Business without the Overwhelm
By Beth Schneiter
Let me be honest, starting a business and becoming a mother at the same time opened a can of worms for me. I went from someone who was capable and well thought of in their corporate job to being at home with my baby, starting from scratch, trying to work out who I was now. Owning a business can really bring up all your insecurities that you were able to hide or distract yourself from previously. For most it means spending a lot more time alone, having to put yourself out there to get business and playing every role in your business, which can become overwhelming quickly.
Beating the overwhelm
The question is, can you really own a business without being overwhelmed all the time? My answer is yes, but with a lot of work on your mindset. The biggest part of this journey for me has been accepting that working for yourself is going to bring up all sorts of fears, beliefs and emotions but rather than hiding from them, taking that as an opportunity to grow myself along with my business. Ignoring whatever is coming up for you is a recipe for a stressful ride.
I think many people consider their businesses to be like their babies as they have invested so much of themselves into starting and growing it, but this alone is a mindset we need to change. It can lead to us to putting our own self-worth on the line as we value ourselves depending on how our business is performing. You aren’t your business, there is so much more to you than just that.
Changing your mindset
Here are some tips of areas you can consider changing your mindset to help reduce the overwhelm of running your business:
Get rid of attachments - It is advisable to have a business plan, but we also need to give room for the fact that sometimes everything won’t go according to plan. Having too much attachment to the outcomes in your business or wanting to control every little detail will leave you feeling frazzled. Accept there will be hiccups, however with that comes hidden opportunities for growth;
Know your version of success – A lot of entrepreneurs have come from working for someone else prior to embarking on this adventure. With that comes the employee mindset where we feel we must work hard and climb up a “ladder” to be successful. Take a step back to decide what is important to you, what is your version of success, so your business can fit into this and not become your only means of feeling successful;
Get help - In the beginning it is not always possible to get help with your business however you need to see where you can get support. I found as my little one got bigger, I couldn’t work on my business and be completely present with her, so I decided to invest in care. The key is to see whatever support you are getting as an investment. When you get to the point that you can afford to get help with your business, do it;
Be kind to yourself – Take time out, even if it is just a coffee by yourself for an hour, you don’t need to be a slave to your business;
Check your beliefs – We all have beliefs that can limit us when running a business. Many of us don’t feel good or worthy enough to have success while working for ourselves or without hustling. You need to work on these beliefs as they will not only hold you back in business but also in life.
I would love to hear about your own mindset changes to reduce overwhelm in running a business.
Beth is guest contributor to our blog series Nomads & Conversations: Balance
I’m Beth, owner of Wildflower transformation coaching. I am a transformation and life coach who helps women manage stress, I decided to take the dive into entrepreneurship after working in a stressful environment for many years. After burning out more than once, and falling pregnant with my little one, it was time to make a change.
I have been a proud member of the Nomads & Co. community for a year now and it has been great to have the support of fellow nomads who are also experiencing the rollercoaster of entrepreneurship.