A business isn’t really a business if it doesn’t have customers, followers, the ability to support itself and growth right? It can be kind of confusing for an entrepreneur when one of these links in the chain just isn’t staying put.
The entrepreneur can see that there is a following, there are a modest amount of customers, a scraping by with the supporting itself, yet growth is stagnant, if not falling back on itself at times.
Or the following is there, but the buying behavior isn’t strong. Or expenses raise to that level just beyond reach for one reason or another – an egotistical sub-lease holder deciding he isn’t going to pay his third of the rent anymore and setting expectations he has no right to set or some other event.
Being an entrepreneur on the brink of making it is one of the more frustrating/exhilarating experiences of my life. This perspective come from me as a woman who has spent two deployments overseas working in combat conditions and a US embassy, had a premature child and been divorced twice. Yes, this point in my business has me pulling my hair out.
What I don’t need is another business coach, I don’t need another “secret to making big bucks through xxx” and I don’t need to attend any more free events/webinars/teleconferences or whatever out there.
So what do I need? What does any entrepreneur need in a moment like this?
She needs Courage: huge buckets of courage and clarity and encouragement and support from key people.
I have been asking the universe, my coaches, my partner, and my tattoo of Ganesh the mighty lord of obstacles and success to support me in all of these pursuits. I am asking for the path on which to take action. As I balance precariously at this point, do I cut my losses and get a corporate job again for a while or do I keep pushing through knowing that all the accumulated wisdom is paying off and the actions I am consistently taking are leading me to the other side?
There have been boom months, and bust months as I have been in business for the last few years. There have been times I have no idea which direction I am going and what my message is as I go there. And there are times like now when I know beyond a shadow that I have found my central message with The Art of Living Dangerously – building a life that you want, not some crazy version of expectation from others. I want to partner with people to release that same tension I feel now – that there is more for you, this life you have is meant to be lived with purpose, not with programming. You don’t have to settle.
This energy of not settling is why I feel so hypocritical in wondering if I should return to the corporate arena. I am not passionate about the corporate arena. I am good at it and it was fun at times and not worthless. But honestly, I’d prefer to work in a coffee shop for a few hours a week, a few days a week while nurturing this business of mine.
If I am going to be ruthlessly honest, it physically hurts to consider going to work for someone else again – I want to be the coffee shop owner. I want to be the one who hires someone like me who just wants those few hours. When I left my corporate job I swore I’d never give up. I don’t fail and I don’t quit. My enlisted often referred to me as a bulldog (no reference to my alma mater at Fresno State) or the little engine that could. I am tenacious and I am passionate. Working for someone else subordinates that spirit in a big way and eventually I rebel in one way or another.
This video, despite it’s terrible quality, is a pretty accurate depiction of what is happening in my brain with respect to my pursuit of entrepreneurship right now. Enjoy.
So what is a girl with a passion, a business on the brink and a child to support to do?
The answer to that remains to be seen. I am open to whatever possibility shows up. What I know for sure is that I will keep doing this on my terms and my terms alone. No one else’s “formula for success” will be the key. There is no “overnight success” in this deal, there is hard work and being authentic with the desire to truly serve others with the gift of freedom.
I know there are enough of you out there feeling the pull to take action to truly move your life the direction you feel called to, and I know you know that you could use some unbiased support. You are smart enough to recognize that your family loves you and means well but will always want what they believe is best for you. You are perceptive enough to see that an impartial, supportive, been there ally is worth investing in for your next move – to help you stay strong when you are not sure, when you are on the brink.
I have had these coaches, and they are why I haven’t thrown in the towel. They are a huge factor in why I have been able to be afraid and take action anyway. I will keep opening up for more courage, for more possibility – will you?
Do me a favor, if you are bored with your current life, if you are curious about opening up to more courage, to exploring the direction your life is going, to understanding how to overcome the obstacles of today, grab a confusion to clarity strategy session with me and let me offer you some small actions you can take to pave the way for whatever big impact you want to make in life. You have been following me for a bit, we should chat.
I am not going to try to sell you anything I don’t think would help you – but if I see something, I will feel obligated to share a way out of it for you – it’s just my nature to want to help you find the way that is best for you! But I won’t be crazy salesy, I can’t, it isn’t me. If it is for you, it is. If it isn’t – no big. Trust me, you have nothing to lose, and I’d bet you gain something.
I am Jennifer Murphy, and I am all about partnering with people to ignite the courage they need to have to be whatever they want to be. Learn more on my website http://www.nolimitslife.guru