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How You Can Honor Your Calling Of Starting A Business

Entrepreneur Finding Your Purpose
Oprah Winfrey once said,

“There is no greater gift you can give or receive than to honor your calling. It’s why you were born. And how you become most truly alive.”

I meet many women working in spaces where their days end with feelings of defeat. These women often give all of themselves to a job and have very little to give to their loved ones. Their leadership has little-to-no regard for their time, efforts, and energy.

Most of these women are not doing the work they love or following their purpose. They have jobs — a way to earn a living while struggling to make ends meet but nothing more. But there is so much fulfillment and joy when the work you do is something you feel organically drawn to, where your choices determine your income and not by some arbitrary numeric offer from a company that is likely underpaying you.

Here's how you can say yes to your dream of starting a business

Permit yourself to dream bigger, then allow yourself to believe in the possibility of that bigger dream

Before saying no to yourself and remaining in inaction, allow yourself to expand your vision. We often limit our goals and shut doors to opportunities before digging deeper and exploring existing options. We say no before we begin. Consider starting with yes. Yes, there is a way and an answer, and I can do this if I try.

Working in corporate spaces (or any day job) can give a false sense of achievement and security and have many of us buying into the belief that:

  • It's impossible to do better on your own
  • There's safety in working in those spaces
  • You aren't capable or talented enough to start your own business and reach revenue goals that surpass your current income.  

Develop a blueprint for your dream

Before saying no to yourself and remaining in inaction, allow yourself to develop a plan-A. Don't know where to start? Say yes to picking up that book or enrolling in that class or coaching program. Numerous books and online courses provide a success blueprint that walks you through the steps to build your new business. 

Not everyone learns the same way. So, maybe working alone and reading a few books isn't your learning style. That's okay. There are options like self-paced courses with video instruction, reading materials, downloadable worksheets, and templates that can guide you through the business development process.

Numerous group or individual coaching programs provide even more guidance and feedback as you learn and take action. Choose the best option, but take that first step. Do not get stuck in inaction.

Execute by following your blueprint 

 The data shows that some of us get stuck in the learning phase. We permit ourselves to dream; we plan and then never execute. Fear is the primary driver and reveals itself as avoidance, procrastination, perfectionism, and poor time management. These are all daily decisions that we resist owning. You can decide to acknowledge your fear and execute anyway. 

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About Marcia 

Marcia Hylton is a travel addict and dog mom who spent a decade and a half planning, implementing, and allocating funds for multi-million dollar annual marketing strategies for Fortune 500 companies. Marcia later launched a national award-winning marketing agency, which served hundreds of small business owners, including NBA celebrities and Fortune 500 companies. Marcia now provides sales, branding, and marketing coaches to women entrepreneurs.