Fail My Way to Success

Since the New Year, I think the gravity of the decision I made in June of 2014 is really starting to sink in.

It has been almost 5 months since I left my stable, well paying job to work on the Better Life Project full time.

It has been a whirlwind so far. 

Today, for example, I was in my pyjamas all day. At 7pm I convinced myself that I needed some peanut butter so I went to the shops! But don’t get me wrong because was a good day! I wrote, I created an episode of BLP TV and I answered some emails.

At around 4pm I did, however, become very anxious at the thought of having no formal plans and then I realised that today was the perfect opportunity to relax.

I let myself switch off and I just sat on the couch watching an episode of my favourite Netflix Programme.   

 

I think as a business owner, it’s sometimes hard to just switch off.

But as I am only starting I am conscious to create habits that will support me and not burn me out. 

 

But I still have this gnawing feeling…

So what is it?

I quit my job and I have never been happier - the sparkle that I lost has come back.

That sparkle is my creativity and it is one of my most treasured assets. I love that my job is to create ways to help you using my ideas, words and thoughts. It is so freeing.

But this new freedom comes with a price.

I don’t always get it right.

I can get it so wrong.

I have literally scared clients away! I have gone days without emails or client appointments. I have had nothing in the bank account. I have created some not so great stuff. I have over priced and underpriced. I have spewed word vomit on my Facebook Page. I have worked when I should have played, and played when I should have worked.

 

I am failing my way to success.

But these failures are why I will succeed, so I am not frightened. Failure is a part of my growth and development. 

In psychology it is called a growth mind-set.  In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point.

I don’t avoid anything due to fear of failure and I am no longer worried about what people will think of me. I had to say goodbye to those insecurities when I handed in my notice. I commit 100% to everything and even if something is not perfect I know that it still needs to het out there.  We don't have to be great to start, but we have to start to be great. 

 

I bounce back after any set backs not because I feel like I have to in order to succeed, but because I want to so that I can fulfil my dreams.

I have, over the last few months worked with so many wonderful, passionate and talented women who have wanted to start their own business and follow their own dreams.

I have thought so much about you and how I can continue to help you reignite your sparkle and I hope that this little blog helps you in some way.

A good business plan, cash flow projections and services or products are vital – we all know that! But one thing that we overlook every single day is our self-belief, and how we need to nurture that also. We need to develop a growth mindset and embrace failure. We need to move forward and always remember why we started on this journey in the first place.

 

I started because of you… but I keep going because of me!

I know that might sound incredibly selfish but I don't know how else to put it.  I know I will do something firkin awesome in my future that will change someones life. I won’t stop until i get there. I don’t think you should either.

 

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