What if you aren't finding the courage to change your business?
Sometimes a women business owner like you is faced with finding the courage to change her business and doesn’t know what to do first or how to go about it. If you know things need to change you might be thinking any of these thoughts:
- I know I need to change but I'm not sure what changes to make in my business.
- I feel like things in my personal life have changed that are affecting my business.
- I want to change but I know it’s going to make a spouse or family member question me.
- I’m scared that if I make a change I’ll loss my current customer or client base.
One of the big mistakes I see women business owners make is believing that you’ve got to have all the answers before you start to make changes. When you believe that, it’s difficult to find the courage to change because you’re trying to make things perfect – and you know in your gut that making changes to your business is never a perfect path. Yet, you put that pressure on yourself. Or, you might be getting that pressure from a spouse, family member, or friend.
I love this Mark Twain quote, “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.” For us as women business owners, it’s a reminder that part of being courageous means that we take steps toward change even if we don’t know fully what the end result will be.
My clients hear me say this all the time, “All business is an experiment.” There is no certainly, even though we'd like there to be. There is your own courage to try one of your ideas, give it your all, watch the end result, and see if it was successful. That takes courage. If your first attempt in your business doesn’t work as well as you would like it to, you’ve got to find the courage to change things around and try again. This willingness to experiment is the essence of business.
Here are three steps you can take toward finding the courage to change:
- Let go of perfection! Your life and your business will never be perfect. You can be wildly successful without perfection.
- Make a list of the things you don’t like and want to change. This helps you get things out of your head, where you just worry, and in front of you. It helps you get clearer about what you really don’t like in your business right now.
- Pick one thing you are doing in your business that you want to change, and commit to stopping that activity or changing it in some way within the next 7 days. It doesn’t have to be huge. Pick what you think might be the easiest change to make, in fact.
You can find more in this post about making big changes in a small business.
I specialize in working with women entrepreneurs who want to make changes in their business and need help planning those changes out. If you want help in finding the courage to change your business (and sometimes your life) you can schedule time with me here. We’ll sort out the changes you are thinking of making and create the beginnings of a path forward. Suddenly, you’ll feel like you are finding the courage to change.