Alright, so I’ll be real with you guys. I still struggle at times to accept my mistakes. I know, I know, logically it doesn’t make sense. But when you’re in the moment, it’s difficult to process. In the moment.
I’m still a recovering perfectionist, so I wanted to write this not just for myself, but to empower other entrepreneurs who may find themselves making a mistake here and there in life or in business. I’m not going to try and add fluff to this post, instead I wanted to just be simple, honest, and thought provoking. I believe less is more and as you read this, I want you to think about a few ways your mistakes opened several doorways, not just lessons, but blessings that came from the process. Think about how you’ve been applying those blessings you’ve been given. It makes the mistakes so much more worth it.
Here are 10 mistakes 10 blessings & 10 ways they’ve helped me as an entrepreneur
Mistake: I was so stuck on my to-do list, that I was often in overdrive mode.
Blessing learned: I needed to celebrate small victories every day. This helps keep me focus on my core message and purpose
How I’m able to apply this blessing: I’m not where I want to be in my business, but every step is still a victory. Even though I don’t have hundreds of subscribers yet, each new subscriber shows me that I’m taking a step towards the right direction. One person who asks for my help and opinion is a step towards becoming a thought leader. One person who finds my content useful and genuinely finds value in the content I’m creating is a step towards building more trust.I was so stuck on my to-do list, that I was often in overdrive mode.I needed to celebrate small… Click To Tweet
Mistake: Alright, alright. Here’s one I stated above. I’m a recovering perfectionist and it took me a long time to think that wasn’t healthy for me.
Blessing learned: We weren’t made to be perfect. We were made to progress. Our progression reveals a much stronger testimony
How I’m able to apply this blessing: To be real, this post is one of them, haa! No, but seriously. Writing this post was so hard because I couldn’t pick from alllll of my mistakes. Guys, I had to cut this post down so many times because I felt like I couldn’t stop listing one mistake after another! But at the same time, that opens a door way for me to share a testimony and help anyone else out there who may have been upset about a situation or event that didn’t go as they had hoped. So if you’re reading this, I understand. But I promise you, you’ll be even more of a blessing to someone else in the future because of what you just went through.Our progression reveals a much stronger testimony. Click To Tweet
Mistake: I would often over schedule myself with all the things I wanted to do, but didn’t make my goals realistic.
Blessing: I learned I don’t have to be superwoman! Not everything has to be on my shoulders.
How I’m able to apply this blessing: Now I’m able to create a schedule that I truly like and is healthier than my previous habits. Alright, I still have to keep tweaking things and get better, but I’m starting to understand where I have to draw boundaries for myself to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I’m able to prioritize better without feeling like everything has to be done this second or else I’m not going to succeed.
*if you’d like to see how I create my 6 month plan now because of this, you can check it out here.
Mistake: I’d be in such a rush to get things done, I didn’t realize there was more value in breaking each content down.
Blessing learned: Two things for this one: I need to take a step back more often, re-evaluate my ways and be more specific on my goal. The more niche it is, the better.
How I’m able to apply this: I’m starting to create all my content with this guideline: blog posts, e-courses, workshops and more. Yes, I want to be able to cover a range of topics, but at the same time I hate taking my time to read something and find out that it only covered the surface when what I really needed was the nitty gritty. Soo, now I’m doing my absolute best to break everything down as much as possible. If that means losing a few readers because I was more focused on getting in the details of a specific part, then I’d rather risk that then not giving details that provide real value, which some of my consistent readers really needed.
Mistake: I didn’t respect this season of my life I’m in and therefore didn’t plan accordingly.
Blessing learned: God has brought me to this season for a reason. Ha, that rhymed! Ok but to the serious stuff, I’ve been saying this over and over the past couple of weeks because this truth is hitting me hard as of late. I need to take my ‘training season’ seriously.
How I’m able to apply this: I’m learning to ask God to open my eyes to what He’s trying to teach me in each season. I’m learning to pause, slow down, and get outside of my desires and seek the greater purpose it has to my whole journey. I’m able to plan things so that it’s planned around Him rather than planning Him around my desires. I’m starting to stop comparing myself and my business to other women with the realization that I don’t have to keep up with anyone other than God and myself.
Mistake: I didn’t delegate enough work to others
Blessing learned: Delegating work or outsourcing allows to me to have the time to focus on creating the things that matter the most to me.
How I’m able to apply this: Outsourcing my about page to Jackie Johansen from Your Words Electric was the best decision I could have made! For real, for real. It was one less thing for me to worry about and that whole time, I was able to focus on where I wanted my business to be.Delegating work or outsourcing allows to me to have the time to focus on creating the things that… Click To Tweet
Mistake: Not recognizing people enough and giving them the praise they deserve
Blessing learned: You can’t lead if no one will follow. And no one will follow if they don’t feel like you care. There were times that I did care about others, but I was too stuck on my tasks that I didn’t show it as much. I stopped acknowledging others as people who have feelings to the extent that I should have.
How I’m able to apply this: I’m starting to read my audience’s love language. I’m starting to pay attention to their core and praise them in a way that resonates with them. I’m able to practice this on my blog and on social media. This can be difficult at first when it’s online, but practicing them nonetheless, helps you understand what works and what doesn’t work for your lifers.You can’t lead if no one will follow. And no one will follow if they don’t feel like you care. Click To Tweet
Mistake: Feeling like I had to follow an influencer just because everybody around me did even though I didn’t connect with them.
Blessing learned: There are so many people out there with so much value! Just because everybody follows and listens to a person doesn’t mean I have to even if I didn’t connect with them. I’m not going to miss out, because someone out there is saying things in a way that I’ll be able to resonate with better.
How I’m able to apply this: two sides to the coin here. You and I will always bring value to the right audience, because our voices are different. If I don’t feel like I connect with someone, I’ve learned it’s just because it’s not what’s best for me in my current season. I’ve learned to look and find others outside of my current circle which actually teaches me to network better.
Mistake: Using my work to fill my God shaped hole
Blessing learned: I’ll never be satisfied by anything else other than God. He is the only living water that quenches my thirst.
How I’m able to apply this: I’m learning to stop putting my worth in my achievements or in the recognition others may give me from time to time.
Mistake: I became such a workaholic that I didn’t take care of myself. I would go several hours without eating and forget about how much water my body needed. I would go hours without stretching, making it easier for my body to tense up when I’m stressed
Blessing learned: I’m actually much more productive when I’m physically healthy. I’m much more relaxed when I take the time to exercise and stretch.
How I’m able to apply this: I’ve decided to start eating healthier, filling my meals with at the very least some fruits and veggies, stretching throughout the day, and hopefully I’ll be able to stabilize my schedule soon to start inserting dance in regularly.
So now I want to ask.. I know for a fact your mistakes have opened doorways to blessings. I just know it. You’ve learned a lot through the seasons and changes you’ve gone through. Every transition, every uncomfortable spot you’ve been in has developed you into this amazing woman you are now. What are some of the blessings you’ve learned and applied from mistakes of the past? How have these mistakes changed your life for the better? Comment and share with me!
Also, just a little reminder. The next time you make a mistake, don’t let it steal your passion. Instead, look forward to the abundance of blessings that are about to come from it!