Creating my website - What I learnt
Updated: May 10, 2022
Whilst I was under no illusions that leaving corporate and starting out on my own would be a steep learning curve, I under estimated the deep personal journey it would be.
As I started building my website, I confronted deep and real fears.
I imagined my ex-corporate colleagues reading the home page, rolling their eyes and wondering what (the hell) I was thinking, friends discussing my "mid-life crisis" and maybe worst of all ... what if it didn’t resonate and no one was interested?
So, have those fears disappeared completely – of course not! However, in tackling them I’ve been reminded of some fundamental truths
1. Know your "Why"
In my corporate life, I often struggled to connect what I was doing to the things that felt important and meaningful to me. When I was helping to set direction and inspiring personal growth, I was on fire - But a lot of the time, I didn't get to do that. While financially rewarding, my work didn't always feel meaningful.
Now days, when in doubt, I remind myself of why I chose this path. I think of the incredible women I work with, the impact we can create and the life I'm building. It doesn't stop the fear but it does bring perspective. I believe that fuelled with purpose, success will come.
It's no secret that having clarity of purpose, and meaning in our work is key. But perhaps it's even more relevant than ever.
As we begin to design the new normal isn't it time to consider how we thrive and not just survive?
Do you know your "why" - What's really important to you and What feels meaningful?
2. Perfect doesn’t exist
It's hard for me to let something go before I think it's "perfect" and if I'm honest I still spent way too many hours on my website - re-writing content, changing images and second guessing decisions.
Whilst our desire to make things as good as they can be, can be wonderful, it can also be a hinderance and at some point we need to decide when something is "good enough".
A friend recently reminded me that, "perfection is the obstacle of achievement! My daughter summed it up perfectly the other day - "Mum", she said "There is not such thing as perfect - only progress"
What is perfection holding you back from starting, completing or achieving ?
We are all a work in progress - rather than trying to aim for perfect, try focusing on making a start, iterating, and progressing as you go.
3. Quiet the noise. Find your voice
Everyone seemed to have an opinion on my website and the more people I asked, the more confused I become.
Ultimately, I was reminded that one voice matters above all others - mine!
Whether designing a website, deciding on a new role or if he's the guy for you, avoid giving your power to others and letting them influence or dictate. Learn to trust your inner voice, she knows you the best and always has your best interests at heart.
What is she telling you today ?
Find the courage to listen to your inner wisdom.