Starting a business is exhilarating. You get to call the shots. Decide what to focus on. Be creative. Express your own ideas and make them happen.
Whilst that’s super exciting, if you’re not careful, your fear and self-doubt can stop you from even exploring the idea.
The first year of The Neon Life Society was awesome. There were highs. There were lows. All of the experiences taught me so much and I want to share these lessons with you today.
Mastering Your Mindset Is Essential
My mentor told me that starting my own business would be the best personal development course I could ever take.
And boy was she right!
It is so easy to concede to that inner critic, which can tell you you’re not good enough, don’t have what it takes, are crazy (or whatever yours tells you).
If you listen to that voice it will stop you in your tracks.
Being conscious of that fear and moving forward takes work but it is oh so worth it.
Key Takeaway: Don’t let your inner critic stop you from going after what you want. Stay true to your vision and make it happen, no matter what.
It can be lonely and it’s important to build up a network
For the most part I sit behind my computer working, coaching, writing and creating. A handful of my clients I meet in person here in Hong Kong but for the most part I’m behind my desk.
It can get lonely however I counter that by developing relationships with my course mates, colleagues and clients. Even though I may not always be connecting in person, those connections via Skype are sacred to me.
Key Takeaway: Take the time to cultivate relationships in your business. Whilst you’re at it find the people you can be vulnerable with and share what’s happening for you.
There is more than enough to go around
Coming from a corporate background I came from a limited mindset. When I was negotiating real estate deals it was about getting the best deal and “winning” whilst the other person “lost.”
In business I’ve come to appreciate that everyone has different tastes and needs and that there are different strokes for different folks.
All I can do is be specific on who I want to serve and focus on serving that group really well. If they prefer someone else’s style that’s perfectly OK. I trust and know that my people will show up.
Key Takeaway: Stop focusing on the competition and focus on what I can do really well and how I can best serve my own audience.
Clarity is key
This one is huge.
When you are clear, that’s when you can take powerful and massive action in the right direction.
It’s the fuzziness of indecision, which can stop us in our tracks. I’m notoriously indecisive and the past year has been a lesson in going with making the best decision I know to make in the moment and trusting that.
Key Takeaway: Do what it takes to find clarity and then make a decision. Don’t sweat the small stuff!
I don’t have to (and don’t want to) do it alone
I’ve invested significantly both in my education and my business.
I remember when I first signed up for my business and coaching certification program, I was squeamish about spending so much money on myself.
I thought to myself:
- I can find this information on the internet
- I know how to figure this out myself
- I don’t need to spend this money
Whilst that was all true – deep down I had a strong and burning desire to get my business up and running and knew that investing in learning from someone who had walked the path I wanted to walk, was the surest and fastest way to get there.
I accepted that getting support was OK. I didn’t have to do it alone.
I shudder to think where I would be today had I not made the leap and am so grateful for all the value I got from the program. The value far outweighed the price I paid.
Key Takeaway: You are your best investment and you don’t have to do it on your own.
How about you?
Are you thinking about starting a business?
What lessons can you learn from my first year of business?
Leave a comment below with your favourite lesson and takeaway.
If you haven’t already, I’d be super grateful if you could spare 2 minutes to answer this super short survey on starting your own business.
You’ve got this!
Wishing you a great weekend.
P.S. I’d love to know more about your (potential) business idea. Could you please spare 2 minutes to fill out this short survey?