One Year Later
Well it has officially been one year since I started on the grand adventure of being a business owner. I have had my share of milestones with a few panic attacks sprinkled in between, but I can say without a doubt it was the best, most empowering decision I have ever made. And as with any good experience I have learned quite a bit, so I decided to share with you all the top 5 lessons the first year of owning a business has taught me.
You have to learn to trust: When I started this office it was just me. I did it all from phone calls and emails to changing sheets and treating patients. I always had the intention of hiring office help, but when the time came to actually do it, I had a full blown panic attack just thinking of someone else handling any part of my business. I was at a cross roads, either let go of some of the control and allow the business to grow, or hold on to it all and stay stagnant. So, I took a deep breath and put my trust into a few lovely ladies to help me around the office, and thank goodness I did! Not only was I able to dedicate more time to my patients, but I also grew as a person. I learned to delegate tasks, articulate what I wanted, and prioritize my needs. Turns out trust is a pretty awesome thing.
Be a Badass: When I opened my doors it was the first time I was truly in charge. Once I realized there was no one to hide behind or blame things on, I found my voice. Not the screaming temper tantrum noise of my teens and early twenties, but a commanding presence filled with confidence. I used to feel so often like people would just ignore me. But now I know people hear me, I know they see me, because I am a badass that refuses to be overlooked.
There are Amazing People in this World: My previous employers always talked how hard owning a business is and that everyone wants something from you so you have to watch your back. Having heard it so many times, I started to believe it. So when I first went out on my own I put up a serious guard to everyone who reached out to me because I didn't want to be taken advantage of. But then I started thinking, all of those employers either had struggling business or weren't happy with their lives. So I decided to open the door and began making connections. And let me tell you the people I have met are amazing. You will always attract whatever you put into the universe. If you open yourself up to good, it will find you.
Never Feel Guilty About Success- Growing up catholic I was taught to avoid excess of anything, and that material gains contribute to vanity and gluttony. Try having that ingrained into your head and justify why success isn’t just a combination of the seven deadly sins. But I was lucky enough to have had very wise woman teach me that the more successful you are the more you can help those around you. That success is only selfish and narcissistic if your goals are. Never feel guilty about growing your dreams.
Good Intentions are Rewarded with Good Results: When I started my own business, I didn't do it to make a lot of money. I did it because I wanted to take control of my life. I did it because I had a dream that came to me so vividly and suddenly I couldn't shake it. This dream was to provide a space for acupuncturist to practice without being under the thumb of money driven, western medical providers with business plans.
I knew a place like that would take a lot of hard work and time to build. So I made a timeline in my head of when I thought I would accomplish some goals, such as hire a receptionist, and an associate acupuncturist and when I would need more office space. Well let me tell you that at one year, which is significantly quicker than my previously stated timeline, I have met all those goals. And do you know why? Because at the end of the day I don't count my dollars, I count the number of people I've helped, the number of smiles I've created, and the amount my heart has grown. Whatever you do, do it for the right reasons, and it will work.
If I can give you just a little bit of advice, this would be it. First, if you are compelled in your soul to make a change, do it. Life is too short to not live your dreams. Second, never doubt your strength. There is a power in each and every one of us that this world can trick you into thinking does not exist. Don’t believe it. Lastly, go forward with an open heart and you will be met with love and abundance at every turn.
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