Female Entrepreneurship and Self Doubts

When you dive into unknown waters of starting your own business feelings of uncertainty will inevitably bubble up.  There are so many unknowns.  You are constantly doing things that push you outside your comfort zone.  There’s a chance that you will make mistakes or that you could fail at your venture. You are putting yourself out there in ways you never have in the past.  Self-doubt will rise but here are some ways to conquer it so you can follow your dreams of starting a business.

1. Stop comparing yourself to others.
Please just stop! 

“The most dangerous thing about your competition …is your obsession with them. – Bernadette Jiwa

2. Find role models
Utilizing the (real) stories of others can help you to build your confidence. 

“I think the best role models for women are people who are fruitfully and confidently themselves, who bring light into the world.”― Meryl Streep

3. Replay past successes
 Draw on those past wins to give yourself a quick shot of positivity. This will help you re-focus on drawing on your proven ability for success.

“Your past success is a foundation into future success.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita

4. Believe in the journey
If you have trouble believing in yourself then focus your beliefs on the journey.

“The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

5. Stop the spiral
As soon as you begin the negative inner chatter, immediately do something to break the cycle before you spiral down a very negative rabbit hole.

“You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.” ― Stephen King

6. Accept failure and move on quickly
Failure and mistakes are part of this weird wild game called “entrepreneurship”.

“Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

7. Make a decision already
Not every decision you make is going to produce the results you were hoping for but the worst thing you can do is become paralyzed by the options. 

It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are. – Roy Disney

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