5 Lessons I Learned In 2016

At the end of each year, I like to sit down and reflect on the past twelve months. I am so incredibly grateful for the rollercoaster of entrepreneurship and the following five lessons it taught me this year.

5. Flawless Doesn’t Happen Overnight

The journey to flawless is the point of entrepreneurship. You can’t wake up and be Beyoncé tomorrow. Yes her life is glamorous now but she worked for that. Enjoy the imperfections and progress along the way.

The journey isn’t just about the $ and becoming famous. It’s also about your WHY. If you’re working toward your passion you will start to FEEL flawless and BELIEVE your flawless. Even when you’re struggling to pay your bills because our WHYs are bigger than us.

We are all a bit naive before making the plunge and thankfully so because you don’t have any idea what it’s really going to be like as an entrepreneur. If we all knew the entire picture many of us might not have made the leap and this world would be missing a lot of important influencers.

4. Talking About Yourself Is A Must

Building the confidence is the first step (referencing #5) because you have to feel proud of yourself and what you do before you will feel comfortable enough to talk about it. Also getting in touch with your WHY will help you gain confidence in what you’re doing.

This was a real challenge for me this year. I had a hard time knowing exactly how to tell people what I do. And a lot has shifted about my services and exactly what I offer over the year.

So this ties back to #5 – it takes time; its a journey. Don’t beat yourself up if you stumble over your words a lot or don’t get the elevator pitch perfect the first dozen times. You need to practice to get comfortable and then preach baby preach. Start telling everyone and anyone what you do :)

Also be ready to ask for help. Reach out to all your connections you’ve ever made… which leads us to #3.

3. All Types Of Creatures Come Out Of The Woodwork

I just put a silly sarcastic spin on this title but in all seriousness this one is a freaking life saver.

People are attracted to people living out their dreams and conquering fears. That is why you need to TALK ABOUT YOURSELF (#4) so that you can gain all the support available. #ThankYouSocialMedia

I’ve had people I haven’t talked to in years come out and give me shout outs, share my stuff and tell their friends about what I’m doing. I’ve had people that maybe I’ve only had one or two meaningful connections with tell me how inspiring I am to them.

Connections are connections and people telling others about what you do is never a bad thing. Get ready to reconnect with old friends colleagues and acquaintances – it’s really humbling and special. And don’t be afraid to take people up on their offers or ask them to help you.

2. #Blessed

Be grateful everyday. This will not be easy because life as a small business owner is not a walk in the park. But remember this – you chose the entrepreneur life. Take responsibility for the decision you made and be happy about it. Don’t lie to yourself or other but be grateful and be positive.

Realizing how many people support you and admire what you are doing really helps you to keep going on hard days. Remember all those who have encouraged you and been there for you (right #3) no matter how big or small.

1. Do Anything And Everything To Make Progress And Stay Sane

It is all about mindset. As an entrepreneur your mindset is apart of your job so make sure you are working just as hard on that as you are on your budget.

We as humans have the ability to talk ourselves into crazy circles and make ourselves feel worthless. When it’s just you, yourself and you in your business with no distractions that loop can become very repetitive.

You must find what keeps you sane and keeps you moving forward. For me it’s getting coached, journaling, meditating, barre3 workouts, working part time at the barre3 studio, having a team, making time for friends and family…

Just keep moving and doing. Life and entrepreneurship isn’t about perfection it’s about progress. If you don’t do anything you’ll never learn. Reframe the idea of failure into feedback. Use the feedback to be better the next time and the next time.

Now, tell me, what did you learn this year?

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