There comes a time in your life that you must be ready to embrace who you really are. For some that means a career change or a new hobby. For me, it meant finding a situation that freed me to actually create and live my dream life.
It meant a return to entrepreneurship.
More than money or just being my own boss, the true fuel behind my decision to become an entrepreneur was freedom. It was the one option that would allow me to truly embrace all of the skills, the knowledge, the experience and the passion that makes me… me.
I desperately needed to be the master of my own time and have the flexibility to pursue my purpose. I no longer wanted my worth determined by an employer and I wanted complete control of the direction that my life was heading in.
As I researched my own dilemma, I found that I wasn’t the only one feeling this way. A recent Cox Business study found that more than 50 percent of women became entrepreneurs so they could have control over their future.That’s a large percentage of women, who want to take back control of their potential, right?
So the question is: If women are realizing that they can be their own boss, what keeps so many of them from following their dreams and creating their own businesses?
For the most part, the answer is simple: comfort and familiarity. Think about it, whether you like your job or not, it’s comfortable (and safe) knowing that you will receive a paycheck twice a month, that your medical benefits and retirement savings are automatically deducted and that you have accrued paid time off. It’s familiar, because like most you’ve been groomed to get a solid education, climb the corporate ladder and create a cozy home for you and your family. Anything outside of those parameters can be seen as risky and reckless.
Before I took a chance on myself, I was quite successful in a corporate management job that outside of the office politics, I found very simple. Yet, as I made my transition from being employed to being self-employed, I realized that I was the one solely responsible for setting up all of my systems, planning out my days and delivering on every item on my to-do list. I was mentally prepared for the challenge, but the change still took some getting used to. I struggled with self-doubt and I put a lot of pressure on myself. It was only when I remembered the advice that I had often given to my coaching clients, “No matter how scary it looks, just start. One step at a time, just start”, that I was able to stop focusing on the big picture and instead get busy with the small steps needed for success.
I realize that I am not the only one that has struggled with the decision to become my own boss and I also know that like anything new and unfamiliar, it can be a scary endeavor. But if you recognize that this is the right choice for you, and you’ve embarked on your own entrepreneurial journey, I want to be of assistance to you.
In my quest to help you embrace your work-for-self goals, I have complied a few steps to help get you out of your own head and busy in your business.
Here are three strategies to help you take a leap, stay focused and to conquer your fears
Don’t look for others to champion your idea or even be fully supportive when you first get started. In moments that others deposit doubt, always remember that this is your business. You are the visionary, and no one else needs to validate the value of your endeavor; but you must first truly believe in yourself and your business.
There will be days that you feel completely overwhelmed or even under water. It is up to you to create and maintain a positive attitude. When you work for yourself you have to be ready to celebrate even the smallest milestones. Did you finally make that sales call that you had been dreading? Did you finally check off everything on your daily to-do list, in one day? Break out the champagne and celebrate. The energy made in those moments of accomplishment will be much needed in times of doubt or pressure.
My father always told me to see all situations from a 360-degree perspective. Simply put, always consider all sides – what the other person is thinking, how they are feeling and what the possible outcomes can be. Because of this, I learned to not envy others success; because I had no real idea how good or bad they were really doing. Jealousy can lead you down a path of ungratefulness. So steer clear of comparing yourself or your business, with where others are. Be grateful for the opportunity to pursue your dreams and to create an intentional life.