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I’m a pretty optimistic person, and generally getting out into the great outdoors and stepping away from the computer screen will do wonders to get me out of a “funk.”
But on other days those mindset gremlins rear their ugly heads and I find them super hard to shake.
I start thinking ...
- There are so many others out there offering the same services/products/program … why should anyone listen to me … why should I bother sharing my work?
- Who am I to teach this? I’m don’t have an MBA. I haven’t been published in Entrepreneur. Am I a fraud?
- Is it worth it? I’m taking time away from my kids, my family, myself when I work on my business. Am I being selfish?
- I don’t have a jet-setting, high-fashion “Instagram-worthy” life. Does anyone care to know the real me?
Can you relate?
I thought so! :)
And let me tell you … there are THOUSANDS of other female entrepreneurs out there that relate too .. JUST LIKE YOU.
Don’t believe me?
I’ve been publishing the #LiveMoreWorkLess blog series over the last couple of months, with a purpose to inspire you, motivate you, and encourage you to re-examine your own definition of business + life success through the sharing of real life entrepreneur stories.
One of the questions I asked the contributors was “What do you find as the biggest struggle in your ongoing quest to build a LIVE MORE WORK LESS business and lifestyle?”
And your openness … your realness … your willingness to share your biggest internal struggles … BLEW ME AWAY!
You told me things like …
“The biggest struggle is always within myself. I hear from all sides that it's not going to work out, that I should focus on getting a 'real' job, and those comments seed doubt that can be difficult to shake.”
You told me ...
“Sometimes I get stuck in that comparison game, looking at my mentors or other female entrepreneurs and feeling like I will never get "there!" I try to stay positive and get out of the "are we there yet mindset."
Ladies, I’m telling you. The struggle is sooooooo real!
And you’re absolutely not alone in the way that you feel.
In today’s BRAND NEW featured blog post in the Live More Work Less blog series, I’m sharing 20 female entrepreneurs' answers to the question regarding what their biggest struggle is as they work towards creating a Life More Work Less business + lifestyle.
QUESTION: What do you find as the biggest struggle in your ongoing quest to build a LIVE MORE, WORKLESS business + lifestyle?
#1 REGINA, mentor to virtual assistants @ www.liveandworkbyfaith.com:
"The biggest struggle is getting caught up in what others think you should be doing to make your business a success. Success is such a personal thing and not a one-size-fits-all."
#2 TANYA, expert on children's development through play @ seemeandliz.com:
"In order to move ahead with my business at a quicker pace I have to put in more hours. But, the reason for starting my business was to be there for family. So I had to choose between either sacrificing time with my family for an unknown period of time, or sacrifice having a booming business after only a year or 2. I choose taking it one day at a time with my business and doing what I can while not giving up time with my family."
#3 JOY, blogger on travel, quilting + homemaking @ www.daysfilledwithjoy.com:
"My biggest struggle is consistency. Because I travel so much I seem to get into a routine, and then I am packing to head off on a plane again. I need to be able to get to a stage where I have enough posts written ahead and a better post schedule so that when I travel I don't suddenly disappear from my blog!"
#4 SARAH, web designer and marketer @ saraheggers.com:
"How to make sure you're not hustling to death to attain your dream of working less."
#5 ANGELA, freelance writer + blogger @ thebloggingblog.co.uk:
"Getting better paying clients in areas that I really want to work in, rather than just anyone who pays me. Confidence in myself."
#6 REBECCA, blogger for law enforcement spouses @ proudpolicewife.com:
"My goal is to help people, but finding the time to do it (like answering all messages) when I only have a certain amount of time each week, pulls at my heart strings. I often carry guilt."
#7 RACHEL, writer for online entrepreneurs @ rachelschroath.com:
"The hardest thing for me is putting myself above work sometimes. There's not always a dollar amount for taking care of yourself like there is for a project. I've made mistakes taking on projects with short deadlines that completely overwhelmed my life and burnt me out from writing at all. Being able to say that my time for passion and self-care is as much or more valuable than taking on more projects is a challenge."
#8 RACHEL, blogger on essential oils + clean living @ theessentialgirl.com:
"The biggest struggle is always within myself. I hear from all sides that it's not going to work out, that I should focus on getting a 'real' job, and those comments seed doubt that can be difficult to shake."
#9 DANISE, productivity coach @ www.busybeecoach.com:
"The hardest part is staying positive when you're not getting the results right away! Sometimes I get stuck in that comparison game, looking at my mentors or other female entrepreneurs and feeling like I will never get "there!" I try to stay positive and get out of the "are we there yet mindset." I try to remember the victories here and NOW! I try to find gratitude in every day and write them down. When times get hard, I pour myself a glass of wine and be gentle with myself! Another struggle are those negative thoughts that we all have as female entrepreneurs! Jack Canfield talks about "ANTS" automatic, negative thoughts in his book, Success Principles. He says to "stomp the ants out" and know that we all have those moments. Successful people are the ones who overcome the thoughts, know that we all have them and keep going!"
#10 VICTORIA, DIY crafty blogger @ dazzlewhilefrazzled.com:
"Time is the biggest. And learning to be okay that I can't get it all done and that it's okay to not be a big as other bloggers who started around the same time."
#11 TENNILLE, virtual assistant to entrepreneurs @ msvirtualmaven.com:
"Not knowing how to do something or failing. I'm a little more comfortable now than I was in the beginning, but it's scary. I'm thankful for my network of online friends and accountability buddies."
#12 NADINE, social media strategist + manager @ nadinerohner.com:
"Being an entrepreneur obviously means you work on your own and you have to get up every morning and motivate yourself. All my friends are in Switzerland in a corporate job and it is sometimes hard to motivate myself to sit down and work even though I love my job. Also all the "boring" stuff like registering your company, doing taxes and invoices are not that much fun."
#13 BRITT, jewelry shop owner @ etsy.com/shop/apheriajewellery:
"People telling me to "get a job" or "go to University" is always difficult to deal with. However once you surround yourself with a circle of positive people that support you, everything starts to make sense."
#14 JULIE, startup marketing manager @ canvasgadget.com:
"Startups take a LOT of time and effort! It sort of feels like front-loading a business - if we put in extra hours now, the hope is that it will pay off in fewer hours needed later. But more hours now doesn't really jive with our desire to spend more time with the kids."
#15 PENELOPE, wedding stationary designer @ www.designinglove.co:
"Hmm apart from wanting more time (I want to work on my business 24/7) :). I struggle with knowing where to put my efforts next to get the best benefits for my business. I am also a perfectionist so letting go and letting my post or images 'be' once live is a lesson I'm learning...but so so excited about how far I've come in just a short while. I love celebrating each my successes no matter how small. I am working through a list of do to's as I continue to define my strategy and set up my foundations."
#16 SARAH, wedding accessories creator @ www.elsaroseboutique.com:
"Feeling that I'm not always giving 100% attention to everything and feeling that I need to do everything at once. I'm a perfectionist and really struggle to leave things if they're not at their best! Working from home and balancing time with a family with household chores etc has been quite tough too so I'm trying to see my work hours as undisturbed work time and leaving chores until later in the day - easier said than done!"
#17 EVA, holistic health + life coach @ www.evaliao.com:
"The self discipline required to follow through with boundaries I have set for myself. Also lack of perspective and experience to know what's most important, and what's work related and what's personal, since the two are so enmeshed."
#18 KATHY, primary education blogger @ Sunshine and Lollipops:
"The most resistance for me is in my head because I know my business could be bigger, but then it would not be what is best for me in my situation. So a struggle is really not to let me business get in the way of my chosen lifestyle."
#19 KARRIE, virtual assistant for women entrepreneurs @ karriemarie.com:
"Trying to be consistent with exercising and unplugging. Because I am a Social Media Manager, I am online A LOT, and I have courses I have bought, so finding time to do that training and implement to grow my business is hard because of time constraints. I love learning so I love to do it and find it hard to unplug."
#20 MARGARET, wealth + selfcare coach @ www.margaretstevens.co:
"Being comfortable with down time. The more systems I put in place, the more "free" time I have. I’m not use to having that down time and it’s been hard to not fill it with mindless tasks."
Are you brave enough to share your own struggles in creating a Live More Work Less Business + Life?
We'd love to hear your TOP STRUGGLE as well in the comments!
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