Once upon a time - the story of resilience for women in business.
Today is International Women's Day, and I wanted to talk to you about the subject of RESILIENCE.
You know the story. Once upon a time there was a girl who leaves her corporate life with a dream. She starts up her own business, and lives happily ever after. ✨🙆♀️
Well uhhh..... we skipped a few chapters in between!!
According to Entrepreneur and Author Daniel Priestley - The vision many entrepreneurs have been sold is that business is "freedom", "fun" and a "barrel of laughs". He says that the reality is that business especially in the first months, the first years is TOUGH. And may involve significant doses of pain, frustration, heartbreak, loneliness and despair.
It takes many right steps along the journey to reach that path of true freedom and fulfilment. But one of those elements is to not give up.
This week was one I came face to face with the beast looming always at the edge of our entrepreneurial spirit👺 . Doubt.
We fought hard 🥊, and the beast retreated.
For the ladies here that feel me, and recognise this state, here are a few tips to get out. 💛.
"60% of women have considered starting a business, but put it off because of self doubt." - NatWest study into Female Entrepreneurship.
1️⃣ Know your STRATEGY - your business is a long game, and by having a clear view on your strategy and end vision, you will know that no matter what knocks you go through - by knowing where you're heading, you will continue to move one step closer.
2️⃣ SHARE it - big shoutout to my coach Tina who gave me the advice in that moment to "Get comfortable with the uncomfortable". Don't let it sit inside you. Talk it out. Get it out of your head. Accept and OWN that moment of discomfort, then let it go. Never simmer in admiration of it.
3️⃣ Sit down and make a PLAN - everyone has their way of processing their thoughts. For me this involves drawing it out and scribbling on paper so I can see what's ahead visually. Do whatever you need to do to get it clearly out of your head. Then make a plan to tackle it piece by piece.
4️⃣ Your MIND over everything! - A mentor in my early business days once advised me to feed my mind first thing in the morning. Daily. Instead of waking first thing in the morning and going immediately into planning and thinking about your day ahead, spend some time doing something that requires no effort - such as listening to a piece of audio that feeds your mind and inner resilience muscle.
Happy women's day. Keep getting out there. And find a way today to empower another woman.