Why personal development is a key part of my business success

As business owners, we tend to have no problem spending our money on networking and professional development, but what about taking time (and spending money) on our personal growth? I am not one of those people. Personal development is a very important part of my business success and personal life.

For me, personal development covers several different areas:

  • Mindset is the most important for me: This covers dealing with obstacles head on and overcoming them. We all know that every business has obstacles to deal with. A recent obstacle for me was having a cooking class that nobody had signed up for. Rather than feeling defeated, I remind myself that is okay and evaluate the situation with open eyes. Is it a busy month for my tribe? Did I not get the promotion in front of the right eyes? Is it too soon to worry? Some people are last minute people. Knowing that the other classes were full, I know that this isn’t a matter of lack of interest, but instead could be situational. If I let a negative mindset take over, I can end up missing the learning opportunities that this set back can present me with.
  • Understanding how to deal with different people and personalities: This can be the hardest part of any business.  With my customers, I always cater to their needs and do my best to make them happy. Where my cooking classes are concerned, I always ask attendees what they want to learn ahead of time so I can customize my classes for them.  For my online followers, I ask questions and take their feedback into consideration for future posts, videos and recipe blogs.  I also manage expectations by being upfront with prospective customers about how I work and what I can and cannot offer to avoid any disappointment.  If I feel they are not a fit for me, I let them know, so no one is left with a bad taste in their mouth.
  • Not taking defeat or not reaching my goal personally: I regularly email corporations and businesses to discuss sponsorships, and I often get a No or no response at all.  It can be discouraging, but I do not let it get to me. I keep sending emails. We have all read many biographies of successful people who have failed many times, been said no to many times, had all odds against them and they just kept going and working hard. I will not allow a “no” to stop me either.

Saying it is all well and good, but how do I make this happen?

If you’re wondering where to start with your personal development goals (and I suggest you have some), let me tell you how I like to tackle them:

  • Reading books on personal development. My favourite book is Mastery by Robert Greene.  This book reminds me to pursue and do what you love, what you do naturally and what you have mastered.
  • Surrounding myself with like-minded people helps
  • Self-care and rewarding myself to celebrate the big and small wins. As women, we tend to do everything for everyone else and neglect ourselves.  While I continue to do for others, I always find some time for myself to indulge. This could be a fun read, getting my nails done or just time alone to relax and reflect. Feeling good about myself always helps me feel confident.

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Overwhelmed by the transition to entrepreneurship?

I’ve been there. When I left the corporate and small business worlds to start my own business, I didn’t know what I was in for. I saw other women living lives that I wanted to be mine, and wondered, “How are they doing it?” Knowing something had to give, I totally changed the way I’m running and building my business.

As a mother, blogger, mentor, speaker and business owner, I am used to balancing the demands of many roles. It is hard to “do it all,” and I have learned how to adjust to those expectations. Stick with me and you’ll be diving into your business with fresh eyes and a growth-centered mindset faster than you ever imagined!

It all came to a head in the Fall of 2015. With my daughter’s autism diagnosis and my postpartum depression following my son’s birth, my Spring/Summer that year had been pretty rough. I was feeling pretty kicked around — to say the least. As I was crawling out of the dark and twisty places life had cornered me in that year, I knew that everything had changed.

For many reasons, I couldn’t go back to my corporate life. One of the biggest reasons was that my perspective on how I was going to live my life had changed. A shift had happened. My time away from my children was going to be spent doing things that I was passionate about. Doing things that got me pumped about life. In May of 2016, I went out on my own and started my business. It was great. I was finally doing things that had me pumped about my time away from my kids. I had the flexibility to spend more time with them. At the end of the day, I had the energy to work in my household and my marriage.

But, while I was living my passion and excited about my life again, it wasn’t all sunshine and roses. Previously, I was a teacher, a sales professional, marketing leader and client services manager. By setting clear objectives, I succeeded in each role, even though they were in different industries.

But being an entrepreneur was a whole new world. I felt the loneliness. I had self-doubt. I didn’t know where to start…and I wasn’t the only one in this boat.

Whether I’m out speaking to a room full of female entrepreneurs or leading a workshop, one of the things that I hear over and over again from these amazing women is how great it is to be out from behind their desks and surrounded by a group of like-minded women. And as our conversation continues, it becomes clear that they are looking for a tribe of women that they can connect and collaborate with regularly in an environment that is welcoming, encouraging and safe enough to let their walls down and share. I needed a community like this too. One that encourages fellow members as they conquer fears, overcome obstacles and achieve their dreams. A tribe that leaves me with a new comfort level and the confidence I’m craving to expand my growth and limits — both personally and professionally.

And most importantly, I wanted a place that would offer me more than inspiration. One that would give me the actionable advice, education and mentorship, support and accountability that we all need.

And from these conversations and my own needs, Fempire Builders was born.

You see, it’s not just me. And it’s not just you. We are not alone. And when we come together, it’s a powerful thing. With the Fempire Builders community supporting me and holding me accountable, I have experienced the business growth that previously I had only dreamed about.

Just as it has been for other Fempire Builders, it will be the same for you, too. Wait and see!