you’ve been delaying? And if you’ve ever gone on a road trip let me know your best tips and tricks.
We live in a world where we are always on, always connected. In a world so connected, it’s important to find the time to take a day off work. Having a no tech day and the constantly on world can be a game changer.
That’s why starting right now (actually I started yesterday) I’m taking Sunday’s off tech. One full day without any tech in my life. Sounds Crazy, right? I promise you it’s worth it.
What did I learn from my first No Tech Sunday?
Taking a day off is hard!
It’s hard to disconnect from the internet and all of your responsibilities for a full day. I really had to fight the urge to turn on the computer, or just check my email really quick.
You get to focus on what really matters
Without all the distractions of the internet, I got to enjoy the time with my friends and family. It was a great opportunity to connect with the people and pets I love.
You will get bored
It will happen, I promise. I started the day off fine but by 18 PM I was crazy bored! I’m sure I’ll get better at this as time goes by, but just be prepared to face the boredom.
Planning works best in a vacuum
For the past few weeks, I had been feeling overwhelmed and unsure of where to go next. Taking this time off of everything allowed me to take a deep breath and focus on where I want to go.
You’ll start the week with renewed energy
Monday never felt better! I had a clear idea and a draft of how to get there and so I got to start my Monday at full speed!
Who should do this? Everyone!
Seriously, if you spend most of your day connected to a screen then you NEED to do this! The time off will give you perspective and keep you centered as you go on to chase your dreams!
If you like this idea of taking some time off this tech world and doing a digital detox, then you need to check out Folk Rebellion. Jess Davis gave me the idea of doing a no tech Sunday after hearing about a Digital Detox from her.
It’s been 15 months since I started my business and billed my first client. (I can’t quite believe this myself!)
Had you asked me a year ago: if I’d be doing this full time within a year of starting my business. My answer would have probably been No!
I know that I’m good at what I do. But I had never thought I could grow this fast and support myself so soon after starting. There’s still plenty that I don’t know how to do. And I learn something new every day but I wanted to share a couple of things I have learned along the way.
What I’ve learned in 1 Year of Building my Business
Consistency is Everything
I tried to start a business before, many times before. (an embarrassing number of times, let’s not talk about that) What made this time different was consistency.
If you want to start a business you need to show up for it every single day. This doesn’t mean you need to sit for an hour at the desk every day, or maybe it does, it’s up to you. What it does mean is that if you really want to make this happen you need to do something every day to move the ball forward.
It doesn’t have to be perfect AKA Adjust as you Go
Creating your own business isn’t a perfectly organized process. Actually, it can be messy as hell, but that’s okay!
So when you’re starting your business don’t worry about making it perfect. Make it as good as you can make it right now. And then keep moving forward! Chances are you will change everything in a few months anyway so please do yourself and the world a favor and, as a wise woman once said, “Launch before your ready!”
Not everyone is a right fit for you
If one lead doesn’t call back. If the one client never renews and if there are just some people that don’t get you that’s okay. Your business isn’t for everyone! It’s for the people who get it and most importantly the people who get you!
As long as you have clients who get you and people who keep coming back for more you’re doing great! Don’t spend too much of your time thinking about the people that don’t get it.
Everything is growth and this is all part of the journey.
There will be moments when you need to regroup, and times when you want to shift gears. There’ll be days of amazing growth and joy and days of pure sadness. This is all part of the journey called life.
Keep living and remember you get to adjust your direction whenever you feel like it. It’s your life after all.