As I write this, I am sitting in Musanze, Rwanda in the middle of 100 women carding wool, dying wool, spinning wool, knitting wool and laughing with pure joy. I love that I get to be a part of other people’s stories and see the beautiful work that is happening all over the world.
Entrepreneurship is a journey and my favorite part of this long, enduring journey is being able to sit with another fellow entrepreneur who understands not only the joys of certain accomplishments, but also the hardships that it took to potentially get to that point of time. The road is not easy and it never will be especially when you are following your passion project and fighting the good fight.
The good fight though, is worth every tear, heartache and sleepless night.
When moments get hard, I close my eyes and remember what once was and I meditate and vision on what will be. I do not let the world take away my joy and I encourage you to not let that happen to you either. The world is rough and likes to knock you down, so here are my tips for you when you have one of those days that you are not sure where the strength will come from to just keep on going. Here is to you, picking yourself up and taking that first step forward to keep going.
1. Take time away from the problem
Whatever the problem is, take yourself out of it. Most of the time our problem is encompassed with cash flow hindrance, staff problems or feeling the weight of not knowing what’s next. Wherever you are and whatever is consuming your mind – take yourself out of it. This will be hard, but give yourself time to not think about any of it. I do not have a clear picture of how to do this because your mind will want to bring you back to the root of the problem, but try your best. As Jennie Allen says, “the biggest battlefield is between our ears.” Let us learn together how to step out of that and get out of our heads.
2. Breathe and reflect on how far you have come
Wherever you may be, you came from somewhere. Know that and be proud of that. Celebrate in your accomplishments and reflect on the humble beginnings. Even look in the mirror and say it aloud, “I am so proud of you.” Stop forgetting where you began and embrace the moments that have shaped you to be you.
3. Meditate and vision for the future
Even in the midst of hardship, do not stop dreaming. Pull yourself out of the negative head space and meditate on where you see yourself going. Let your passion drive your visions and do not let the world steal away your joy, vision, creativity and innovation. As soon as we get overwhelmed with stress or start to question with “what if’s”, we forget to problem solve or be critical thinkers. Please do not forget to dream even in the midst of adversity. You got this friend.
4. When you are ready, bring people you trust in your circle and share with them your realities.
This one is a little bit harder because this takes vulnerability and an immense amount of trust to let people in, but stop pretending. Know that it is okay to not have it all together. It is completely okay to still be in process. Start to share with people you trust your burdens and let them walk alongside you. These people will be your tribe to encourage you, challenge you and help you stand up, rise and take that next step.
5. Pray + Be still.
AND most importantly. Pray and be still. However that may look to you, know you are loved and made perfectly in His image. Pray, be still and let him continue to transform you from the inside out.
From your in-process entrepreneur who is sharing in your journey – I am here for you,