Sometimes we allow negativity get the better of us. It’s human nature after all. One negative thought or a quick moment of denial can expand like wildfire. The next thing you know, you feel like all your dreams are crushed. It’s those down periods in our life where just feel like we can’t make it. Those beliefs are ultimately what stop you from following your dreams.
In order to prevent that negativity from taking over, we have to identify the first step which is all the lies that we believe. Throughout my career, I’ve come to realize that there are 5 main lies that make up the core of our conscience. I’m talking about the part of the conscience that wants to stop you from doing because it’s convinced you that you’re not good enough.
5 LIES THAT STOP YOU FROM FOLLOWING YOUR DREAMS
I let these lies hold me back for far too long, and I want to stop them from hurting you and your business goals as well! Let’s talk about those 5 common lies and how you can ignore the fuck out of them so you can do what you really want, which is following your dreams!
1. I NEED A DEGREE TO START MY BUSINESS. OTHERWISE, PEOPLE WON'T TAKE ME SERIOUSLY
This is a common lie that people believe because our society has convinced us that the only way we can measure our education is through a flimsy piece of paper called a degree. But I’m here to tell you that the classroom setting can you only teach you so much about the real world. In order to truly understand a business and how it operates, you have to learn by doing. AND fucking up. A LOT. That's ok. The success is in the failure.
There are other requirements for success that don’t require a degree. It all depends on you and what you want to achieve in life.
2. I NEED A LARGE AMOUNT OF MONEY TO INVEST IN ORDER TO HAVE A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS
Not necessarily. I started my first consulting business with literally $75. I purchased a web domain, a WordPress template, hosting and an Etsy logo. $75 was a shit ton of money for me back then when I was just making $550 at my 9-5. There are a variety of ways to start your business without any money. The key is to get creative with your passion. You can monetize anything you truly love. If you love making flower arrangements, create an ebook and sell it to your friends and family so that they can also create their own arrangements.
Your business is going to need a lot of time and attention also. Otherwise, it won’t grow. Nobody ever said following your dreams would be easy, but with a little hard work, it will all pay off! I PROMISE! You ever hear that quote by Karen Lamb that goes, "A year from now you may wish you had started today ."
YOUR TIME IS RIGHT FUCKING NOW.
As a marketing gal, I’ve got to recommend social media! Put the social back in it, and get yourself out there! Facebook groups, Twitter chats, Pinterest boards, and Instagram hashtags are just a few ways to get started with marketing yourself online. Research what you have to do to make these strategies work for your own business venture.
My girl Courtney Sjoberg is a BEAST in the social media game, she has a monthly membership program that I am apart of for a ridiculously low price, that has taught me SO much about growing my social media. [You can check it here]
I was making money from my social media WAY before I was making money with my website. If that is all you can invest in, start there! and NO referring Courtney is not sponsored in any way, I just LOVE her social media programs and they have really helped me grow my brand!
3. I CAN'T RUN A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS BECAUSE I NEVER HAVE IN THE FIRST PLACE
There’s that negativity creeping back up on your again. It can be scary trying something new for the first time. We’ve all been there! Every successful business owner had to start somewhere. And that somewhere was mostly like very, very small.
Educate yourself. You literally have every resource imaginable at your fingertips (assuming you have access to the internet and a computer). In fact, there are plenty of fellow business owners out there that love to educate up and coming entrepreneurs!
4. I CAN'T START A BUSINESS BECAUSE I DON'T HAVE TIME
BULLSHIT. BULLSHIT. BULLSHIT.
Yup, I got to call you out on this one. I hear this EVERYDAY from my clients, family, and friends.
Let me ask you a question: how are you spending your time? Do you work full time and have kids to take care of us? Most business owners do. It’s all about managing your time wisely and putting yourself first.
It all starts with you, babe. Your mental health, spiritual health, and physical health all play a part in how easy things flow to you. Including time.
Like I said previously, nobody ever said it was going to be easy. You might have to sacrifice some recreational activities. Maybe you’ll have to get up earlier in the morning or stay up later at night.
The best advice I can give you is get a planner, get a journal and TIME BLOCK.
Time blocking literally saved my life. I realized how much time I was spending on task because I was distracted or trying to do 30 things at one time and then wonder every day how nothing truly got done. I was running around like a crazy person BUT I wasn't managing my time properly. Now I live by 3 Day workweek and that is all because I time block.
5. NO ONE WILL SUPPORT ME IN MY BUSINESS AND I WILL BE DOING THIS ALONE.
I thought this for SO long. Boss babes that have said something similar. “My family and friends don’t support me. They just don’t get it.” And I totally understand. But guess what? There’s plenty of solopreneurs, mompreneurs, freelancers, and contractors out there that DO get it and want to help support you 100%!
Some of my best friends I have met through my incredible business online.
There are hundreds of online communities that are waiting to welcome you with open arms. All you have to do is find them, introduce yourself, engage with others, and wait for the magic to happen!
If you want to join my home for passion-driven entrepreneurs that have decided success is their only option, click here!
I hope tackling these lies head-on will help you understand that they are all simply in your head. This is your ego and sometimes you have to tell that bitch to chill out. They will only become a reality if you let them. Don’t let those negative thoughts prevent you from following your dreams! At the end of the day, the only thing stopping you is your own lack of action. So get up, make a game plan, and ready, set, go!
What is one thing you are going to implement today to get you one step closer to your goal?
PS. To watch the live training I did this, click here!