It’s almost five years since I left my day job to start my first business. I have learned SO MUCH since then, not only about the world of online business, but about myself and what it takes to be a business owner in the online space.
My business now is very different to the one I started in 2016 and I want to share with you three key lessons from my experiences and what you can do to avoid making the same mistakes I made in the early days. (Or, if you find you haven’t avoided these mistakes, help you to regroup and realise that you’re very far from alone, because I’ve since learned all these mistakes are pretty common).
Are you interested in the free Make Your Business Work for YOU Masterclass, but you’re wondering if it’s really worth your time and attention?
I get it. There are so many free offerings in the online space today - guides, trainings, livestream series, masterclasses, workshops…
We can’t possibly watch all of them
And even trying to watch some of them can leave us overwhelmed with information and maybe even less certain of what to do next than before we went looking for answers!
Have you been there?
I certainly have
So I wanted to give you a brief background on the purpose of the Make Your Business Work for YOU Masterclass and why I created it, so you can decide if you want to spend the 45 or so minutes it takes to watch it, and make use of the accompanying Journaling exercises.
As we draw towards the end of 2020, have you been thinking about what has happened in your life this year and what 2021 will hold?
I have been and, of course, it’s something I’ve been journaling about.
Whether you’re a new or regular journaler, or journaling is something you’ve wondered about trying and never have, now is the perfect time to turn to the page to appreciate and acknowledge how far you’ve come in 2020 and to consider what you want your life to look like over the next year.
You don’t need me to tell you that 2020 has been an unusual year, most likely unlike any other we’ve known. And the turn of the calendar isn’t going to magic the associated challenges away. But, it’s an opportunity to take stock, reframe and set expectations for the New Year based on how we want it to unfold. That way we’re defining our own guiding parameters to work within and are setting off with positive intention, focused on what’s important to us and within our control.
As for the rest? Well, let’s make sure we’ve got each other...
Confession: considering it’s pretty obvious what EASE means, when I first saw it mentioned in relation to business, I’ll admit that I got a bit confused. I read a lot of inspiring posts from wonderfully talented entrepreneurs about achieving a feeling of ease in business. I also read a lot of inspiring posts from wonderfully talented entrepreneurs about doing what feels good and finding ease in your business experiences day to day. It sounded GREAT because, in my reality, ease was the last thing I was feeling. I was riddled with self-doubt, everything was a struggle and, in short, I...
My husband once called me a contrarian and then pointed out when I said, ‘Thanks,’ that he hadn’t fully intended it as a compliment!
I looked it up and found the definition as someone who takes an unpopular or contrary view.
While I don’t do this just for the sake of it, nor to be awkward, argumentative or annoying because I see no value in any of those things, I will concede that I often try to look at things differently, and regularly question what I hear of as the ‘norm’. I think that this is rooted in a desire to keep learning and growing, so once again I’m going to go with, ‘Thanks,’ as my response!
Anyway, it got me thinking about FEAR and the conventional, understandable wisdom that we see fear only as ‘limiting’, something to ‘overcome’ and be ‘free’ from in our life and business.
Now, I hate fear as much as the next person and do a lot of mindset work to ‘overcome’ fear-based issues, be ‘free’ from them and stop them holding me back or limiting me.
But I thought I’d take the idea of finding fear a friend for a spin to see where I landed and I’ve decided that there’s something in it.