When I first launched my business I spent an embarrassing amount of money trying to learn the magic strategy to make money online. I thought I just needed to learn the secrets to creating and running an online business and my blog would take off. In my mind as soon as I nailed down this magic recipe I would be rolling in passive income.
Needless to say, that’s not how it went down and I learned some humbling truths about business on my journey to becoming a fulltime blogger.
I wanted to take a few minutes and share some of the lessons I’ve learned with you. If you want to hear more be sure to check out my interview on the Lauren of Love Podcast.
Like I said, I spent a lot of time trying to hunt down the magical Instagram formula or secret Facebook strategy that was going to make my blog successful. It took me a long time to figure out that my mindset was actually just as important as the strategy. I’m so passionate about what we are creating in VIP Supported because members get strategy AND mindset training. It took me a long time to get my mindset right. The truth is when I started my content kind of sucked. I wasn’t confident and I was always kind of hiding online. For a long time, I didn’t even have my picture or name on my blog and I spent a long-time writing as an anonymous blogger. When I started working on my mindset and started to have the confidence to share my stories openly and honestly online everything began to shift for me. It really doesn’t matter how much strategy you have if your mindset is weak your content will be weak too.
For a long time, I was always chasing work-life balance. I felt constant pressure to be growing my business, expanding my relationships, working on my health and fitness and deepening my spiritual practice. I believed that work-life balance meant all of these things should take equal priority all the time and all of them needed to be a priority. Once I finally embraced that I work best in seasons I started to find a lot more harmony in my life and make more progress in my business. I have found that I feel most in flow when I really focus on improving one area of my life at a time. For example, I’ll be in a season of working really hard on my business and that will be my main number one priority. During this season I still workout, spend time with my friends and family and do my daily spiritual practices. However, these areas are not my priority and I don’t worry about improving those areas of my life. This is how I’ve been able to find work-life balance but I think it can look a lot different for different people. It’s important not to try and make yourself work the way other people work if it doesn’t feel good to you.
When I first started my business I felt like I always needed to have a business coach to tell me what to do next in my business. I was scared to trust myself or to make any decisions on my own. Anytime I’ve ever made a bad decision in my business I always knew in my heart that it wasn’t the right next step for me. The thing is, no business coach is ever going to know my business, message, truth and heart the way I do. I still take advice from business coaches but I also see the value in my own unique perspective as the person who built and runs my business. Learning how to trust myself has been a long and difficult process but it has also brought me a lot of success in my business. I’ve found that the faster I’m able to make decisions the better off I am. The periods where I’m not growing are usually periods where I am stuck and putting off making a choice. Trusting myself means I am able to make decisions fast which keeps the momentum going in my business and allows me to continue to grow.