When I worked in the banking world (seems like a lifetime ago!) everything was pretty much decided for me. I had a boss who told me when to come in, how long I needed to be there, what to do when I was there, what my deadlines and goals were and overall what was expected of me. I also had colleagues who not only had certain expectations of me, but who also supported me and had my back. There was a team of support all around me and every supply I could ever want was normally always at hand.

Since Brian and I started our own business, we are our own bosses!

Ahhhh….FREEDOM! We get to make your own schedule, do things during the day we couldn’t when we worked for someone else, no one telling us what to do, how much to do and when to do it. We are the “master of your fate”.


That was great for a little while, but soon we realized we REALLY are the masters of our own fate. We were all set to do our “purposeful work”, our passion – but who was going to do all that other stuff that I was used to having departments of people to do for me?

Who was going to do the marketing, the sales, the printing, the scheduling, the website, the event planning? Who was going to keep us accountable, create the deadlines and challenge us to grow and expand and stretch?

That’s when we recognized that we had a little too much freedom and not a lot of structure and we needed to make a big shift into an “Entrepreneur Mindset”. We realized if we didn’t create our own support and accountability, our business wasn’t going to be around for very long and I would be heading straight back to the bank… to work… not to pull buckets of money out! :)

Shifting into the Entrepreneurial Mindset can make a huge difference in your business and create the groundwork for a solid, profitable foundation. So here are some ways that you can start moving into this new way of thinking for yourself and make sure you are creating an environment you and your business can thrive in.

1 – Give Yourself a Schedule – These hours can still be the hours you want to work, but you do need to schedule them and be very clear about your boundaries around them.

2 – Find the Right Administrative & Technical Support – We all need to be joyfully working in our own brilliance! Start looking at these tasks and figuring out which ones you really have to do yourself and which ones you can start getting support around.

Find someone (or several people) who know what they are doing and are able to take the work load off your plate (remember it’s about making it easier for you, not more difficult). Then schedule the time on your calendar to find your new Virtual Assistant or other support.

3 – Find the Right Mentorship – We are all too close to our own businesses to truly see what the next right steps are (or even where to start), to be accountable for those steps and to stretch ourselves into our own greatness.

The right mentor will support you not only in the structure, strategies and processes, but also help you keep a positive perspective, to have faith in yourself and stay on track with your goals and intentions for your business and your life.

It’s also important that your mentor is farther down the path (that you want to travel), so they can show you the way toward your success.

Author's Bio: 

Putting into action the very system and principles they teach, Paige Stapleton and Brian Stark left careers that were leaving them feeling small and unfulfilled and followed their bliss! Now, as founders of Authentic Marketing, and The Authentic Marketing System™, they have created a life they love helping healers, practitioners, therapists, coaches and other helping professionals build a thriving local practice as well as a powerful online presence, so they can create a consistent flow of clients and make more money without compromising their integrity.