When I started my business, I remember getting so overwhelmed with building (from scratch) my website in Wordpress that I had an emotional meltdown.
Here's the thing: I didn't (and still don't) know how to create a website from scratch using Wordpress, and I didn't enjoy trying to learn it. I knew just enough coding from my own Google education to change a few colors and adjust headers and footers.
I was spending so much time and energy trying to do something that I wasn't qualified to do, on top of ALL the other stuff I thought I had to do to get my business off the ground.
I was trying to do everything and I was driving myself crazy.
About 6 months into running my business I became so irritated that success had not fallen upon me yet. What the hell was taking so long!? I was committed. I was working my ass off. I was crying out loud to the universe for signs, for crying out loud.
There were about a billion things I needed to do to make my business grow, and I felt immense pressure at the time to do it all and do it fast.
Because if I stopped or slowed down, my business was gonna stop, too. And the time between my present and my Super Awesome Successful Future was gonna get longer. Right?
Over time, I wised up and realized that there are certain things I enjoy doing--and that I'm really good at--and other things that I should let someone else do.
Success doesn't happen overnight and it might happen faster if I found some help.
Maybe you've been in the same place, or maybe you're there now. You know that feeling of wanting everything to be just right before you move forward. You want to do it all and feel like a professional. You're also operating on a budget, and paying for help feels impossible.
But I want you to know this:
1. You don't have to do it all, and
2. Doing everything all at once, as soon as possible, is not going to accelerate your success.
Success takes time. And with all that time comes experience. Success takes that, too. Tweet this!
Once I stepped away from my pitiful attempt at building my own website, I realized that there were endless resources available that would provide me with a beautiful website and less stress. These options ranged from free website templates that were actually very beautiful, to paying an expert a pretty penny to create something totally custom. As my business grows, I slide up the scale proportionate to what I can afford and how much I am willing to invest (I now use Squarespace for this blog and Shopify for Casey D. Sibley Art + Design).
As my business evolves, I am even better at deciding what help and tools to invest in that will make my life easier.
Similarly, there are all the things I am good at and all the ideas I have for my business. That's when it's tempting to create endless todo lists and stress myself out trying to execute all my ideas.
But I have to remember:
1. I don't have to execute them all, right now, and
2. Doing everything all at once, as soon as possible, will not accelerate my success.
If you find yourself building impossible lists, and beating yourself up over not being able to get to everything fast enough (and comparing your progress to someone else's success portrayed online), stop it right now!
Pick one thing. Focus on that. Don't let your list overwhelm you to the point that you end up not doing anything.
Organize everything you want to do by priority according to what you love the most, and what has the best chance of helping you make money (so that you can keep doing what you love the most. See the cycle?).
Then start at the top.
Don't let overwhelm keep you from doing the things that you love and pursuing the life of your dreams. Tweet this!
Do one thing and do it really well.