A couple of weeks ago as I was getting ready to head out the door for a local craft show, I was a little antsy, wondering if I had dotted all the “i’s” and crossed all the “t’s”. I suddenly stopped and thought “take a breath, this is all you. You don’t answer to anyone, no one will be there telling you that you didn’t do something, that the set up isn’t right, that you brought the wrong things… no one will be second guessing you”.
One of the things that was a little scary when I started my own business was wondering (with the exception of my wonderful husband) how will I get support, who is going to tell me I’m doing a great job (not that all of my bosses in the corporate world were any good at this, but a girl can dream). It turns out that a lot of people cheer you on. My husband is my biggest supporter, always encouraging me, telling me that he is so proud of me. My family and friends are also supportive and my customers give me fantastic feedback.
I also belong to a wonderful group, Indie Business Network (IBN), and the leader of that group is so positive and full of wisdom. I get lots of encouragement and feedback from being on IBN’s FB page and especially when I am participating in a challenge like the “30 day blog challenge” that I am currently a part of. A couple of nights ago I was doing a final check on FB to see if I had any comments or “likes” on my recent blog post, and there was a video message to the IBN group from the leader/founder, Donna Maria. It was titled “completely unrehearsed and from my heart”. She was telling all of us in the community how proud she is of us and how much we are contributing and to keep on moving forward, that people ARE listening. I was overwhelmed by emotion. Only once in my years of working for someone else, have I had someone care so much and give so much genuine praise (Angela, I’m talking to you!). I don’t work for Donna Maria, I work for myself, but her words of encourage meant so much to me, like that favorite teacher I had in school (RIP Mr. Waters), or my favorite boss ever (again Angela, this is YOU) and I want to make her proud.
I remember setting goals and objectives in the corporate world and thinking that in reality the end goal was to make the company money. When I am setting goals and objectives for my business, it is all about the customers and me! When I am working late at night on handwriting the scents on the hang tags for the jars, or entering the email addresses of new people who signed up for our newsletter at a craft show, I am happy to be moving my company forward. None of it feels like “work”, it all feels like progress.
I am sharing all of this with you, to let you know, that whatever you put your mind to, you can do it! If you have chosen a path that is a little out of the ordinary, like starting your own business, being the person who is responsible for something, you CAN find people to encourage and lift you up!
I’d love to hear who inspires, cheers you on, and supports you!
Keep reaching for your dreams!