As I grow older I seem to have become ever-more critical of myself, especially frustrated when I am behind on completing certain projects or goals that I set for my personal and business life. I am trying to grow wiser, but sometimes I guess the inability to reach the goals that I had for myself, does not always stand up to what my expectations were and are. It’s so easy to get caught up in believing that I am not good enough, clever enough, artistic enough, trained enough…and on it goes.

The thing is I am always striving to do my best and have believed that as long as I am working to improve, getting myself out there, having a go, reading and learning more, then progress is being made and that always should mean something…and you know what, I think it does.

The reason I bring this up is that I am often presented with versions of this same inner-critic when I visit a client, friend or acquaintance and visit their home for the first time. Most women are so quick to apologise for their home, their lack of interior design skills or lack of organisation. Sometimes we just need to cut ourselves a little slack and realise that design is not our area of expertise just like I couldn’t ever crunch numbers for a living. I’m just no good at it! Often times it’s a work in progress and this takes time when you are juggling so many things in your personal and work life. The main thing is that you make a start and no matter how small the steps forward because it’s the tiny bits of progress that matter.

  1. Write down all the things that you have achieved.
  2. Celebrate every win no matter how small – Treat yourself when you make progress.
  3. Hold your head high….your working on a business and you should be proud of what you’ve accomplished.
  4. Don’t talk yourself or your business down. Talk about it with strength, passion and conviction.

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Until next time,

Carmen x