As a mompreneur coach, I stumbled upon a mind-blowing concept during my morning audiobook session (after surviving the chaos of breakfast, of course). It’s a concept that holds tremendous significance for all entrepreneurs, especially us moms juggling business pursuits with the joy (and occasional chaos) of motherhood.
In this blog post, I want to shed light on the dangers of perfectionism, offer a new perspective, and inject a healthy dose of humor to bring happiness and fulfillment to our journey.
The Dangers of Perfectionism
Entrepreneurs, driven by a determined desire to excel, often find themselves in the never-ending race for perfection. It’s like chasing a unicorn in stilettos—you’re left exhausted and wondering if magic is even real. But let’s face it, constantly comparing ourselves to an idealized version of success only leads to endless dissatisfaction.
It’s time to embrace the imperfections and celebrate our progress.
Instead of obsessing over that elusive unicorn, let’s take a moment to appreciate how far we’ve come. Reflect on the past—remember when you rocked mom jeans like nobody’s business, or your business idea was just a scribble on a napkin.
Look at you now, slaying both motherhood and entrepreneurship!
Progress may not be lightning-fast, but it’s like finding the perfect parking spot at a busy shopping mall—a small victory worth celebrating (cue the happy car dance).
Gratitude and Perspective
As mompreneurs, we’re fortunate to lead fulfilling lives compared to many others. But here’s the twist: endless dissatisfaction, like an overcaffeinated superhero, can zap the happiness out of our lives.
Our kids learn from us, and if they see us constantly unsatisfied, they might think that finding happiness is as likely as spotting a mermaid at a coffee shop. So let’s break the cycle and show them that progress and contentment are the keys to success.
A Lesson for Future Generations
A disheartening statistical trend highlights the correlation between teenage suicide and success. Many of these tragic cases involve teenagers who have excelled academically or in sports and come from successful families.
By emulating their parents’ mindset of perpetual dissatisfaction, these young individuals believe they can never be truly happy, regardless of their accomplishments. It is essential for us, as parents and mompreneurs, to break this cycle and teach our children the importance of celebrating progress and finding contentment in the journey.
Picture this: our kids growing up thinking happiness is like winning the lottery—it’s always just out of reach, and the odds are about as good as finding a four-leaf clover in a haystack. Let’s teach them otherwise!
Happiness is more like a box of chocolates—sometimes it’s right in front of you, and you just have to enjoy each delicious bite. By embracing our journey, celebrating progress, and savoring the sweetness of life, we’re setting a positive example for our children, empowering them to find fulfillment in their endeavors.
Embrace Your Journey
Being a mompreneur is like participating in a never-ending reality show called “The Business Bachelorette: Can She Find Love and Success at the Same Time?” Spoiler alert: It’s a rollercoaster of tears, laughter, and a surprising amount of coffee.
So, let’s raise our imaginary glasses (or real ones, depending on the time of day) to this wild ride! Embrace the ups, the downs, and that occasional coffee spill—it’s all part of our extraordinary journey.
I am not free of this perfectionism quilt at all
I got so mad yesterday as I was putting together the shelves in the kids’ room (and I thought I’d do this fun project with the kids). BAD IDEA! Within the first 10 minutes, a small piece was broken. I sent a charging look to the person involved. He was sad; I was miserable. Not a great situation based on this blog post’s ideas!
I quickly changed the perspective – it’s a shelf in the kids’ room. Sooner or later, there will be a crack or some other defect. And it’s going in the corner of the room. Nobody even notices.
We quickly thought of a solution – Grandpa adds a few screws if necessary, and we’re good enough:) But what we achieved – we got the shelf assembled without Dad. Yay!
- Embrace Imperfect Action: Instead of waiting for the perfect moment or the perfect plan, take action. Start before you feel ready, knowing that progress comes from taking those first steps. Remember, even baby steps count!
- Practice Self-Care: As a mompreneur, it’s easy to neglect self-care. However, taking care of yourself is crucial for your well-being and success. Schedule regular breaks, prioritize sleep (I know it sounds impossible, but do your best!), eat nourishing meals, and make time for activities that recharge you.
- Develop a Support System: Surround yourself with like-minded individuals who understand the unique challenges of being a mompreneur. Join networking groups, attend conferences, or connect with fellow mompreneurs online. Having a support system can provide encouragement, advice, and a sense of camaraderie.
- Practice Gratitude: Take a moment each day to reflect on your gratitude. It could be small wins, supportive family and friends, or even the flexibility that being a mompreneur provides. Cultivating a grateful mindset can help shift your focus from what’s lacking to what’s abundant in your life.
- Celebrate Your Wins: Take time to acknowledge and celebrate your achievements, no matter how small they may seem. Celebrating milestones boosts your motivation, reinforces positive behavior, and reminds you of your progress.
As mompreneurs, we have the power to shape not only our lives but also the lives of our children. It’s time to let go of the pursuit of perfection and embrace our progress.
Remember, it’s not about comparing ourselves to an idealized version of success; it’s about recognizing how far we’ve come and allowing ourselves to experience joy and contentment along the way.
So, here’s to celebrating milestones, savoring small victories, and finding fulfillment in every step of our entrepreneurial and motherhood adventure. Cheers, fellow mompreneurs!