Have you ever had a business idea? It comes to you as an inkling, or a flash, and then it continues to grow. You lie in bed at night thinking about this business idea – almost as if it were a real person. You can see what it would look like, and you imagine how having this business would make you feel. You imagine the life you want – and it’s wonderful.
But you didn’t do it! You didn’t start the business! But what’s worse? Someone else did. You know the feeling: “That was MY idea! If only I had acted on it! I know I could have done it… that could be me!…”
Yep. It could have been you, and it should have been, and it would have been amazing – but it wasn’t.
But it’s not the end. Maybe you still have that idea, or you’ve have had more great ideas. If you do or you have, what is stopping you? What is standing in your way?
I want us to chat about this today because believe me: I’ve been there and done that, and all the would-be business mamas I speak to every day tell me the same story. All up, despite all the variations and individual circumstances, the one reason that women don’t follow through on their business idea and begin to live the life they want comes down to one thing, and one thing only.
I know what it’s like to have a business idea or two: I’ve built businesses from zero dollars to millions of dollars, but that doesn’t mean I have some sort of magic wand, or that I don’t have to overcome the same barrier that every woman has to overcome when she thinks about starting a business.
I launched Business Mamas when I was 7 months pregnant with baby number 4. Let me tell you – when I say this was far from ideal, I’m being diplomatic. And of course, life is not perfect. Quite frankly, some days I feel like rocking in the corner with a bottle of red wine! Most days, though, I know that my decision to be a Business Mama is a wonderful solution for my family, my children and me. I can spend time with my kids, and go to as many school meetings as I want to; we get to live in our home by the sea; and every day I get to live out my business dream and make a difference to amazing women like you.
To get from idea to where I am now, I had to overcome the same barrier you have to overcome:
The one thing that will stop you in your tracks and ensure you don’t succeed is a low level of self-belief. Quite simply, if you believe that you will not succeed and don’t have what it takes to start and run a business, you are right!
On the flip side, if you believe in yourself, you are halfway there.
“She believed she could, so she did.”
– R.S. Grey
This may come as a surprise to you, but I am pretty damned ordinary. And the women in business who succeed are real and ordinary people too, just like you and just like me.
This was something I had in mind when we created our 52 Weeks blog. Every week, we showcase a different business mama, making a total of a full year of inspiring examples of business mamas who are out there rocking it! What is revealing about all their stories is that there is no one theme; these successful business women are as diverse as the businesses they have created. They were not the dux of the school, and are not in possession of some sort of extraordinary trait or skill. They are real people – women that we can relate to because they are just like us. They are mums who want to create a life they love.
I am so grateful that I overcame my own self-doubt and negative voices and started Business Mamas. And if I did it, you can do it.
The first step is believing that you can.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll talk about the three ways to overcome this barrier. Join me, won’t you? I have so much I want to share with you!