Ask entrepreneurs who they follow, who they learn from, who their guru is, and you’ll get lots of answers.
You’ll get TED talks to listen to, blogs to read, people to follow on Twitter. You can order a stack of books taller than you that tell you how to excel in your business. A lot of them are amazing, but today I’m going to tell you about the one business guru you have to follow.
It’s you. Yes, you!
You are your own best entrepreneurial guru.
I’m not saying you can’t learn a lot from others. That’s one of the reason I started my Mama CEO Club and why I’m hosting 15 of my Mama CEO friends for next week’s Mama CEO Talks (Sign up here!)
But as a Mama CEO, you need to trust yourself.
You’ve probably been through this on the Mama side, you read and read and listened to all the experts, but somewhere in there, crying it out didn’t feel quite right or even though your child didn’t have a fever, you knew something was wrong. That’s your mama instinct kicking in. That little voice that may not have all the answers, but it senses when you’re on the right path.
You have business intuition too—you just need to learn to listen to it.
Recently, mine was to take some time to plan and schedule. It always makes me feel more in control, to know exactly what needs to be done.
So, I asked a bunch of Mama CEOs for the advice they needed to hear that day. Here are some of their responses:
- “Go to bed EARLY! Shut down computer at 9pm and have an hour just for yourself reading, painting, playing … whatever … just NOT working!” – Ursula Markgraf
- “Rest! It’s ok to take a break sometimes.” –Beryl Young
- “Go for a walk over lunch. You’ll feel better and you’ll come back to tackle the afternoon with a fresh perspective, which your clients will love.” – Jules Taggart
- “Hire that VA…it will shrink that “thick file of want to implement.” – Latosha Jenkins
- “Give yourself some grace… Rome wasn’t built in a day, and your business won’t be either (you hear that self??)” – Hannelene Lezel Beillard
- “I don’t have to be perfect. I just have to be real.” – Christine Merritt
- “Stick to your to-do list. You made a plan for a reason.” – Parrish Wilson
- “Manage your expectations. You can do it all, just not all at once. Prioritize then give yourself grace for what falls through the cracks.” – Desiree Jester
- “Focus, breathe and focus.” – Jessica Riverson
- “ Right now, life’s crazy. So for me it’s to listen to my intuition, focus on one task at a time, drink lots of water and use music to calm thoughts or to dance.” – Nicholette von Reiche
- “Don’t forget to breathe.” – Joanna Byrne
- “Stay focused and get off Facebook; )” – Nikki Richardson-Halladay
- “Focus” – Melissa Seifer Cohen
- “Google helps you find the professionals, not be the professional.” – Tamsen Horton
- “Set a timer for a set amount of time, do a specific task, when you are done, set timer for 10 minutes, get up, go around your home and empty all the garbage cans/recycling. Take it out to the curb, put it in your main bin, throw it down the chute, put it in the garage–how ever your garbage is collected–get it out of the house. There, your coffee break’s over. Now get back to work.” – Kath OMalley
- “Forgive yourself for being human. It’s normal to not be our best selves 100% of the time.” – AJ Rudnick
- “Don’t forget to EAT!! (yup, happens every day till dinner when I have to feed other people).” – Adrienne Christine Sweat
- “Focus.” – Kelly Pietrangeli
- “My Mama CEO tip for staying sane in winter: When they are predicting a big storm and you’re pretty sure your kids won’t have school, clear your schedule as much as you can. If you have more time than expected to get stuff done, you’ll be pleasantly surprised; if your kids don’t have school, you can feel satisfied by what you do get done and avoid snapping at them all day because you aren’t getting it done. I don’t think my kids have had a full week of school since before Christmas. I’m getting good at this one.” – Sara Barry
- “Go eat lunch!” – Kathy Stowell
- “Eat that frog! AKA do the most important thing first…. let the little stuff and the breakfast dishes slide….” – Christine Sheehy
- “Breathe, breathe, breathe. And then get back to work.” – Julia Baumann Sarver
- “PRIORITIZE and take your ADD meds so you can FOCUS!” – Selena Maestas Moffitt
- “I am where I’m supposed to be:)” – Suzanne Caesar
- “Celebrate the smallest of victories!” – Deb Riggs-Martens
- “No matter what you see, what you here or what your mind is telling you, you are whole,you are complete…you are worthy. xxxx” – Kim Ellayne Nuttall
- “Make a weekly dinner plan. It’s a sanity saver for me!” – Kim Daniels
- “I am enough, I have everything that I need, I am exactly where I’m supposed to be, Breathe, Trust the process, I am loved, I can do this!” – Lynne Newman
I love these simple reminders. These mamas were tuning in to their business intuition. They were being their own day-to-day guru.
You are your own best guru. So today, instead of getting caught up in the shoulds, trust yourself to know what you need.
Ask yourself, what do I need today?
Whatever it is, trust yourself to take the next right step. And the next one. And the next one. But start with right now.
What do you need, what one step can you take, to be successful today?
You know what it is. Listen to yourself—then go out and rock it.
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That is a lot of wisdom! Thanks for sharing.
Love this. So true. This year I decided to unsubscribe from most of the biz related promo flooding my inbox. I’ve spent WAY too much money on education that I’m not using — mainly because I don’t have time. realizing that I must listen to MY intuition and do what feels right…not necessarily what everyone else is doing. It will all work out in its own time. I’m a firm believer in Divine Timing 🙂
LOVE this list of advice. And am pondering what it means that so much of it was some form of “take it easier on yourself”. Wise words indeed.
I loved it the day you put this in the Facebook group and all of these amazing responses came pouring in! So happy you captured it all here for us to access it again easily.
Funnily enough I have a programme coming out called Guru of You! I also believe that we mamas are the experts of ourselves!
Keep doing what you’re doing Megan. You’re awesome.