Love Yourself in the Process
Entrepreneurship is tough. Coming up with an idea, figuring out how to make money from it, and managing life responsibilities in the midst of it all can be a circus. Sometimes things drop or get overlooked in the process making it super easy to find frustration knocking at your front door. See if this sounds familiar. The more frustrated you become, the more you want resolution so you either push forward at full steam forsaking other responsibilities, or come to a complete stop. Feeling lost or disenchanted with the process of entrepreneurship can be relatively normal. The goal is balance or harmony, and that takes time. In the inbetween, learn to love yourself in the process. Not just love the process, but love the person you are becoming through the process.
Paring down extemporaneous things can be liberating and give you some much needed space for you. Things you don’t want anymore that still capture some semblance of valuable time from your life have to go. Simply - you don’t have time! Building your entrepreneurial dream requires the kind of attention you give a newborn baby. The more time you spend on distractions - things that take away from your dreams - the less you can be available to nurture your baby.
Spend Time on Yourself
Allow space in your schedule for you every week. The idea that you have to work 24/7 to build a brand is a trap. Even that mentality imprisons you to a never ending cycle where you - the person doing the building - never has any time to do anything but work! Don’t get mixed up. You and the things that interest you are not distractions. You are not a waste of time. Give yourself the opportunity to refresh.
Allow Yourself Breathing Room
Deadlines can sometimes be the entrepreneurs enemy. Particularly when you are just getting started, it is easy to overestimate or underestimate. When it comes to setting dates, consider building in an extra day, two days, or a week. Especially for the dates you set for yourself. Why? For your own semblance of peace. At times, the worst enemy we have is our own voice. Particularly in moments when failure feels like the outcome for whatever we set out to accomplish. Building the grace period in sets you up for more success. Even if things don’t turn out as you have planned, remember, tomorrow is coming.
My favorite affirmation when I feel stuck or out of sorts is: Whatever I need is already here, and it is all for my highest good.
Mind What you Tell Yourself
There is a voice always at work inside your mind. Telling you what to think of you. When was the last time you checked in to see what that voice is saying? Are they critical things? Doubting things? When you are building dreams, that voice of self assessment can easily become the voice of self doubt or criticism. Check frequently what you are thinking about yourself. Work to replace negative, doubtful, or critical thoughts with loving words. Take the same care with others as you do yourself and vise versa.
Open Yourself to New Experiences
As you learn to love yourself in this process of becoming the new, dream centered version of you, new experiences are going to come. You may find the things that used to interest you no longer do. That is ok. There are plenty of new things for you to uncover in the world. Be open to experimentation to discover things the new you loves to do and experience.
Whatever your process toward discovering your calling ends up looking like, remember you are a person worthy of love called by God to your big dream. You are worthy of being loved and cared for by you first.
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