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4 Tips for navigating life as an entrepreneur

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Writer, Holistic Nurse Educator & Mama of 4, reminding entrepreneurs and creatives  to care for your health and well-being as you build your businesses and get your work into the world.

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Your vision is undeniable. There’s something you want to share with the world and you’re all in.

You know it’s going to be lots of work and you’re willing to show up for it all. Yet, you still feel a bit unsure about facing the mental and emotional aspects of the journey. The roadblocks, the criticism and the stuff you don’t even know that you don’t know.

Uncertainty doesn’t have to stop you, because you don’t have to know everything in order to get started. Putting your faith in action can help open doors for you to learn what you need to know and create what you’re envisioning.

Your action will also bring you face to face with thoughts, feelings and emotions that you might not be expecting and the confidence you have at the start of your journey may begin to seem like a distant memory.

These things don’t have to stop you either. You can use these newfound experiences to become a better version of yourself and propel your life and work forward.

Entrepreneurship has taught me so much about who I am and what I’m capable of, so I want to share some tips I’ve gathered along the way for navigating life as an entrepreneur.

1. Get Help

Being an entrepreneur doesn’t mean you have to work alone. Asking others to help you in areas that you’re less knowledgeable about, that don’t truly fit your skill set or that you simply don’t have the time for can help you reach your goals faster.

You can also get help from a coach or mentor who has done the work and has accomplished the goals you’re trying to achieve. They can give you insight for navigating the journey and avoiding obstacles that could potentially slow you down.

Getting a therapist or building relationships with other women in business can greatly help you deal with feelings of insecurity, impostor syndrome or incompetence. They’ll understand and help you work through the thoughts and feelings that don’t serve you or help you reach your goals.

2. Take breaks

Building wellness and self-care into your business model and lifestyle are critical to your success. Your business and vision are driven by you, so you have to learn to pause, reflect and refuel so you can have longevity in your life and business.

It’s important to understand that taking breaks will not destroy your business or momentum. It will actually give you more clarity, peace of mind and fuel to continue.

3. Set big and small goals

I’ve found that the expectations of entrepreneurs can be really grand and when you haven’t done the thing your envisioning before, you can underestimate the time it will take you to accomplish.

So write down everything – what you want to accomplish now and in the future. Then create smaller goals that will help you achieve the bigger ones in the future.

The small wins and accomplishments will continue to propel you forward and give you confidence in the work you’re doing.

4. Keep track

As an entrepreneur, you’re usually taking care of an endless to do list, so you may not even realize how much you’ve actually accomplished and how many goals you’ve already achieved. Keeping track will give you something tangible to reflect on so you can see just how far you’ve come as you continue your journey.

These boosts of confidence will help you stay focused. They also give you guidance on the areas you need to work on personally and professionally, so you can do what you need to do to succeed on your journey.

Entrepreneurship opens the door to deepen your discovery of who God created you to be. He’s designed you with all types of treasures, some closer to the surface than others. Use your journey of entrepreneurship to allow these jewels to be revealed and released into the world for the glory of God.

What has entrepreneurship revealed to you about yourself? What do you know you need to work on in order to move forward on your entrepreneurial journey? Tell me in the comments below!

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  1. Alicia says:

    Thank you sharing your insights. As a new entrepreneur, the transition period between having a traditional income generating position and creating my own space with endless possibilities is absolutely terrifying and enjoyable. Having a conscious reminder of what I’ve accomplished so far is a great motivator. Great tip for me to implement along this journey. Thank you

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Tracie Braylock is a holistic nurse educator and writer inspiring you to live well in every area of your life.