Creating a Business isn’t about Money;
It’s About Transformation.
When I started my business two years ago, it was about money.
I was tired of feeling like all I did was work and that wasn’t guarenteeing that I’d have enough to pay my bills.
I needed a way to make more money and this business was my plan to make that happen.
I had been working at a job that was making me miserable ( I cried in the shower at least once a week).
To make things worse, it was no longer paying all my bills.
My hours had been cut, I had gone through almost all my savings and had maxed out my credit cards (which was impressive, because before this I had good credit).
I had gone on countless interviews for jobs I didn’t want.
And surprise, surprise I didn’t get those either.
I was desperate.
I needed money!
Something had to change.
People thought I was crazy.
They thought it’d never work.
A lot of them thought it was a scam, but I did it anyways.
I found a company that had proven themselves.
It had a system that worked.
People with stories similar to mine were bringing home an income.
So with no experience, I started studying their training and (I did the scariest thing in the world to me) I started Blogging.
What happened next I really wasn’t prepared for.
The transformation sneaks up on you.
It starts with small mindset things.
Starting a business is work.
First you discover how strong and brave you are.
You are putting yourself out there and that’s a super vulnerable feeling (one I wasn’t comfortable with), but you do it and it becomes comfortable.
Somewhere in there is a shift from “I hope I can do this” to “I can do this!!”
I had spent so much of my life settling that I had no clue what I liked or actually wanted.
It was so bad that I had a hard time choosing where to go out to eat, because what if (mortifying) someone didn’t like my choice.
I put everyone’s wants before mine.
My business self started rubbing off on the rest of me.
Suddenly, I was important to me.
If I wanted steak or Chinese, I’d let it be known (they did ask me what I WANTED).
If I didn’t want to go out and meet friends because I was having ME TIME, that was ok.
I didn’t feel like I had to make up an acceptable excuse.
My friends and family started to realize that if they asked for my opinion, it wasn’t going to be “whatever you want” it was going to be my opinion.
Now I have no problem letting people know what I want and I know that I deserve those things.
The clarity and decisiveness I needed to have in my business began to overflow into every area of my life.
I have high standards in my business and now I’m okay with having those same standards in every area of my life.
I started with a vision and goals for my business and now I have those for my life.
If something isn’t moving me closer to those things, it goes. No appologies, no drama, it just does.
Then comes the decluttering.
I got rid of so many things that weren’t making me happy, I had just kept them because I had had them for so long.
Now I’m surrounded by things that I love or that inspire me.
The lightness and growth that one act brought me was amazing.
The people you begin to associate with is a transformation in itself.
Before starting my business, I never noticed all the negativity I had surrounded myself with.
Everyone complained about their jobs.
Everyone complained about their money (or lack of), they complained about the people around them, it was kind of like we complained about everything because it created a bond.
Now I have met so many entrepreneurs, creatives, coaches, I could go on for days.
My circle is so expansive.
I’m surrounded by people who radiate positivity.
People that support my vision and can help me when I get stuck, because they’ve been there.
They have resources they’re glad to share.
Unlike traditional jobs where there’s limited room for growth, entrepreneurs know that there’s plenty for everyone.
There is no me versus them.
Finally, your lifestyle transforms.
I’ve gotten healthier, my relationships are better, and I give off a different vibe.
I used to LIVE on Diet Coke, but I haven’t bought any in over six months.
Now, I prefer water and smoothies (never thought I’d say that) I’ve cut down on the processed food.
That’s still a work in progress.
One of my favorite things is I’ve started doing cleanses.
Not the dreaded kind you hear about where people are starving and cranky, but ones that are filled with delicious recipes and yumminess in general (the kind where other people are jealous of what you’re eating).
I still haven’t become a gym person, but I’m doing yoga and I’m a lot more active.
There’s a lot less animosity in my life.
Maybe it’s because I’ve learned to forgive (when you forgive, you’re not stuck in the past) or maybe it’s because things don’t trigger me like they used to (I’m not so quick to take anything personally), or maybe it’s just because I’ve changed (I hear that a lot).
Whatever the reason, I’m so thankful for it.
I hear a lot about how I’ve changed.
I get “You seem so much happier.”
Honestly, I am.
I don’t wake up with that sense of dread.
I don’t cry in the shower because I have no idea how I’m going to pay my bills.
I’m more confident.
I’m more me (I’m figuring out who that is and I’m nowhere near done growing) and I like me (couldn’t say that before).
I started my business because I needed a way to make money, but my payoff has become so much more than just an income.
My world has transformed into something I never thought was possible and I’m so incredibly lucky to be able help others do the same thing.
Even if I had never made a dime, I wouldn’t trade this journey for anything, because I’ve learned I can make any dream my reality and this is just the beginning.
~ Article by Andrea Richie of Real Life Perfect.com ~
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