Ever get the feeling that the road to success is a hurdle race?

If you have, then you’re not alone.

Contrary to popular belief, getting from point A to point B isn’t always a smooth transition. Actually, there are more ups and downs (and some more ups!) than you can possibly imagine.

However, entrepreneurship is a marathon, not a race, which means that if you want to finish running this marathon, you first need to get ready.

And the best way?

Start by developing your mindset and learn how to overcome any imaginary obstacles on your way to the top.

Raise your hand if you’ve ever managed to convince yourself not to do something simply because you’ve firmly believed…

Day by day, you dedicate huge chunks of your time to show up online… and yet nothing happens.

If this is you, it may be time to review what exactly you’re doing and how you’re representing your brand online.

Yes, consistency matters but doing it the right way matters too!

And the best part? It really doesn’t take much to see a massive difference in your results!

Here’s how to tell if your business can use a bit of polish and what you can do to upgrade your online presence.

Are you using a different color/font in your graphics every time you post on Instagram to spice things up? …

Fear has the worst reputation among business owners.

Don’t listen to it and ignore it is the top advice you’ll hear most often.

But if you ask me, it’s not always that simple.

Being scared isn’t necessarily a bad thing (after all, fear is what kept humanity alive), so completely blocking what fear has to say may not be that great of an idea.

However, there are moments when you shouldn’t believe a thing that hushed voice is saying.

With that being said, here are the five most common lies fear has you believe about your business and the real truth about them!

Yes, the Impostor Syndrome is real — and believe it or not, even the most experienced entrepreneurs sometimes feel out of…

Finally made the leap and now you proudly call yourself an entrepreneur?

Then this one’s for you!

If you ask others, most will agree that the first year in business is often the most challenging one.

And yet, with a little bit of guidance from seasoned entrepreneurs and a mind that’s ready to learn and grow, you can make this year one of the most significant ones in your life.

Here’s my best advice on how to make the most of your first year in business!

I wholeheartedly believe dreams shouldn’t fit into boxes or follow the status quo. Even the sky isn’t the limit anymore!

However, to make sure you’re going to make those dreams…

Have you ever wondered how some businesses seem to have an army of loyal fans-while others fade into oblivion a mere year after launching?

The difference often hides in the brand, or better said, in the brand personality.

The brand personality is what your brand displays in public, the way your brand behaves with its audience, the foundation of the connection you build with your audience. Put most simply, it’s the character of your brand!

And savvy entrepreneurs know the brand personality isn’t something that just happens… you have to strategically craft it beforehand!

With that being said, here’s a simple exercise to help you infuse some personality into your brand!

Hold on — wasn’t branding something…

Coming to terms with reality is hard when life pulls the rug out from under you.

Once the state of shock wears off, you start to recognize how you’ve been forever changed-how you can’t go back to the person you used to be. To the hopes you used to have or the life you used to love.

You start to notice the pieces of yourself that have gone missing because suddenly, there are things that seem impossible and overwhelming, even if you’ve done them a thousand times before. Suddenly, day to day life feels like a slog, the normalcy endlessly jarring your nervous system.

But as you begin to accept that things will never be what…

Do you have negative money beliefs?

The worldviews you hold about money determine not only your chances of success in the future but can also affect the quality of your life in the present.

Scary, right? I know!

Even though it may seem ridiculous that just a few thoughts can have that much of an influence over your life, it’s a well-known truth by now that changing your mindset is the first step to changing your life.

To help you get started, here’s one of my favorite strategies you can use to replace negative money beliefs with positive ones!

You can’t replace thoughts if you’re not even aware you’re having those thoughts… which is why it’s crucial to first identify the negative…

Life transitions-good and bad-create change.

If you’re dealing with a significant shift or transition that’s knocked the wind out of you, know that it’s completely normal to feel all sorts of hard and contradictory things.

Yes, even if it’s a positive, wanted life transition!

You may feel lost and like you no longer know or trust yourself. You may feel disoriented and scared about what’s coming next. You may feel grief and trepidation right alongside excitement and possibility.

At some points, you may even feel so overwhelmed with this new version of yourself and your life that you’d give everything to go back. …

If you’re going through hardships…⁣
If you’re disappointed things didn’t work out…⁣
If you’re feeling like a complete failure…⁣
If you’re uncertain, lost, or turned around…

Keep going, because this isn’t the end.

No matter how much life you’ve lived, you still have more to go.

Things are supposed to get messy and come undone as we grow because life is always shaping us into who we’re here to be. We’re always learning and becoming, shedding and releasing, for as long as we’re alive.

There are so many valuable lessons in life about grace, patience, and perseverance… and we can only uncover the purpose of our path…

Reclaiming has been a big part of my healing journey.

I couldn’t call or reach out to the people I loved, let alone pick out a card or do anything that resembled participation on special days. It would reduce me to a ball of panic in the middle of a grocery store, or I’d simply sit frozen and paralyzed by myself at home, jarred by every kind phone call or text message that came through. I felt personally attacked by everything merry at Christmas and oddly numb or empty as the many other occasions passed by me.

I’m still unsure about my relationship with some things… but I continue claiming…

Stephenie Zamora

Digital media and production company, publishing house, and full-service life-purpose development, branding, and online marketing boutique. StephenieZamora.com

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