I have been taking some time to revamp and restyle my blog after dibbling and dabbling into some other entrepreneur endeavors. It is always necessary to reexamine your business and make adjustments because new risks, obstacles, and changes occur that redirect your focus. The vision does not change just the approach to reaching your destination. The next few things that I do have to be done in order to propel me to my next level.
1. I must push through and be unafraid to tell my story because the more I share my experiences the more impactful I become. I have found myself holding back at times because it gets tiresome. People are judgmental and question what they do not understand and jump to conclusions without hearing people speak their truth. In the creative industry, sparingly sharing your truth and your story will be met with reservations. However, I know in order to take my career to the next level, consistently telling my story is a must. I have to put myself out there, because there are some people waiting on me and watching me, so I have to make. I am ready for the shift to happen as I continue to step more and more into who I am business wise and woman.
2. Discipline…Authenticity…Perseverance are my mainstay because I know what it takes to govern myself and push through to the next level. I thrive off of discipline in certain areas of my life because I need order. I have to have structure in my ventures because without it I feel unproductive. I have rich background in life, from college, the military, transitioning careers, and being an entrepreneur. I am staying true to me because there is no other person I’d rather be. It takes gumption to press forward, when so many things around you change. Some people have an “S” on their chest, but I’ll take the “P” for persevering through things that were designed to tear me down.
3. Being true to your ideas will show you who is for you and who is against you. My support has not come from the people closest to me. I felt slighted at first because I did not understand why people would not want to see me do well. It is a cruel world when you want better and you feel like you are begging for people to support you. Going into business for myself be it, part-time or full-time some days are better than others and this is truly a process. My second stint with MLM/Direct Sales showed me enough to know that was my final time. People don’t respect or value your time, so eventually you have to learn who is serious and who is not.
4. I truly admire everyone in their winning season because when you are diligent your work begins to pay off for you. After three years of soul searching and releasing my book, My Fourth Year in Middle School: The Truth About Teaching, I am stepping into the presentation opportunity at the Teacher Self-Care Conference. This is new for me, and as the time is winding down, closer to it, I just have to do it! I’m also finishing up my book in the process, “12 Ways to Survive Your First Year of Teaching”. I’m pleased with the work that I am doing behind the scenes, and I have taken a lot or pressure off of myself.
5. It is okay to start over as often as needed. Some things we try work well initially and we think we have it all figured out, then we realize that we have to revamp in order to paint a clearer image. I have to evolve and move with the time as I watch the trends around entrepreneurship, upgrading your presence in your chosen industry, and stepping out on faith to be yourself unapologetically. Our ideas never leave us, they continue to grow as we find ways to expand beyond our comfort zone and intentionally choose to shift into your greater self. We get stagnant when we don’t get what we want immediately. Instant gratification is not always the best. Delayed gratification is more beneficial because you have to work for what you want that way you are grateful when things work in your favor.
Stay tuned, I have so much more in store…