My Accountability Partner, Bonnie Pond at www.bonniepond.com sent this article to me knowing that I was doing this series on struggling in your business and I wanted to share it with you. The blog is by Jenn Aubert for Showcasing Women titled 11 Things to Stop Struggling Against Your Business. This article touch on some things I’ve touched on in my previous blogs but with a different view. I wanted to wrap up this series with these great tips, because, I found they helped me with a couple of things I was struggling with in my own business and I realized that I’m just going to have to get over it, accept them, and to just work through them :-).
After reading which of the 11 is your biggest struggle? Comments appreciate below. With my motto of Keep It Simple….Keep It Real. I have to admit the one I struggle with the most is #1 – Social Media. I understand that it’s not going anywhere and it’s here to stay so I need to accept and embrace it and find a way to make it work better for me :-D.
Every business has its struggling season, but as solo-entrepreneurs the struggling season appears to be more difficult and more often than most, because we are the be all in our company/businesses!
Stop focusing on the struggle and focus on what it is you want to accomplish. I know this is easier said than done and I know you’re probably saying – this woman must be crazy if she thinks I can do that.
Here are 3 tips on how to accomplish this goal:
List what you want your end goal to be and why?
List what it is that you can do right now to help achieve that goal
Now take one action a day to help you reach that goal.
Yes I know you thought it was going to be mind blowing or rocket science, but it’s not. The best thing is to Keep It Simple Silly (KISS). This is what I have to tell myself ALL the time when I get out of balance and want to give up.
The video below discuss a step to take when you’re not feeling your best and still trying to work your business. After you view the video, I would appreciate your comments below or on the GYP YouTube Channel. Don’t forget to become a subscriber once there to receive future videos. Remember Keep It Simple….Keep It Real!
Now that I’ve gotten your attention with the video here’s more information to bring what I’m saying into a more concrete thought.
In staying true to yourself you have to be authentic and in order to be authentic you have to know what YOUR core values are. If you don’t know what your core values are and what is important to you then it’s going to be hard to be authentic. If a person that you are following online, receiving their newsletters, etc, is not sounding true to you then you don’t need to be following them or their message .
Even it you’re not sure what it is that will fit into your business model, If it doesn’t feel right then it’s not the message for you and that’s one of the ways you can stay true to yourself in your business.
Struggling to make someone else’s message fit your plan doesn’t work and it’s not real. Take information from other people, but make it yours by speaking in your own voice and staying true to your values. Otherwise you run the risk of compromising your values and losing your authentic voices in the process. Speak in your voice, stay true to you, allow yourself to stay authentic without having to apologize for it.
I stay authentic and true to myself by “Keeping It Simple and Keeping It Real” and not everybody agree with or understand that, but those who understand and agree with my motto they’re my followers, they are the ones that go, “hey she’s talking to me.”So stay open, stay authentic, stay true to who you are. Don’t only stay true to who you are, but stay true to your values and there is nothing wrong with your values!!
Not everyone will be part of your Tribe and that’s OK. If you find that you’re defending your values or apologizing for them to someone, they’re probably never going to be part of your Tribe. Don’t waste your time and energy trying to craft messages and material for them or you’ll constantly be struggling. Focus on the people who “get you” because those people ARE your Tribe and don’t worry about the rest. There’s room for everyone and when you stay true to your values and your message, your tribe will find you
At the end of 2015 as I was doing my end of year business assessment I realized that I struggled in my business more than succeeding. I didn’t like the feelings and array of emotions I dealt with and was truly on the verge of giving up, throwing up my hands, and saying forget this. But I realized that struggles will happening and it’s how I deal with those struggles and what actions I take to ease those struggles.
Below is a video I did dealing with this subject and I will be doing a series of videos on this subject that will help those of us that are solo-entrepreneurs to get through this process and make 2016 a better year for us all.
Now that you’ve watched the video, I would appreciate a list of struggles you’ve experienced or is experiencing in your solo-entrepreneur business as to address them in the following video series, input your comments below