When I first decided to begin my journey of entrepreneurship I did a lot of research…a lot! While it was good to do the research to see what others in my niche were doing, I quickly became overwhelmed by the information I came across and this made me begin to doubt myself. There are so many people who are into web design, branding and clarity coaches that I felt like I was going to be lost in what seemed to be such a saturated world. Soon after doubts began to sink in, I also started comparing my journey to theirs. Some of these gals have been doing what I am doing for 1, 3, 5 or more years. Here I was, a newbie and I thought what do I have to offer? Why would someone work with me instead of the established web designer? Subconsciously this began to affect my confidence to the point where I went through a season where I did nothing to build my business because I believed the lie that I wasn’t good enough, that I wasn’t qualified enough. But through the process, I learned to focus on Joie Design Studio and my ability to work and help those that
1. Find a community
It took talking things out with my sister (that’s why it’s important to have community and a support system), practicing words of affirmation and listening to uplifting podcast and other successful bloggers to focus back on my why. You see, as long as I focused on what others were doing, I robbed myself of the simple fact that I was brave enough to not only think about an idea but to go after it. That in itself honey is worth celebrating. If you’re a new entrepreneur, take this moment to pat yourself in the back, take yourself out on a coffee date and celebrate the fact that you are on the other side of fear and from here on, the possibilities of where you can take your business are endless.
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2. Be Content
Now that you’ve celebrated your accomplishment, rest in the fact that you are enough. I had to be content with the knowledge that I had, my talents and what I was offering to the world. That was enough. That still is enough. Rather than comparing myself to the next web designer who’s been building their business over the past 5 years, I learned to focus on me. You know the saying Rome wasn’t built in one day? Yeah, your competition didn’t start today – comparing yourself to them only robs you of the joy of the journey you are in. Comparison is the thief of joy and a friend of contentment. The easiest way to feel inadequate is to constantly compare yourself to your competition. Now I believe there’s a healthy way to comparison. If it’s pushing you to work harder or if it serves as means for attainable goals, then I strongly encourage that. I look at my competition as “goals”. Those in the same niche as me who are doing better than me, who are launching products, have a strong social media following or high engagement, I admire them and use their success as the springboard for my success. I am happy knowing that there is someone who has gone before me and has attained success which tells me that there is also room for me at the top – so long as I put in the work needed.
So the next time you begin to worry that your competition has gained 5000 more followers, launched another master class or has a consistent community of engaged followers, remember that they too began at the bottom. They worked their way up. Learn to be content with what you have, master the skills you have now and use their success as goals and targets for where you want to be in 3, 6, 9 months.
Have you struggled with contentment in your journey as a blogger or entrepreneur? I want to hear how you overcame and if you’re still struggling, let me know how I can help you.