If not now, then when?
It’s fear that holds us back – what if it doesn’t work? What will my family think? What if…….?
But what if, a year from now, you’re still in the same place you are today? Isn’t that a worse outcome than giving it a go?
What if it actually WORKS, and a year from now you’re the owner of a growing business with a bright future?
One of my favourite quotes is “Imagine what you’d do if you knew you couldn’t fail?”
Why I gave birth to a business and a baby at the same time!
In December 2016 I was about to start maternity leave with my second baby.
I wasn’t happy, and it was nothing to do with feeling like a walking balloon while being kicked in the ribs!
On paper I had it all – a well-paid corporate leadership job, a nice house, great friends, amazing hubby and (almost) two gorgeous kids.
But I didn’t feel fulfilled by my work. I knew I had a lot more to give and was capable of much greater things. I felt like I was just spinning wheels and going nowhere, not making a difference to anyone.
I also knew that if I wanted things to change, I needed to do something about it.
Nobody else was going to do it for me.
So in the weeks leading up to the birth of my baby I dared to dream.
I dreamt of a life where I could be there for my kids – at school, at sports days, during their holidays.
A life where we could live where we wanted. A life where we could travel as much as we wanted without worrying about annual leave.
And finally, a life where I enjoyed my work, where I could constantly learn and be challenged.
Where I could make a difference to others and feel satisfied that I’ve made their lives better.
That dream led me to deciding I would start a business.
But this time (my first business I recently sold), I would build it big enough so I could achieve my dream life.
While I was in hospital just days after the birth of my daughter I hit the button on starting that new business, by signing up with Natasha and her amazing team at Business Jump to create my logo and build my website.
No, it wasn’t the ideal time to start a business, especially going down to one income with a new baby, but if not now, then when?
I would have plenty of thinking time while I was up all night breastfeeding, so I looked my fear in the face and did it.
I hadn’t quite figured out all the details yet but that didn’t stop me. I knew I could work it out as I went.
What I did know is that I am passionate about marketing and growing small businesses. Helping other mums launch their business concepts and bring them to life.
Helping them build their businesses online, using technology to create outstanding customer experiences.
Here is a video blog I recorded when I made the decision to become a business coach. (Yes that’s my baby in the carrier! She slept like that for the first 3 months.)
A lot can happen in a year
Now as I write this article, just over a year has passed and I’m amazed at what I have achieved in that short time, even with the sleepless nights, brain fuzz and serious lack of coffee!
If you had asked me back then, I would never have imagined I would be where I am today.
I’ve established myself as a business coach with a reputation for getting results for my clients. Here’s some of my happy client reviews:
My business generated profit in the very first month I opened the doors on my coaching services.
I have built a lively online community of over 600 female entrepreneurs. I’ve coached some of them 1:1 and watched them take huge steps forward in their businesses. (You can join us over on Facebook: My Tribe)
Now I experience more satisfaction in my work than I have ever felt before, working for others.
This is what I am meant to do. I’ve found it.
I’m part of something bigger. A movement of women who are creating their own success. Who support each other to achieve things they never thought possible.
My dream is no longer a dream.
It’s my new reality. I’ve quit my corporate career to work for myself. I can choose where and when I work: On the couch in my pjs on a Sunday evening, or while the kids are napping during the day.
We moved the family to live by the beach, achieving our 8 year-long ambition.
We’ve already got two overseas family trips booked for this year.
I’ve dared to dream. And believe in it.
Now I’m helping others build their dreams too.
I can’t wait to see what the next year will bring!