by guest author kathryn hocking
In my Mumpreneur Coaching work one of the biggest things holding my clients back from starting their DREAM businesses is a lack of self-confidence.
They ask me (and themselves):
“can I really do it?” and “what if I fail” or “what will family say?”
Often our sessions centre around breaking through the fear that is holding them back rather than the practical work of defining their business idea or launching their business.
In my own experience taking the leap of faith to create my Mumpreneur business I have found strategies to overcome these fears and regain self-confidence.
1. Positive Mindset
You need to continually tell yourself you can and believe it! By using positive affirmations you can retrain your brain to really believe that you can be successful. Repeat to yourself every day “I build a brilliant business and experience unlimited success” (try doing this in the shower!)
2. Remind yourself of your acheivements
When you really think about everything you have gone through including pregnancy, labour, sleepless nights for months on end, cranky toddlers, sick children, and possibly working at the same time. How can you not be impressed about how capable you are? Give yourself a pat on the back, you are amazing!
3. Follow Your Bliss
If you are truly passionate about your business ideas you will not rest until it is reality, your passion with be truly infectious and you will have people lining up for a piece of it.
4. Base your business around your strengths
If you start a business that plays to your strengths you will have far greater self-confidence because you will feel naturally capable in what you are doing. If you need help to determine your strengths the StrengthsFinder2.0 is a must read.
5. Talk to people about your idea
Talk to potential customers and clients. get their feedback on your idea, find out what their needs are and any suggestions they have. This will help you to build a business concept that is viable which will in-turn increase your self-confidence.
6. Do not compare
you will have competitors. There will be some that have more experience or a better website or more clients. It does not matter. Focus your energies on how you can help people and provide exceptional service.
7. Set small achievable goals
Starting a business may feel extremely daunting but it does not have to happen overnight. Sit down and break this big idea into small manageable chunks that are achievable, specific and exciting! I sit down each day and work out what I can do to move my business one step forward. Over 6 months or a year this adds up to serious progress.
8. Ask yourself – what is the worst that could happen?
You start your own business and it doesn’t become an outstanding success. Is that really time wasted? You will have learnt so many skills that will that help you in future endeavours.
9. Build a support network
Find a network of like-minded Mumpreneurs, female entrepreneurs or micro-business owners to help reduce the isolation. Try looking for a local network, a niche-specific network, or a network organized by one of you favorite business sites.
Kathryn is a Mumpreneur Coach and uses her passion and creativity to inspire, guide and motivate mums to pursue their dream business aspirations. Find her at www.reveriecoaching.com
If you need some help to rebuild your confidence and rediscover your spark and passions please visit Kathryn's e-course Ultimate Self-Confidence for Mums which is open for enrollement.*
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