Your Ideas Deserve Time – Moving Through the Unexpected
If you’re someone who dreams big (like me!) and is easily disappointed when those dreams don’t come to fruition overnight (also like me sometimes — but not anymore!), then this special blog post is for you.
We aren’t sure when or how this started, but the notion that “you’re a failure” when you don’t achieve quick success is painstakingly out of touch, and such an unnecessary blow to the ego.
In this day and age as busy #mompreneurs, we have oh so much already on our plate outside of our business(es). So, why do we continue to be so hard on ourselves when our businesses don’t make $1M overnight?
Well, partly because that’s how we’ve trained our mindset. And how society deems we should think about our success — as overnight when that’s really not the way things roll in reality. That if we aren’t an “instant success” — we’re a failure.
Year after year, we make goals for ourselves and our business and say, “This will be the year!” in excitement. And year after year, we continue to re-add those same goals because they haven’t yet been achieved.
But that’s how it’s supposed to go. Success isn’t grown overnight. It takes a lot of hard work, nurturing, dedication, and self-growth to actualize success (in whichever way you choose to define it). It’s easy to compare the idea of success to a fruit tree: the seed needs to be planted, watered, nurtured, and given time to grow. The fruit is actually the last part of the process. So maybe you just haven’t fully completed your process yet.
We are strong believers in that things happen in their right time, and we remind ourselves of that often when certain things (products, services, promotions, etc.) aren’t performing as well as we wanted early on in the process. It’s just not the right time.
Your ideas, dreams and goals — no matter the size — deserve your time, focus and energy to fully think them through to discover if they are the right ones for you. In having regular mindset and brain dump sessions, often we discover we haven’t actually thought big enough about an idea and we come up with a new dream to work towards.
Let’s revisit the fruit tree analogy for a moment …
- Plant the seed: these would be regular brain dump or mindset sessions, where you write down every idea that comes to mind, lightly exploring them if something critical comes to mind. Allow your mind to wander and explore its creativity, as you might be surprised in some of the things it generates!
- Nurture, Part 1: reflect on the ideas that came out during the first part and rule out any that really don’t align with your business or are completely unrealistic for you. This doesn’t mean exclude any that seem “out of reach” or difficult to achieve – those might actually be your best ideas. Next, list out the ideas and group them together if there are any commonalities. Then one by one, go through them and explore further ideas that come to mind.
- Water: Once you have your second round of exploration, dive even deeper and really think about what that idea means and how you can make it a reality. We suggest only looking at 1 to 2 ideas at a time as we really want you to focus in on the details.
- Watch it grow: begin implementing your plan and watch it develop into what you envisioned. Is it looking exactly like how you imagined? If not, do you want to change it so that it does? If not, why? Do you foresee any roadblocks ahead or is it smooth sailing?
- Nurture, Part 2: keep working on these ideas and helping them move along. By staying consistent and present in them, you’ll always have a pulse on where it’s heading and how it’s being responded to. Continue to watch it grow and have patience, resting assured that by growth, success will come.
- Reap the rewards: with continued patience and attention you will see success from your efforts. Keep in mind that success looks different to everyone and that depending on what your goal is, this success might be a steppingstone in a larger vision.
All good things take time to grow.
Patience is absolute key when it comes to bringing forth a new idea or product. It can absolutely seem frustrating and that you’re a failure when it’s “taking too long”. Most don’t stick it out long enough to see success, though, so don’t compare yourself to someone else’s journey. We’re each unique individuals bringing something new to the table — and we’re here to support you!
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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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