I don’t know about you, but when I think of entrepreneurs words like “bold” and “independent” come to mind. But that doesn’t mean that entrepreneurs are immune to some self-doubt, especially when starting your business! Listen, it happens to ALL of us. And it’s okay.
Doubt is something that you really can’t avoid if you’re human. It’s just part of life and it’s natural to feel that way sometimes. I’m sure you often wonder if you’re good enough to succeed or whether or not you’re offering the best possible value to your customers. You might even doubt that you can juggle running and business and your personal life. The trick is not to let it consume you.
To become a successful entrepreneur, you’ve got to kick self-doubt to the curb! It’s all a part of getting your shit together. Once you learn to lessen your doubt, you get that much closer to reaching your business goals. I’m here to help you do just that with real, actionable steps to overcoming your self-doubt.
No one is good at something right out of the gate, okay? It takes time to get your feet wet and start figuring shit out. Please, give yourself a little grace. There’s a lot to learn when starting a business! From legalities, to service and product offerings, to launching a website, it can be overwhelming. So, just focus on enjoying the learning process. After a while, you’ll start to feel like the confident badass that you are.
I think it’s important to note that while you’re setting up your business and learning new things, you need to ignore what others may think. I know that we can get in our heads and worry about what everyone else is thinking as you launch. But, hey! It doesn’t really matter, does it? There’s always going to be another business owner that’s farther along in the process, or has more clients, or is making more money. Comparison sucks! Get it out of your head that you need to keep pace with other entrepreneurs. It’s only going to bring you down and make you doubt yourself more. You know who grows their business and finds success? People who refuse to give up on themselves and keep their head in the game.
Plus, everyone shares their successes. But want to know what people don’t share? Their failures. And when someone succeeds in business, there are often failures that happened first. Which is totally fine! Failure is a learning experience, and will lead to bigger celebrations down the road.
Oh man, do I love vision boards. They’re freaking awesome for creating your vision and leading your brand to success. So, what do you need to do? First, you need to sit down and brainstorm a list of goals you’d like to achieve both in life and in your business. Then, collect a bunch of old magazines and start browsing. When you’re looking through the magazines take note of any images that you find represent your goals. If they do, cut them out! The last step is to arrange all of the pictures you’ve collected into a collage and watch your vision board come to life 😍
Vision boards are a great way to visualize achieving the goals that you’ve set for yourself, and I think they really work. They work because you’ll see your ideal life on the daily, and you’ll prompt yourself to think about it and regularly work toward those goals. By adding visualization into your routine, you will naturally become more motivated over time and more likely to reach the goals that you set.
Your homework for this week (if you so choose to accept, but I think you should!) is to make a vision board and hang it up in your workspace. It’s a fun exercise to do and it will also help you down the road.
Okay, so this is a reallllly important one, you guys. You absolutely have to keep a record of your progress as you build your business. If you’ve ever heard of progress pictures for a fitness journey, this is basically the same concept. After putting in so much hard work at the gym, people can’t really tell a difference because the changes have been slow and steady. BUT, when they see a picture of themselves from 8 weeks prior, the difference is massive.
So, I want you to do that, but with your business. Keep a record of every small achievement and little victory along the way. After 6 months or a year of being in business, you can look back at your records and see how far you’ve come. I promise it’ll feel amazing. It’s a great way to overcome doubt and build up your confidence because you’ll see exactly how much you’ve learned and grown.
Trust me, these steps actually work. If you’re struggling with self-doubt, I encourage you to give them a try. I know that you’ll feel a difference and SEE a difference in your business. Everyone needs time to learn the ropes as an entrepreneur, but you’ll get there!
I’ll be back soon with another blog post to help you become the most badass business owner you can be.
Until next time, friends!