Yvonne Ellis

 


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My Entrepreneur Journey

My entrepreneur journey has been a lesson in self –development. It has resulted in unknown and challenging situations. In this post, I share with you five things I identified on my transformation journey from leaving traditional employment to becoming a full-time entrepreneur.

Excitement

I distinctly remember waking up the day after I left my job, I was excited. It was a huge weight off my shoulders to finally make the decision. More importantly, I was excited at the prospect of creating new things. Creativity has been the essential motivator that has kept me going on my journey to shaping the vision of my company YEME Empowerment.

Realisation

I was running off the adrenalin of the excitement. My confidence was running high and my self-belief was unbelievable. The realisation that I was really living the life of an entrepreneur suddenly hit me. I was not mentally prepared for how tough it would be financially in the first year. It was the right decision to leave my job, a window of opportunity moment that I had to take. It was a scary realisation. I was now in charge of making choices that would help shape my destiny.

Doubt

I worried about things outside of my control but I did not doubt my ability to accomplish my goals or that I would achieve my vision. I chose to let go of the fear and I pushed forward one day at a time.

Mindset 2.0.

I spent twenty-three years mentally conditioned by working in the traditional paid employment system and it shaped the way I lived and thought about my life. I am unlearning habits and behaviours associated with my previous way of living. It has been a freeing experience that has helped me grow mentally.

My journey to finding my way has brought clarity. I started out I had an outline of what I believed it would take to build my vision. The reality was I had to adjust my methods to achieve it.

Clarity

Because I took courage and embraced risk I have seen great outcomes in my endeavours but the entrepreneur journey is not for the faint-hearted. It has taught me perseverance, resilience and patience.

I believe I can go the distance on my entrepreneur journey because I have a solution to a problem. I also have passion and inspiration. That is the fuel and strength I need to see things through.

Dealing with Discouragement

I went through a period of discouragement this year. I lacked focus, I was inconsistent in doing things that I had planned and I second-guessed myself. After much reflection, I identified the reason why I felt discouraged; unmet  (and unrealistic) expectations, fatigue and focusing on things outside of my control.

As a new entrepreneur sixteen months into a new way of life, I have discovered that discouragement is part and parcel of the journey into the unknown. It is very difficult when you are doing things you have not done before. It can leave you wondering if you are on the right track, especially when you are on such an individual journey. Yes, there are some things that entrepreneurs commonly experience, but each journey is personal.

It is important to recognise the signs of discouragement because it can lead to negative thoughts. I was able to see the positive in my experience and I became a stronger and more resilient woman. I want to share with you 3 things that helped me get my groove back.

Rest

I am building a new business, I am a Wife and Mother, Founder of a charitable organisation, and many other things. I juggle many different balls and work long hours in between working for clients and managing my home. It is very easy to always be on the go, bouncing from one task to the next. I have found this not a productive thing to do. A change is as good as a rest as they say. Now when I am tired or worn down I am not afraid to say “this can wait”. It is amazing how taking rest can refresh your mind; It gave me a different perspective on things.

Focus on the positive

What I found helpful was reminiscing on my achievements and this encouraged me because at one point they seemed impossible. This helped me refocus on my long-term vision and goals. I made time each day to engage in activities that I love. This helped me to feel encouraged again.

Letting go

One of the biggest contributors to my season of discouragement was focusing on things outside of my control. It is very easy to think that you have to be in control of everything as an entrepreneur. It is true that I have a certain responsibility to “make things happen”. I am only in charge to an extent. I have learned to let go and let God.

There is always something to learn from all experiences. Discouragement “shall pass”. Do not give up. Recognise it for what it is, part of a process to building you.

Keep Plodding on