Thursday, March 11, 2010

Mompreneur 2010: From Overwhelmed to On the Ball

I've been doing a lot of research recently as I try to refocus my efforts with Monkey Beanz this next year.  I have a tendency, particularly when I am feeling lost and overwhemed, to go a bit overboard in my research and procrastinate the true action that is necessary.
So I've thrown myself into downloads, e-books, podcasts, blogs and good old fashioned library books all geared toward women entrepreneurs, what makes us tick and, more importantly, what makes some of us more successful than others.  I have always had complete confidence in Monkey Beanz, in our products, in our business philosophy, the works.  So why have I struggled so painfully for the last several years with taking the business to where it need to be in order to be a viable business and financial support for my family? 
I've boiled in down to a few key points, some of which are more tangible, and more easily "solved" than others.  First, while I have the confidence in Monkey Beanz, I have not given myself permission to be confident in myself as the messenger, promoter and manager of all things Monkey Beanz.  I have continuously been up against myself not truly believing that I could make this happen and, therefore, denying myself the help that I may have needed to take leaps as a business owner.
My latest epiphany, after almost 31 years of living, is that I have become a very scatterbrained mother of two.  I am in a constant struggle to feel focused, a struggle which I have, thus far, been losing miserably.  I get so lost in the "Oh my goodness, there is so much to do," stress everyday that my work time is rarely as productive as it could be.  Rather than focus on accomplishing one task each day or week, I get bogged down with feeling like I need to do everything and then end up with very little. 
My biggest goal for the coming months, and one that I am beginning to admit I may need some help with, is stating focused.  Keep your eyes on the prize, as they say.  I need to narrow my goal to give myself something specific to accomplish.  If I can do this, then I will give myself the opportunity to prove to myself that I can lead Monkey Beanz on this journey. 
Goals accomplished, confidence boosted, business booming, calm and collected mompreneur.  Sigh ...


Magnolia Workshop said...

Hey there, It's so great that you are starting to realize that trying to do a million things ends in doing nothing. Sit down, weekly if you can, and figure out what are the most important things you need to accomplish. Where will you get the most bang for your buck? you are on your way by just noticing that what you've been doing isn't working. (Sorry for the unsolicited coaching, just can't help myself sometimes. Plus, I've been there!)andst

Julia said...

Thanks for the words of support. They say knowing is half the battle, so I'm hoping the next half is a little less painful and a lot more productive! And it is always helpful to be reminded that others have been right where I am now and made it through.