Daily Challenges in Perspective
With the added pressure of uncertain finances so many of us face early in our careers, I know how all of these little challenges can stack up into a pile of overwhelm and turn the entrepreneurial dream into any woman’s nightmare.
Sometimes the best way to pierce that false reality is with a healthy dose of perspective. This issue has been all about a glamorous escape to the Riviera Maya, and I think it’s important not to ignore what life is like outside the resort walls. I personally couldn’t spend time in Mexico without learning more about what was going on, and ended up watching a documentary, Cartel Land, that woke me up very quickly.
Confronting what many women in Mexico experience in daily life, from physical insecurity, to unsanitary living conditions, to losing children to community violence, to never having the opportunity to fulfill their true potential, really brought my own challenges down to size.
I don’t mean to trivialize our experiences as women in business, or our feelings which are real and deserve to be heard, however we have to stay conscious that there are far greater struggles than figuring out what your next newsletter subject line will be. It’s humbling to realize that whatever you’re stressing over does not even compare to what many women in the world face every day.
We may not be able to take on all of the world’s challenges, but we do need to own the responsibility of our privilege. Today I invite you to reclaim the entrepreneurial dream and all of the challenges that come with it, seizing them as opportunities to have as much impact as you can. I definitely recommend watching the documentary shared below, and I’ve also included five tips for shaking off the stress and taking on your problems with a strengthened perspective.
Have Fun Being Uncomfortable
Because there’s no real guide book to entrepreneurialism, you’ll often find yourself in the awkward position of having to learn as you go. Embrace your naiveté as an opportunity instead of a challenge. Be excited, curious, and open, allowing a sense of possibility to guide you. It takes just as much energy to jog with a negative attitude as with a positive one, and there’s no doubt the latter joggers have a lot more fun.
Know That Everything Has a Solution
Your problems are not insurmountable, so don’t phrase them that way. Be solution-oriented, and you’re much more likely to bump into one. Instead of asking what’s going to happen if you can’t manage this, or if you fail at that, ask questions you actually want the answer to, such as how can I bring in this money, where can I find this person. Use empowering, affirmative language to remind yourself that you do have the ability to create the results you seek.
Be Available for Whatever it Takes
When there’s a problem, it’s not enough to just have faith in the solution, you have to decide to create it. Commit to not giving up until you have called in that solution, and trust that if you are truly ready to do whatever it takes for it to happen, the universe will have your back.
Let This Be Bigger Than You
When you choose to show up as the best version of yourself, making the decision to be in service and bring your work into the world, it will bless not only you but so many other people. You don’t have to have a savior complex about it, just remember that your life is meant to be used in a powerful way, and surrender the results to the universe.
Lead Your Team With Confidence
I can’t stress enough the importance of delegating! I know that at the beginning of your entrepreneurial path, you’re likely to be the one doing everything and it can be tricky to break out of that. I remember when I made my first hires, and I still had a slave girl mentality and stressed out over not wanting to impose on my team with my requests. You have to be confident in your expectations and empower the people around you to contribute to your vision. The more you can trust your team, the less overwhelm you’ll be in.
With unprecedented access, CARTEL LAND is a riveting, on-the-ground look at the journeys of two modern-day vigilante groups and their shared enemy – the murderous Mexican drug cartels. In the Mexican state of Michoacán, Dr. Jose Mireles, a small-town physician known as “El Doctor,” leads the Autodefensas, a citizen uprising against the violent Knights Templar drug cartel that has wreaked havoc on the region for years. Meanwhile, in Arizona’s Altar Valley – a narrow, 52-mile-long desert corridor known as Cocaine Alley – Tim “Nailer” Foley, an American veteran, heads a small paramilitary group called Arizona Border Recon, whose goal is to stop Mexico’s drug wars from seeping across our border. Filmmaker Matthew Heineman embeds himself in the heart of darkness as Nailer, El Doctor, and the cartel each vie to bring their own brand of justice to a society where institutions have failed. CARTEL LAND is a chilling, visceral meditation on the breakdown of order and the blurry line between good and evil.