One of the things I realized in the last few years about new projects and entrepreneurship is that the only way to make things happen – is doing them!
I know it sounds a bit obvious, but as humans we all have our fears and thoughts that holding us back. It can be a judgmental voice about a new idea we have, or fear of failure with the first setback we encounter.
I Hope that through this blog you’ll be able to get the tools and resources you need to make your dreams a reality. Just by being inspired, organized and having fun with the thing you need to do.
This is why I’ve created this special “INSPIRATION” Interview Series. To help you get a little push in the right direction just by “seeing” (or reading actually…) how others doing it.
As I started interviewing those wonderful amazing ladies I realized they have a lot in common. I’m sure you’ll see that too in the upcoming interviews. In the meantime I want to get started.
Carrie Green is super successful business woman (after starting her first online business at the age of 20!! while still studying Law!), the founder of
“The Female Entrepreneur Association“ and “This girl means BUSINESS” magazine.
She provides female entrepreneurs with an environment to share, learn and develop from like-minded individuals.
I love her enthusiasm to empower and inspire other entrepreneuress and glad I can give you a chance for a real peek to her way of thinking.
What is the first thing you do when a new business idea jumps into your mind?
Get really excited! My mind goes into overdrive and I get my notepad out and start writing everything down.
How do you know if this idea is good for your business or not?
Firstly, my ideas (or any ideas that people approach me with) have to pass my ‘mission test’ – it’s a concept I discovered when I read a book called Start With Why, by Simon Sinek. The mission test is where I take the idea and I see whether it fits in and aligns with my overall mission. So for example, my mission with the Female Entrepreneur Association is to inspire and empower women to turn their ideas into a reality and build successful businesses – so if I came up with an idea to sell business telephone lines I would ask myself, “does this idea completely align with my mission?” in this case I would say no – I don’t think business telephone lines are inspiring, so the idea wouldn’t make the cut.
I find this really helpful, because it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of a new idea and sometimes you get carried away thinking about how much money it could make for you and lose sight of what you and your business are really about and end up going off track. The mission test helps me to stay focused and aligned.
I also check to make sure my ideas align with my core values too. I found in the past that I would start working on different ideas and then get a few months down the line and feel totally miserable and I realized that it was because the ideas didn’t align with me and my values.
So I spent some time working out what my core values were – what was most important to me in my life, for example, freedom is a big value of mine – I love having the freedom to do what I want, and so if one of my ideas caused a lack of freedom I’d find myself becoming more and more unhappy.
Last (but not least!), I listen to my intuition.
If something doesn’t feel quite right I pay attention to it.
How do you deal with the fears a new project holds?
I just take it all one step at a time. There’s always an element of fear when working on a new project, because there is so much uncertainty – you can’t be 100% sure whether it will work out and that is scary.
So I find it helpful to just stay in the present moment, rather than worrying about what will happen next week, next month or next year.
I also practice a lot of techniques to help me program my mind for success – like visualisations, affirmations, meditations, journaling and I find that all these things help me to surrender my fears and stay focused on feeling good about everything and having the faith that everything will work out.
Where is your favorite place to do your planning; and to work on a new project?
I don’t really have a favorite place – I work from where I have my laptop and notepad
What do you do if life happens and you’re not keeping up with your original plan? What keeps your motivation high?
I keep going. I don’t think I’ve ever taken on a new project and just breezed through it – there’s always been some challenge or struggle (whether external or internal).
I used to fight it and resist it whenever I went through periods where things seemed off track or I wasn’t making the progress I wanted to be making, but then I realized that there’s no point in fighting it.
I think the key is to just accept it and let it go (although it’s not always easy!).
You have to trust that you are in the right place and that things are happening for a reason and that things will evolved in the right way, at the right time.
Whenever I’m feeling low I do take the time to get inspired – I’ll listen to a piece of music which lifts me up, or I’ll watch a video on YouTube or speak to a friend – something, anything to get me feeling inspired.
There’s also a quote which helps give me a boost whenever I’m going through a slow phase: ‘successful people hang on when everyone else has let go’ – it reminds me that I want to be the kind of person that’s willing to hang on, that’s willing to keep going, because I want to achieve amazing things and I’ll never give up on that.
Some other things that help me during these times:
Taking a break – sometimes I find it helpful to just get away from it all and take step back. It helps me to change my perspective and recharge. Even if it’s just going for a walk, it can help.
Looking at my goals and readjusting my game plan – When things are slow or I’m off track I find that it’s easy to drift aimlessly throughout the day, so sometimes a good goal and planning session can really help get the clarity and focus back.
Now your turn!
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