Last week I spent an incredible seven days in Courchevel France, skiing for the very first time in my life and I don’t mind telling you this, but I actually fell over and cried.
My first day was with a private instructor and I seemed to catch on really quickly, and only fell over twice (once was going around a very steep corner and it was a spectacular fall), but I got back up, dusted myself off and continued to ski down the mountain.
The second time was with my husband (who no doubt is going to be reading this email - he’s on my list and reads my newsletters every Monday. #bless). And he unwittingly took me down a more advanced path than what I was ready for, and honestly, it scared the hell out of me.
I was trying to go as slow as I could (which isn’t like me - I love speed) but I gained too much momentum and lost my balance. I fell over and cried from the pressure, the fear and the exhaustion. (I hail from Australia, and I’m more of a beach and bikini gal!).
But here’s the thing, even though the tears unwillingly poured down my cheeks, I got back up and finished the journey because I knew I had to face my fears in order to become a better skier. After all “success is a journey, not a destination” (Ralph Arbitelle).
To get the results I wanted, to be successful and one day ski as well as my husband, I knew I had to face my fears, get back on those skis and experience all the highs and lows of the journey myself.
And it’s just like building a business. There’ll be times when things are really hard, like maybe when you’re piecing together your website, connecting your email address to your domain or linking your thank you page to your landing page (seriously, it can be tricky!) and it just gets the better of you.
Maybe you’ve been updating your sales page and it didn’t save (been there!) and after hours and hours of squinting at the screen creating incredible copy, in the blink of an eye, it's gone.
Or perhaps there’ll be times when you run ad campaigns to build your list so you can sell your services, only to spend all that money on Facebook ads to hear crickets!
Listen, I get it. As an entrepreneur it can be scary. (If it was easy, everyone would do it!).
I’ve been there. I’ve been the woman spending hours and hours at her computer screen until 3am in the morning.
I’ve lost unsaved website copy and had my account suspended from advertising and it hurt. (I cried over that last one, so if that’s you, Gorgeous, then know that I’ve been there, and I get it).
But just like crying on the ski slopes,crying into my pillow over a Facebook Ad issue isn’t going to get me the level of success that I desire.
Gorgeous, I know there are tough times on the entrepreneurial journey that test every single ounce of your energy and maybe you’ve considered throwing in the towel (I thought about asking Chris to carry me down the mountain - but I didn’t!).
But remember, it’s about the journey, not the destination.
Every time you stumble, it makes you stronger, and every spectacular fall (whether on a pair or skis or not) adds to your journey and makes it more compelling to your clients.
Take it from me, I’ve stumbled and fallen a few times as I built my business (you don’t get to 6-figures in 10 months without hitting a few bumps along the way) but every single time I’ve faced a challenge, I’ve dusted myself off and moved forward.
And that’s what you need to do as well, Gorgeous.
One thing I know for sure is that every single stumble, bump or fall makes you stronger and even if it doesn’t feel like it at the time, it’s a lesson for you to add to your story so you can become a student of that lesson and pass it on to someone else.
Enjoy the ride, Gorgeous. It’s going to be worth it!