When I started my business, I thought I knew what I was doing.
I was starting a business.
That was it.
I knew I had a lot to learn, but I was excited.
I knew it would take time, but that was OK.
I knew there was so much I didn’t know.
But I’d learned stuff before.
I could do it again.
And I was on my way to getting what I wanted. To building a life round what mattered to me most, to doing something I enjoyed – finally – and to having autonomy over my own schedule.
That’s still my mission, but I’m even more committed to it today than the day I started.
Are you doing what you wanted to do when you were a child?
I’m not. Over the years I’ve wanted to be a dancer, a physiotherapist, a police officer, a diplomat and a florist.
That’s only the jobs I’ve wanted to do and never done!
Let’s just say, what I’ve wanted has changed and evolved a few times over the years.
And although I finally believe I’ve found what I want to do with my life, (woot!) I’m very open to the evolution of my business over time.
One of the reasons that I started my own business was that I wanted to create the rest of my life around what and who mattered to me most.
I wanted to be able to focus on my family. To be around to support my children through the important exam phase in their lives. To be around for my parents who on occasion needed some support.
I wanted to have autonomy over my own schedule so that I could have the peace of mind that goes along with being able to choose, being able to decide where you place your time and energy in a way that feels good, not in a way that makes you resentful.
That all sounds coherent and hangs together now, but rewind some years and all I knew was that I felt frustrated with the way my life was unfolding.
One of the reasons I love mindset work so much, and why I’ve incorporated it as a foundational part of my personal development business, is that I completely overlooked its value at first.
When I started in business, I thought I had to learn what I needed to DO.
Marketing, running a website and all the legal, technical and financial aspects of entrepreneurship were high on my list of learning priorities.
And it was true. I did need to learn about these important aspects of running a business, some of them from scratch, in order to be able to DO what I wanted to DO, which was be self-employed.
So that’s where I placed my energy and focus.