This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend my first business building boot camp and it happened to be for women only and honestly that scared me a bit. I worried about things like what clothes I would wear, that everybody else there was going to be way more advanced than me in their businesses, that the other women would judge me for thinking that I belonged there in the first place, and on and on.
Let me tell you how wrong I was. I was so glad for making the decision to go to this event. By the end of the meeting, I was so inspired by all the women there; the speakers and the audience full of other entrepreneurs were so amazingly supportive of each other. I was so surprised to find out how much we could all relate to each other in business, in our personal lives, and as women.
In fact, I was so moved by the speakers and their genuine support for one another that I actually worked up the nerve to ask a few questions in front of dozens of people. That was the scariest part of being there for me, but the response from my fellow female entrepreneurs was honestly something that caught me off guard.
After just my first meeting like this, I am more now than ever before, motivated to help other women such as myself. I try my hardest to remain positive and stay motivated every single day but this event was much needed to remind me and many other women that we are not alone in our journeys to become better.
With that being said, I’d like to share with you just a few things I have learned from the guest speakers as well as from those who, like me, came there with the hopes of bettering themselves. 10 things I’ve learned in business boot camp (in no particular order) are:
1. Being yourself and showing up as yourself
If you love what you do and you are excited to share it with the world, why not go all out? Don’t hold back because there are so many people who are passionate about the same thing and you might be inspiring those people to follow their dreams. Probably best of all, by being your authentic self, you are attracting like minded people who truly love and believe in what you do and they may become loyal customers and possibly collaborators. Don’t miss out on opportunities because of fear of being you 100%.
2. Your powerful stories make you relatable and will make people gravitate to you
One of the things I love to do is tell my customers the story of how I began making my skincare products, because I know that each one of them can relate to at least one thing I say. Tell your story. Let your customers know how the idea for what you are doing came about, especially if there is an interesting story behind it. Let people see the passion in your eyes when you talk about this. Everyone has a story to tell, we all have been through something that’s made us want to make a change in our lives and though our stories are different in many ways, it is surprising how often we can relate to each other no matter our differences. When someone feels they can relate to you, they tend to want to talk to you and trust you more
One of the guest speakers uses a formula called MOVE:
Make a decision about what it is you want to achieve
Own it; stop doubting yourself after you decide that you want to do something
Visualize the life you want for yourself, take 5 minutes a day for 30 days and visualize the life you’re working towards
Execute; take aligned action. Do something that supports your goal
4. Make yourself your own CEO; answer to yourself
We all get off track once in a while when we know we should focus more and avoid being distracted, some of us more than others (one of my biggest challenges)
It is so easy to put off things when there are no deadlines and we don’t have to answer to anyone. One way to deal with this is to set a schedule for yourself and be strict about following it, set times to get your work done in 15, 30 minute or 1 hour increments to start and build a habit. If you are having a hard time doing it on your own, get an accountability partner.
5. Focus on your strengths and find others to help with your weaknesses
When you know what you are good at, use it and focus on getting better at it. Don’t spend too much time worrying about what you’re not good at because that will take away from the things you can do, which means nothing is getting done. Find people who understand your goal and have the skills you can use but don’t have; ask them for help, exchange products, reviews, suggestions, or whatever you agree on. I have a friend who is an amazing coach for personal life and business but she is just not ready to make it her career as of now; but she coaches me twice a month and we were able to work out something reasonable for me because she understands that I can’t afford what she would normally charge. I must say again though that if you use a friend or a family member, you should find someone who understands that you take your work seriously and that it is more than just a hobby, this way you’re both on the same page and things will run smoothly.
Be on the lookout for part 2 of what I learned in Business Building Boot Camp coming up next week.
I AM A Woman Business Owner
I AM Strong
I AM Confident
I AM Dedicated
I AM the Creator of My Destiny
I DO NOT Falter in the Face of Adversity
I DO NOT Give up on My Goals or My Dreams
I AM an Ecourager and Supporter of All Women
I AM Building the Wealth of my Family, Community, and Country
I AM A Woman Business Owner AND I WILL CREATE MY SUCCESS
-Denise Joy Thompson Life & Business Coach