Starting a business is hard enough when you have a business degree, a dedicated workspace, and all the time (and money) to spare.
But for moms who have kids to care for and a million tasks to juggle, it can feel impossible.
The thing is, for most would-be mom entrepreneurs, the biggest thing standing in your way is yourself.
The negative talk and the limiting beliefs hold you back and maybe even talk you out of getting started in the first place.
The good news is, recognizing the problem is the first step in solving it. Once you are aware of your mental trash talk you can stop it and take a positive spin instead.
So below are 5 of the most common mental hurdles mom entrepreneurs face when they are starting a business, and maybe even once they’re on their way to success.
5 Mental Hurdles Preventing You From Being a Mom Entrepreneur- and How to Stop Them
I don’t have time.
We can all say this right? It’s the biggest excuse in the book. But is it true?
The thing about time is that when there’s something we really want to do, we make time. If it’s something hard or scary (or boring) we tend to fall back to the I don’t have time excuse.
Read that again. If it’s something we really want to do, we make time.
Building a business from home is hard. It does take time. And it might mean sacrifices.
Sacrifices like getting up a couple hours earlier. Or, if you are a night owl like me, staying up a couple hours later each night.
Sacrifices like saying no more often.
Or sacrifices like working instead of watching TV or scrolling on Facebook or Instagram.
We all have 24 hours in a day. And if you really want to build a business, you can.
I am not good at ________.
I’m not good at technology. I’m not good at writing. I’m not good at graphic design. Or whatever it is you don’t feel like you are good at.
Don’t get me wrong, I know that learning new skills can feel overwhelming. But don’t let that stop you.
It’s never been easier to learn things you don’t know. You have the world wide web at your finger tips. You have Youtube videos on any topic imaginable. You have google to tell you anything you need.
Stop making excuses and learn how. What’s that slogan? You can do this, we can help. There’s plenty of help out there, you just have to want it bad enough to learn.
I am not an expert (I don’t know anything)
It’s time to retrain yourself to the definition of expert. You are probably thinking someone with a PhD and tons of awards and accolades behind their name.
And while that is one type of expert, it’s not the only one.
You know things. And to the very beginner, you are the expert they need.
And you know what? It’s often the non-experts that teach the best.
You have skills. You have knowledge. And you can do this.
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I am not going to succeed.
Never let the fear of failure prevent you from trying. Never.
If you never start, you will never succeed.
Believe me, the fear of failure is huge. It’s a monster. But you can’t let that stop you. You have to push your comfort zone and push past fear.
Will you succeed? I can’t say for sure. But what I can tell you is that your chance of success is much higher than if you never started at all.
I can’t sell things.
Selling gets a bad rap. My husband was in car sales for 10 years, and we heard it all. But you know what else he heard? Praise. Thankfulness that he was honest and cared about his customers.
That’s all selling is. It’s caring about your customers and genuinely wanting to improve their lives or solve a problem for them. If you can do that, you can sell.
Selling doesn’t mean selling your soul. Selling doesn’t mean sounding like an infomercial. It’s providing a product or service that helps the customer.
And you can do it.
Recognizing these 5 mental traps, and turning them around before they knock you down is one of the keys to starting your own business.
So tell that inner critic to hush! And let’s get started!