I know exactly why mompreneurs don’t dream big. Why? Because I have personally experienced this. It’s a challenge for many of us, myself included.
Sadly, there are so many things in life that hold us back from not only chasing our dreams, but thinking large, dreaming big, and moving forward with our goals.
Here are a few reasons why mompreneurs don’t dream big.
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We are afraid.
Yes, fear. There’s that old word again. We’re afraid of so many things: namely, what people will think about us.
Sometimes we’re afraid to step forward in those things that are new, different, and challenging. No worries, a lot of us feel that way, and it is completely normal. Nonetheless, that 4-letter word FEAR tends to keep us back from a lot in life. Once we begin to overcome fears one step at a time we’ll start to walk in freedom.
I’m still overcoming my own sets of fears. (Notice I said “sets”). I’m no where near the freedom I’d like to experience but I trust that with a few precise action steps and support I need along the way, I’ll get closer and closer to getting free of fears.
Growing up my teen years in the deep South, I found that it’s been a challenge to keep faith in myself while maintaining a sense of what I thought was humility. I thought being humble meant deflecting compliments and not taking ownership of my successes.
Any time I took ownership with a “thank you” or just received a compliment, I immediately felt shame- as though somehow I was allowing myself to be prideful.
Family, friends, and relatives and how they view us do affect us. It’s important to understand that we live in the now, not in the past.
We love our aunts and cousins, grandparents, and long-time friends, and we value their opinions.
But the key is not to value their opinions while undervaluing ourselves.
We can still value our family, our culture, and our future while lifting them up and not putting ourselves down.
Afraid that we might fail
Business involves taking risks. Taking risks is inevitable and can’t be avoided. We’ll have to give up our time, energy, and money in order to create an entity (the business) which begins to live and breathe on its own. And the key here is that risk can sometimes involve failure…but many times it involves successes.
I’ve been watching men and their responses to life challenges. Many of the men I know personally, such as my father, my husband, my uncles, cousins- they take risks, and they do so with less struggle than most women I know. I find women in general to be more careful and calculating with less tolerance for risk…and I honestly think that’s a good thing.
(Now, that’s not always the case, of course, and I’m using over-generalizations here. And then there’s the mere fact that just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so is risk.
But I also feel that in business, there has got be a little bit of drive for risk-taking that takes us over the edge and gets us moving in the direction. In business we need a little spunk, a little sass, a little but of that crazy energy that takes us over the edge to where we want to go in life.
What are your reasons for not dreaming big? It’s okay to dream small, too. Small dreams eventually turn into bigger ones.
But if you want to dream bigger, reach for more, move higher…why not?