Let’s just get real. My business is messy. It does not fit into a 10-step checklist or 5-week process. I used to think this was wrong and I had somehow missed the class or webinar that had all of the answers. I used to berate myself for my natural creativity and my chaotic process. I used to think everyone had the secret answer except me.
I finally understand. Being an entrepreneur is a dirty, messy, dishes-in-the-sink, papers-all-over-the-desk, website-with-broken-links daily experience. Who I am is not wrong. Who I am is actually totally right because I am created by God. I can’t run my business like you run your business because I am not you!
Owning our own divine journey is why we are entrepreneurs in the first place, but we get nervous and afraid when it takes so much longer than we think it should. We want to believe the magical 6-figure training programs, and we get seduced by the fantasy of overnight success.
Business is an art.
It takes longer than you want.
You will have to be uncomfortable a lot (and I mean a lot!).
You might get paint on your clothes or on the floor and for sure on the easel. I even have paint on my dishwasher. You see, in the second year after I launched the National Association of Christian Women Entrepreneurs (NACWE), I went through a divorce and I started to paint. I started to paint hearts. Heart Art by Diane was born.
I then started selling my paintings. People ordered them for gifts and to use in their offices. I was amazed. God was using something that came as a surprise to me to bless others. What a miracle. I still paint. It is still messy.
In fact, at the 2014 Catch on Fire Conference for NACWE, I had a blank canvas and invited every woman at the event to help me to create a masterpiece. This is what we created!
Allow the authentic, messy you to be fully alive in your business. Bring more of you to the table. Stop trying to fit the mold; break the mold. You will be astonished at what miracles start arriving!
Diane Cunningham is the Founder and President of the National Association of Christian Women Entrepreneurs. She is a “business therapist”, plane crash survivor, author, consultant, speaker, marathon runner, and fun friend.