Hi there. My name is Yvonne Weld and I grew up in an entrepreneurial world so it’s not surprising that I would start my own business. The entrepreneurial journey has been full of bumps and lessons and here’s the biggest lessons I have learned along the way ….
Lesson #1 – Without a Plan, Your Vision will Stay a Vision!
You do not know how many times since starting my business in 2006 I would create a plan in January with all these hopes and dreams and December 31st I would realize my business was in a very, very similar place.
I knew I was a dreamer … a visionary … and I had big dreams and wishes for my business. This was not the problem; I just could not figure out why I was not moving forward. I was taking action, just not enough (or the right) action to make it happen.
Often I would suffer from what other people deemed “shiny object syndrome” and it got to a point my husband would joke with me and say … what about your last idea?
Learning About Sacred Gifts Was My Shining Moment!
In 2017, I was introduced to a fantastic lady named Monique MacDonald and she introduced me to Sacred Gifts. I realized in business there are 3 people you need to be truly successful in business; a visionary, a planner and an implementer.
I learned when you are in your gifts you feel on purpose every single day!
Where I Feel on Purpose!!
I know I am in my genius zone when I embrace my value as a Business Consultant and wholeheartedly share my brilliance, expertise and intelligence with the world. I know from the core of my being that I can help entrepreneurs to reach the vision they desire!
This was a hard lesson to learn because I had always been the “behind the scenes” supporter. As a legal assistant, an executive assistant, as an office manager and finally as a virtual assistant. I had always stayed behind the scenes and been afraid to step out to the skills I knew were deep down inside of me. It was easier to “stay behind the scenes.”
It wasn’t until I realized my gifts I was able to fulfill my life’s purpose by embracing my talents, skills and gifts and being open to any and all doors that are opened by the universe as a result of embracing these gifts and sharing them with the world. See I realized I could use all the skills and gifts I had learned throughout the years to do better, to be better for others!
Since embracing this, I have been told by others my greatest skillset is in helping entrepreneurs to strengthen their teams because I have been on so many teams and know what works and doesn’t work. My clients feel after working with me, people on their team feel 100% satisfied in their role in the company. That together with their step-by-step plan for growth, both from an HR perspective and from an overall business vision, they are feeling more relaxed and excited with their business than they have in years. The best part is because I understand the behind the scenes, I am able to not just tell them where they should go and what they need to do … I can also give them the exact steps it takes to get them there!
This excites me every single day and the exhilaration from feeling on purpose cannot be put into words!
Giving Myself a Break!
Even more importantly, something she said made me realize why my business was not seeing the same success many of my other clients were seeing. It was this simple statement:
You may not be able to use your gifts for your own benefit to the same extent that they show up for others ~ Monique MacDonald
That was like a lightbulb moment …
Implementation is the Key
As soon as I began to surround myself with others who had these Sacred Gifts themselves I was then able to really see the success I needed.
I went outside my business and began working with a Business Coach who became my planner. He gave me the tools I needed to create the plan, a plan that would work with an easy to follow step-by-step guide.
I also turned to my team and relied on their implementation skills! I soon began to realize many other business owners like me might not have these people in their own businesses!
This leads us to the next lesson …
Lesson #2 – It Takes a Village!!! The Important Part is Making Sure the Right People are Building Your Village with You!
I would not have the success I have had today if it was not for the amazing team I have surrounded myself with. I knew I could not achieve the business of my dreams alone and if I was to survive and thrive I needed to release some of my limiting thoughts! I knew there would always be an “invisible” ceiling if I stayed all by myself in business!
The funny thing is I did not always feel this way … I started out with many of the same beliefs I have heard so many entrepreneurs say …
I believed I would never, ever find someone who could do what I did exactly as I did it. I believed the services I provided were only able to be provided based on the life experiences I had because afterall it was the skills and the lessons I had learned along the way that allowed me to provide the insights and quality services for my clients. I believed absolutely everything was in my head and there was absolutely no way someone could be taught to serve my clients as I did.
If I had a dollar for every time I said “I can do it faster and easier myself” or “no one will ever do it exactly the way I want it done” I would be a very, very rich woman! The funny thing is it was not until I let go of these feelings and found a way to understand these statements were myths that I really, truly began to have the success I needed.
Once I understood these beliefs were all limiting my business and keeping me from the vision and the success I really wanted I was able to start to embrace the fact there may just be a way to change this. Through my self-discovery process I developed a process that I have been able to use over and over with my clients to help them create the business of their dreams, just as I had.
Since releasing this belief I have built my business to include 3 dynamic team members who believe in my business vision as much as I do! The key was I learned to find the right people and created a culture where others wanted to be a part of my team and wanted to help me achieve my vision!
What Got You Here Will Not Necessarily Get You There!
Along the way, I have made a ton of mistakes …
- I have hired the wrong people
- I have lost great people
- I have had the right people in the wrong seats
See something I heard my business coach say was “what got you here is not going to get you there.” The people I needed in my business to reach the first level in my business would either need to adjust to get me to level two or I would need to find other people to get me to the next level.
I believe I needed to learn these lessons in order to create the dynamic team I have today.
Lesson #3 – If Your Business is Reliant on You to Survive, if Something Happened Would You Be Prepared?
I cannot stress enough how important this third lesson was ….
The first time I had to step away from my business was on June 7, 2014. That was the day my whole world changed in a single text message. That message read something like ‘I’m sorry, but I just can’t do it anymore. Tell the kids I love them and I’m sorry.‘
Thankfully luck was on my side that day and we were able to save my husband. Even more thankfully I had taken the time to set up the systems, the processes, the structure, the automation and the team that would allow me to take the time away from my business I needed.
In 2016, my mother was diagnosed with cancer. I needed to put my life on hold and be there; be there not only for support but to ensure I would create memories that would last a lifetime. Again I needed to step away and I know the same reasons I was able to step away in 2014 were evident once again.
These are not the only times I needed to step away from my business since starting in 2006. There have been both short-term absences and long-term absences where my business has not only survived but thrived. And I owe all of that to the work I put in upfront.
How I Learned This Lesson
When I was twenty-eight years old, my father had a heart attack. At the time he owned his own business and did absolutely everything on his own. He worked in the field from sun up to sundown, taking breaks only to meet with new prospective clients. After dinner and on weekends, he would spend hours in his office doing the administrative tasks and preparing quotations for new work. The only time this wasn’t the case was when he was out at night attending community functions as a means of keeping his business at the forefront of his client’s minds.
I had known this lifestyle forever as my father had been an entrepreneur my entire life. Quite often I can remember eating dinner without my father as he dealt with some issue that had arisen that day at work. The thing is this lifestyle was not sustainable and the heart attack was evidence of this.
We had thought he learned this lesson six years earlier when at my wedding he professed to me that he felt badly he had missed out on my entire life. He swore that day he would not continue to make that same mistake. This lasted only a short time before he was back to his old ways. However, the heart attack was definitely the wake-up call he needed to make a change.
As a result of the heart attack, I did what I felt was necessary and left my corporate job to help him in his business. I took the time to help him set up the systems and automation that were lacking. This allowed him to stop working nights and weekends and actually spend more time with his family. Together we grew his business from three to fifteen at the time of his retirement. When it was time to retire it was easy for him to sell his business because everything was in place for someone new to easily step in.
One password was all I needed …
When I started my own business, I immediately set up systems and processes, automated what could be automated and set up a team who knew my business as much as I did. I did this even when I thought I couldn’t afford to do any of this. This all paid off on June 7, 2014, when I simply sent Patty (one of my team members) a text with one simple password that gave her access to everything. It was then that I learned a very valuable lesson… I couldn’t afford to not have a business that was prepared!
Since then having these things in place has allowed me to assist both my son and husband during their mental health journeys. I was able to spend valuable time with my mother during the last few months of her life after a lengthy battle with cancer. And even take vacations without feeling tied to my business.
Don’t break my heart …
It breaks my heart when I hear business owners who are faced with the horrible decision of business or family. They are faced with a time in their lives where a family member, a friend or even they themselves need to focus somewhere else. They are heartbroken because they know their clients are depending on them, but so is their family. While they know they must step away from their business they struggle as they cannot fathom not being there to assist their loved one but fear what their business will look like when they return.
It further breaks my heart when I hear of business owners who haven’t had a vacation in years or at least a vacation unplugged and away from their clients. They simply can’t ‘afford’ the time away or haven’t taken the time to ensure others can step in during their absence. I worry they too are heading towards their own personal heart attack.
I’m so excited to share with you that this does not have to be the way! You can not only have a business that will survive whatever obstacle life throws your way, but also thrive!! It’s up to you to take the first step and declare ‘I’m ready to make a change.’
Are You Ready to Make a Change?
If you are ready to make your business vision a reality, stop working crazy hours, making excuses about family time and stop believing your business is all about you and finally, get back to the lifestyle you want, let’s chat about how we can help make that happen!
Let us show you how to love your business again and learn how to create a business that can run both with you and without you so you can get back to living life on your own terms!!