Becoming An Entrepreneur

i'm Making the leap and
encouraging you to make it too

— August 24, 2016 —


It’s my first blog ever!!! Note that I am a graphic designer, not a writer, so let's just ignore the grammar and spelling (pleeeease). Hold on to your seats, here we go…

So I would like to think that all entrepreneurs have been there… you know the “how can I make this happen?” or “I’m not sure I have what it takes” moment.  How did I make the leap? If you know me, you know that me starting a business is something you didn’t see coming.

It definitely started as a little spark that became a reality. Since the time I was introduced to the graphic design industry, I had a thirst for learning as much as I could so I could eventually apply it to my future company. I knew that even though I was fortunate enough to work with companies that broadened my skill level, I always felt there was something more God wanted me to experience. I read this quote and it hit home for me, “If you don't have big dreams and goals, you'll end up working really hard for someone who does” - unknown.  

But I questioned myself so much. I thought of all the business mistakes I made in the past. Because of that, I thought there was no way I could make it. I thought those thoughts every day until I made the choice to think differently. We have all gone through situations where we wish we could have handled things differently. As my relationship grew with Christ I began to see how my thinking has been totally wrong all along. Instead of being a “Negative Nancy” I made the choice to be a “Positive Polly” — I can’t believe I just wrote that, but I’m totally keeping it HA! I can now officially say that I am beyond grateful for all those “could-of-done-differently” moments. I have learned so much from them!

After self-reflecting long enough, I gained the confidence I needed to begin the process of starting my own business. I dove right in! Designed my brand, built my website, research on top of research — it all felt so natural to me. Still, from time to time doubt enters my mind but I honestly think, “Whelp, I’m too far in now, there’s no turning back.” No, but seriously, it happens and it’s okay… I just keep going.

So if your story is a lot like mine and you need some motivation, below are some tips that have helped me stay afloat through my journey so far:

  1. Make it a habit to pray and ask God to lead you with all your decision-making. I wasn’t doing this at first and that’s when I realized I was hitting walls left and right. As soon as I started making it a habit to pray an overwhelming feeling of peace consumed me. I had a clear mind and was able to make concise decisions.
     
  2. Make an inspirational board. Write down anything that inspires you. My love language is words of affirmation so of course quotes help me to keep on truckin’. Below are some quotes that really inspired me during my transition.

    “Sorrow looks back. Worry looks around. Faith looks up.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

    “Nothing external to you has any power over you.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

     “What if I fall? Oh but my darling, what if you fly?" – Erin Hanson

    “Don’t look back. You’ve already been there." – unknown

    “She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” – Proverbs 31:25

    Jesus replied, "What is impossible with man is possible with God." – Luke 18:27

    “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” - Elizabeth Appell

  3. Surround yourself with people who build you up rather than tear you down. I am so thankful to have such an amazing support system. Truth… my husband was more optimistic than I was about starting this company. He literally showered me with the confidence that I needed to keep me going on a daily basis. In addition to my amazing husband, my family and friends have also been so motivating with all of their words of encouragement.
     
  4. Network and meet new people. I believe everyone was born with a talent, so every person you meet may be extremely valuable to your business. It was important for me to have several mentors I could turn to if I needed help with anything. I believe that some of the most successful people are where they are today due to understanding and acknowledging their own weaknesses. I have weaknesses and I am completely confident knowing that I can turn to someone who can help guide me in an area that isn’t my strong suit.
     
  5. Limit your choices. If you're anything like me, too many choices can be very demotivating. I get so frazzled with too many choices. Ask family or friends to help you make decisions so you can enjoy each step building your business. I love this French proverb I found in Joyce Meyer's book, Overload (which is AMAZING by the way), trop de choix tue le choix (too much choice kills the choice).
     
  6. Make sure you have peace about your business decisions. Look, there are too many decisions you have to make when starting a business. For a whole week I sat down staring at 20 different logos and I began to get confused. If you are stuck on something and you don’t have peace about it STEP BACK. Not only do you need to pray about it, but also I promise you can be doing one of the other 100 things you need to do to start your business.
     
  7. Welcome constructive criticism. If you have the right support system you should welcome constructive criticism. Your support system is very excited for you and just wants to see you succeed. Whether you disagree or not with the critique when it is given, think it over and pray about it. You’d be surprised where some advice may take you.
     
  8. Make a business plan and have fun with it! If you are a “check it off the list” type of person, a business plan will be super motivating. Writing things down and completing a task will automatically hold you accountable. But remember, this is supposed to be a major exciting time in your life. Take one day (and task) at a time and just enjoy every step of the way.

Maybe you are thinking about starting a business or maybe this is touching another topic of your life. Whatever the case may be, I encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and make the leap! If you still need a bit more motivation click here to listen to Steve Harvey’s “Jump” motivational speech… it is that good.

Lastly, we are all in this together and could all use motivational tips. What are some tips that help motivate you?

'til next time ,

Deslonde

 

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