I can’t believe it’s been a year already since I quit corporate life and took the plunge (head first) into the unknown. Armed with only my new found courage from NLP, Richard Branson’s ‘Screw it Just Do It’, my idea for a business AND most importantly my passion and excitement to do something new! Did I have a business plan? Hell no!
I remember last February when the idea to quit my day job started to become a waking dream, I was asked ‘So what exactly do you want to do?’ And out came the immediate reply, ‘I want to help people help themselves’. I got a raised eyebrow and a ‘are you being serious’ look. I knew there were many of those to come… so all I did was smile. I had my idea, it was mine, my own.
I hadn’t had a name for my business just yet. I knew it had to be something encouraging, like, being the best you can be, living life’s full potential, being what you were meant to … and then finally it just came, Simply Be! I was so excited I just went with it..
When I worked at Standard Chartered I did a Strength Finder analysis and my top two strengths came out as Achiever and Activator. So basically when I have an idea, I have to go with it. I feel it in my gut, I feel in my heart and then I just go for it. I don’t see anything but the goal I’ve set out. So here I was … domain name, email address and business card (after loads of scribbles and drafts) in hand. What next?
Well, there were many people around me who questioned and re-questioned my decision to leave a successful career. There were many negative comments and some down right snickering as well. Was it hard? Oh yes. Some self doubts did creep in some nights… but my heart was set. And I always follow my heart (that’s what got me to Dubai in the first place!)
And then things started to happen… happen so very fast… I was spinning..
So here’s how I focused on and achieved my year 1 goals!
I surrounded myself with friends I knew I could count on. People who believed in my idea, my dream and cheered me on. People I knew would support me even if thing’s didn’t go as planned… and most of all people I could have a laugh with, who’d laugh with me rather than at me!
Opened my heart and mind. I believed in the best of people. I reached out to other women entrepreneurs and asked for advice. ‘Are you free for a cuppa and chat’ I said. 90% of them I didn’t know! 90% of those responded and gave me some great advice. I asked for help humbly and I got it.
I said YES. If someone asked me for my time, or asked to come along to networking session or try something new or meet new people or discuss an idea or just meet for chat … I SAID YES. It was incredible. Suddenly new doors were opening up all around me. New opportunities at every turn. I was crazy busy just meeting interesting and amazing people.
I said NO. If something or someone just didn’t feel right to me or if I was over committing … I SAID NO. That’s the beauty of being your own boss. Saying no is so powerful and it really is the first step to being true to you.
Learning on the go… I had no idea what social media was. I wasn’t even on Facebook. I learnt everything from twitter to Pintrest to instagram just by asking questions and giving it shot. Always learning, trial and error, not taking things too seriously and just having fun with it.
And finally being true to who I am. Whenever self-doubt kicks in and things are not moving fast enough, or I am frustrated, I remember those wise words from the HELP. ‘You is Kind, You is Smart, You is Important.’ I take a step back and remember why I started this in the first place. I write and post things that really matter to me that inspire and motivate and help. And also realising that Facebook likes and followers don’t really have to matter, as long as I do what I do and I do it well.
Well, the world has it distractions and it’s easy to get swept away in all the confusion. Staying focused is going back to basics. To remembering why you do what you do. What really fuels that passion and what gives you most happiness. To me it is that moment when my client has found a lost confidence, when someone tells me I’ve helped change their life, or when a client just calls to say thank you because she can finally just Simply Be.
To you .. Straight from the heart. Thank you for a wonderful 1st year.
Hope you enjoyed the read. x