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Conquering Entrepreneurial Self-Doubt
If there’s one thing entrepreneurs aren’t short of (sadly!), it’s self-doubt.
While we have great ideas, there is always a tiny version of ourselves perched on our shoulder questioning our idea(s) or injecting our inner working with some negative self-talk. But with that said, if there’s one thing that us mompreneurs and entrepreneurs AREN’T short of, it’s resilience.
As a business owner, being resilient is important because it reminds us that although the situation at hand may feel exceptionally hard and sometimes greatly uncomfortable, we can trust ourselves to overcome it.
Resilience helps us learn better, perform better, be everything for yourselves, our family, our team (if you have one in place), and of course, our clients. It will also help reduce our chances of engaging in risky behaviour, help us become more in tune with our true selves (and social circles) and most importantly improves our physical and mental well-being. However, being resilient isn’t always as easy as it sounds. And it’s most certainly not a walk in the park. Quite frankly, it’s the exact opposite. So, what I want you to do while you work through all the humps of building and growing your business is to think of building resilience like building muscle. It takes time, energy, sacrifice, and a whole heck of a lot of pain. You’re going to feel aches and pains for a while. But trust me, it will all be worth it in the end.
And to help you on that part of your journey, I wanted to share a few ideas to help you conquer your self-doubt (and possibly even fear of failure) when it comes to launching your business or … if you’ve already done so, launching a new product or service.
We always learn from other’s experiences, so here are a few of ours …
- Just start. There’s never going to be a “perfect” launch or the ideal time to do so. So, by accepting that, you’re free to just begin. It’s completely normal to still be afraid of what other’s think; frankly, we’d be surprised if anyone didn’t have that feeling! Consider this as your “square one” as it can only go up from here. With that said, do your best to encourage feedback from your customers so that you can learn what they liked and didn’t like, and use that feedback to your advantage for your next launch!
- If you’ve got the time and ability, try doing a test launch, or a beta launch. Consider this chance to do a dry run where you select few individuals and have them test everything out for you — either for free or a reduced fee, in exchange for their honest feedback. In turn, you can gather all the feedback and go back to the drawing board and make your product bigger and better. Thus, giving you the satisfaction and time to fine tune before the big offical launch to the entire world.
- As self-doubt is completely an internal mindset block, we encourage you to practice positive psychological self-care. This could be either journaling or making a list of what emotions this launch is bringing up, and then countering them with positive responses. For example, you might write “who am I to create a course!?” and counter that with “I am smart, educated, and have loads of experience. I know what I’m talking about. I want to help others by sharing this wealth of knowledge with the world.” And by being kind to yourself and acknowledging these emotions (and then writing the real truth), you will find that your self-doubt gets a bit quieter each time. And your self-confidence in your skills and what you have to offer will grow — in leaps and bounds. Thus making the next launch much easier.
- Get extra support via groups or communities (whether online or in person). This is truly a great way to gather feedback and experience from others who have also gone through similar launches and situations. It’s of course highly unlikely that you’re the only person to have ever been in the situation you’re in, so why not get a few tips on navigating the waters so that you don’t feel as though you’re going at it solo!
Honestly now … Things aren’t always going to be sunshine and rainbows.
You’re going to make mistakes, things aren’t always going to go as planned, people are going to hinder your creativity, and you’re going to be told by many people that what you’re trying to accomplish simply can’t be done. But they are WRONG! I truly believe that it's our crazy strategies, tactics and mindsets that are going to change the world. Long before the pandemic, we’ve been living in the phase of a start-up renaissance — which is filled to the brim with endless opportunities for anyone and everyone who has a passion alongside a strong idea!
And I’m most certainly not going to sugar coat things … There really is no cookie-cutter way around conquering your fears and building resiliency. There are no real “rules — even though I completely understand it may be more comforting to think so. Every business is different just like every one of us is unique. You just need to find ways that work for you and just go for it!
That being said, launching a new idea, service, or product is exciting but also very scary at the same time. And by no means are we trying to diminish that or say that you should find a way to make that feeling disappear. Own those feelings. What we are trying to convey though is that although it’s scary, here are some ways to help you continue along the journey so that you are able to launch it. Many times, we tend to let fear conquer our ideas to the point where they fall off the side of the desk simply because we couldn’t see a way through. So, by finding and cementing a few ideas into your journey, you will be able to successfully complete launch after launch. And while working through all this and making things happen for yourself, just think of how amazing it will feel to look back a year or two or five from now and see all the wins you’ve had — simply because you didn’t let your self-doubt shut you down. And you gained some resilience.
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We get it, you’re a mom first! But your dream of becoming an entrepreneur is not going away … It wasn’t until recently when people began coming to you with questions or asking you for help that you started to seriously think about starting your own business. You want to start a business, but you worry if you have enough time to balance being an entrepreneur with being a mom. You have a burning desire to build your own empire, but you also have responsibilities.
Well … we completely understand and been there done that. It’s time to take the leap of faith and bet on yourself, beyond life as a mom. Because we don’t want you to do, is one day look back … and wished you’d done things differently. #Balance!
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