Exclusively Ego Turns 1 – Here's My One Big Regret

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This last year has been insane. From the constant changes to missed opportunities, failed projects, and countless blessings, I’ve experienced more this last year than I ever thought possible.

Like with parenting, there is no amount of information, mentorship, guidance, or training that can prepare you for what’s to come. Launching and running a business truly is a roller coaster, and just like any roller coaster, we all experience it differently. Some people cheer, others scream in fear, or, if you’re like me, you get nauseous as soon as you buckle the seat.

I’ve felt every single emotion. I’ve smiled so hard my cheeks hurt, cried so much I thought I’d run out of tears, and have felt so blessed that I honestly didn’t think it could get any better (spoiler alert: it totally can).

As an entrepreneur, I’ve learned more about myself than any self-development course could have ever taught me. Granted, the course could have saved me thousands of dollars, but that’s beside the point. The last year has allowed me to get in touch with myself, my emotions, and my life’s purpose.  

As crazy as these last 365 days have been, I wouldn’t take any of it back. OK, maybe one thing. Want to know what my one major regret was?  

Caring WAY TOO MUCH what people thought. Whether it was about my business ideas, my marketing strategies (or lack thereof), or my price points, there was always something. I heard something from everyone. From colleagues I respected, to peers I didn't, and from those that ask, “how’s business going?” only to make themselves feel better about their decision to stay at their 9-5.

Putting too much importance on other’s thoughts, opinions, or ideas about and for my business drained me for far too long. They caused sleepless nights, anxiety, and way too much second-guessing about my plans.  

Today, I choose to transform that regret into a lesson. Today, I’m willing to listen, but only internalize that feedback that I know in my gut is beneficial to me. I plan on listening but not take things personally since the only person that has my business’s best intention at heart is me. Today and always, I plan to do only those things that make my soul happy.  

Like Dr. Wayne Dyer once said, “What other people think of me is none of my business”. 

I hope I made some sort of impact on your life this last year. Whether it was motivating you to thrift, revisit your passions, or try something new. My mission is to empower, and I plan to do a lot more of it in 2019. 

Cheers to new opportunities! 

XO,
Elizabeth