Hey there! I hope you have been having a great week.
Today my friend I’m going to be sharing with you some tough lessons that I’ve learned this month.
And to be honest some tears of frustration were shed to get me to the point I am at the moment.
As you may already know, I’m taking on three different challenges at the moment;
- The 100 days of blogging challenge – to improve my writing and find my writing voice
- The Yearlong Shopping ban – to get disciplined with money and save for travelling
- 18 months to financial freedom challenge – to create a business that will help me escape 9 -5 for good
And I’d be lying if I even for a moment pretended to know what the heck I was doing.
This month, in particular, has proven to me just how much I know nothing about.
As much as starting a business is a great idea, the work that goes into to it is not to be taken lightly.
Especially for the fellows working full time like myself.
You have to have a gameplan before you even think of starting a business.
The Lessons & the Wins
1. Your Mind is not your friend
One of the main things I’ve learned this month is that I am my greatest obstacle.
You simply cannot trust yourself to do the right thing.
Because you won’t 100% of the time, believe me.
When it comes to the mind, I’ve learned that it goes deeper than we ever imagined.
I’ll be covering more on mindset as I learn more about it.
2. You Don’t Need To Be Perfect
I started this blog almost a year ago but only started working on it in January.
And in all that time that I wasn’t working on it, I was convincing myself of how I first needed to learn as much as I could.
Spoiler alert: Never has there been a perfect person
You’ll never learn everything that you need to grow your business.
Because things are constantly changing.
An idea you learned years ago will become obsolete in a few years to come.
That’s why it’s important to learn as you go.
Don’t wait to be perfect at writing, just start writing.
3. Start where you are
If you are a beginner like me, start there and work your way up.
Do not fake it till you make it.
That approach is dangerous because you can’t keep up the lie for long.
And to be honest it is tempting but what I’ve learned is that if you hope to run a successful business honesty should be your best policy.
4. Get yourself out there
As a certified introvert, this is one area that I’m working hard to improve.
I wasn’t even on social media until recently.
With an online business, it’s easy to work in your own cocoon and just ignore the world but that plan is flawed.
You have to get out there, meet people, interact and learn what they are doing.
This way you’ll know if you are heading in the right direction and get really great feedback.
Starting today, I’ll be posting every single day without fail.
Either a lesson learned, an interesting tip or a cool resource I find that I believe will be helpful.
The minimum words I’m allowed to post is 500 words, 300 is just too easy haha
And I’m changing the name of the challenge to 100daysof business instead.
I’ll be inviting some ambitious ladies to join in.
Let’s see how it goes.