Do you feel there are never enough hours in the day, if only time would stand still for just a day you could catch up on the tasks that need your attention.
In the past couple of years I’ve often heard women say they are time poor, they would love to achieve xyz, they dream of doing xyz but they just don’t have time. I have to admit, I use to be guilty of saying it too. But one important lesson I’ve learnt on my journey in the past couple of years as an entrepreneur, is there is always time if it is something you are truly passionate about and truly want to achieve.
If you are passionate enough, have a vision with an end goal and know what that looks like, then you’ll find it isn’t a case of not having enough time but rather, you just hadn’t made it a priority. I have a friend who is so time poor she went out and bought `Rushing Woman’s Syndrome’ only to complain she didn’t have time to read it. But if she stopped to analyse what was most important to her, she has the ability to change her priorities to better serve her needs. That feeling of not being in control creates unnecessary and unproductive stress and overwhelm. Instead of feeling out of sync and frustrated, allocate time at the beginning of your day to identify what you want to complete, what is most important to you (choose 1-3 actions that you need to accomplish) and focus the time you allocate on achieving them. When you get to the end of the day knowing you accomplished those key tasks you feel in control, you have a sense of achievement and you create momentum.
It is possible to change course – but it won’t happen by default you have to make it happen. It is possible to accomplish your dreams or your goals as long as you know where you want to head and have a clear plan of how you intend to get there. Starting at the beginning with the end in mind allows you to navigate your way through even though you may not know what roadblocks are ahead or alternative paths you have to take. Having the end in mind gives you greater ability to navigate around those roadblocks or chose the appropriate path.
One of my learnings is to enjoy the journey and even the unknowns. It should be scary, it should push your limits if it’s really worthwhile… embrace not only what excites you but what unnerves you if you truly want to succeed.
Susan Stevens is the founder of New Zealand-based Meme & Co, a jewelry and accessories company with an innovative, woman-centered business model. She has over 18 years experience in sales, marketing and advertising, she climbed the corporate ladder and was committed to her career but her priorities changed when she had her children. Life became a struggle, trying to find a balance between wanting to retain her worth and independence in the workforce without compromising her ability to be a present and attentive mother.
Then, Susan made a terrifying leap – leaving a six figure income to no job and a big mortgage. With a very strong resolve never to go back to the corporate world, and through commitment, perseverance and a passion to succeed, she found as one door closed other doors opened. It was this journey that gave her the motivation and the drive to create an opportunity for other women who want to be in control, who value their independence, who want to be empowered. Her drive to keep a balance between work and family life ultimately resulted in `taking a leap’ into the unknown and embarking on a personal journey of self reflection, new challenges and growth.
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