Episode 01: Taking Risks in Business - Majesta Patterson Weddings & Portraits

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Episode 01: Taking Risks in Business

Business

by Majesta Patterson

My heart started to race (just like it is now as I release my first episode) when I realized that I had to start a podcast. I thought I would eventually but never figured I would go for it this fast!

All my feelings about my new podcast are summed up in this episode: taking risks and overcoming the resistance. My overcoming of resistance looked exactly like yours should: doing it anyway with the fear right next to me; my shadow. 

In this episode we talked about:

  1. How and why that risk feels infinitely harder and burdensome as a parent financially and just energy and time-wise.
  2. Resistance and fear and what that looks like and how to overcome it.
  3. Your intuition and leaning into that discomfort.
  4. Believing in yourself enough to make the first step and what those first steps look like.

How and why that risk feels infinitely harder and burdensome as a parent financially, energetically and time-wise.

This risk feels harder as a mom, as a parent, and it sums up into two words: mom guilt. Anybody with me? I know you felt it. I feel it. I felt it last night. I felt it yesterday. I felt it this morning when my kids were going off to daycare. It is a real thing that is hard to avoid. It’s unavoidable. The reason why is our time is money then we have to talk about our priorities, and then when you become a mom, your kids become your priority. It changes your entire life.

Balancing the needs of your family with your happiness, your kids’ happiness, and then also your fulfillment as a person, as not just a mom, but an actual female entrepreneur, a mompreneur, you’re taking on this new title of identifying as a mom and an entrepreneur, those things are hard, and it feels risky. 

Which is why I developed the 4 Step Strategy to Taking the Leap.

I know how scary it can be and I want to help you create a plan to taking hold of the next step in your business. You can’t keep doing the same thing over and over, something has to give. That doesn’t mean it’s easy and isn’t scary. 

No resistance equals no dream. If you wake up tomorrow morning overwhelmed with fear, dread, and negative energy, that’s a good sign. The massive shadow that you’re experiencing is being cast by an equally massive tree, the tree of your dream, your vision, your calling. The negative implies the positive. The more daunting the negative, the more brilliant the positive. Resistance has no power of its own. It’s a shadow. Nothing more. As soon as we learn to look past the shadow to the dream that has cast it, the shadow loses all power over us.”

Steven Pressfield

I can’t articulate that any better. Your dream, your goals, your big vision, your big, hairy, audacious goal, that’s your dream. Which means that resistance is going to look bigger and bigger.

Now, as a mom, those risks feel even bigger. It feels like a big gamble, really, to pursue something new, to pursue something big, to pursue a bigger dream than I had last year. It feels scary because I’ve got these little kids that I’m taking care of and taking time away from them as their mom to pursue these bigger dreams. I’m going to make sure that that’s really important, and that really feels good to me.

The mistakes are unavoidable. They’re inevitable, just like taking the risk. They’re going to happen. It’s important to know that we aren’t perfect, and putting ourself out there with something new means we’re not going to get it right every time.

I want you to practice this affirmation:

“I believe in myself, and I have the ability to succeed. I accept myself and know that I am worthy of great things. I am releasing all my fears and worries and can accomplish anything I set my mind to. I deserve to be happy and successful, and I will be,” and take a deep breath because sometimes we don’t breathe when we’re scared.”

While it was my first one and was far from perfect, I hope you all got to listen to this episode and loved it. Remember to Subscribe on iTunes & leave me a review so other like-minded mompreneurs can find our podcast. 

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