Be Gentle With Yourself ‘cos it Ain’t Easy

Be Gentle with Yourself While Building Your Business

Starting and growing a business is no small feat. It demands time, effort, dedication, and resilience. However, amidst all the hustle and drive, it’s crucial to remember that being kind and gentle to yourself is just as important as pushing yourself to achieve your goals. Here’s a gentle reminder on how to balance the grind with self-compassion.

1. Do It for You

Building a business often stems from a passion or a dream you want to bring to life. It’s essential to keep that personal motivation at the forefront. Remind yourself daily why you started this journey. Your reasons are valid, and your passion is the fuel that will keep your engine running. Celebrate the small victories along the way, and let those moments reinforce your commitment to your dream. Remember, you are doing this for you, and that in itself is a powerful motivator.

“Every step you take in your business journey is a testament to your passion and dedication. Do it for you.”

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 2. It Is OK to Take a Break

In the pursuit of success, it’s easy to get caught up in the cycle of endless work. However, continuous work without breaks can lead to burnout, diminishing your creativity and productivity. It’s important to recognise when you need a break. Taking time to rest and recharge is not a sign of weakness but a strategic move to ensure long-term sustainability. When you give yourself permission to take a break, you come back stronger, more focused, and ready to tackle challenges with renewed energy.

“Remember, even the most driven entrepreneurs and business people need to pause and recharge. It’s okay to take a break.”

3. Be Gentle with Yourself

The entrepreneurial journey is filled with highs and lows. There will be days when things don’t go as planned, and that’s okay. Being gentle with yourself means acknowledging your efforts, understanding that mistakes are part of the learning process, and showing yourself compassion during tough times. Don’t let setbacks define your worth or your potential. Instead, use them as stepping stones to grow and improve.

Your business is a reflection of your hard work, but it’s also a journey that requires patience and self-kindness.  There is something I have learnt from Mel Robbins that I love. It is called a “shitty first draft”. Mel Robbins’ advice: your first attempt might be a “shitty first draft,” and that’s perfectly fine. This initial draft is just a starting point. Reflect on what worked and what didn’t, then pivot and make adjustments as needed. The ability to adapt and learn from your experiences is a crucial part of growth.

Being gentle with yourself means not beating yourself up over setbacks but rather using them as opportunities to pivot and improve. Each failure or mistake is a lesson in disguise, guiding you towards a better version of your business and yourself. Reflect on these experiences, adjust your strategies, and keep moving forward with a kind and understanding mindset.

“Be kind to yourself. The entrepreneurial journey is tough, but so are you. Every setback is a setup for a comeback.”

Conclusion

Consistency, hard work, and showing up for your business are non-negotiables for success. But equally important is the ability to be kind to yourself, celebrate your wins, and know when to take a breather. Balance is key. By integrating self-compassion into your entrepreneurial journey, you ensure that you’re not just building a successful business but also nurturing your well-being and happiness along the way.

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