The three best pieces of advice that I would give to anyone starting a business.
Most of us as entrepreneurs are high-achieving professionals. We have a deep desire to make lasting, positive changes in all areas of our life. Yet, we, like everyone else, often have limiting beliefs or recurring thought patterns holding us back from achieving our fullest potential and goals. Getting to the root of those beliefs and repatterning them to serve our goals better has a tremendous impact on entrepreneurs' growth. Positive thinking, affirmations, setting goals, and training your mind significantly impact how you show up and achieve as a business owner.
Accept failure as part of the process.
My CEO at a former company used to say, "fail forward fast." I thought failure in those days was hard to stomach – then I started my own business. The sooner you realize you will fall on your face 100 times and need to get up 101, the more the process will feel like a flow, not a resistance. Don't be afraid to fail. It is a necessity of the process – I thought at one time I could be the first one to start my own company and not experience failure – oh, how wrong I was. I still fail often and learn a lot through trial and error, yet I know it is all part of making me better.
Be kind to yourself and accept help from others.
Starting a business is one of the hardest things you will do. Self-love and giving yourself grace are essential. Surround yourself with people who remind you of this. If you do not have a support system, who will champion you, reach out, join a group, network, and find people who have gone through this. Like everything else in life, it is always easier to navigate a journey with a guide and someone who has perspective from when they weathered something similar.