I don't have a 6 figure success story and I'm still successful
I'm not making 6 figures. With all the push towards 6 figure businesses and someone telling you how to make it happen everywhere you turn, it's hard to admit that. But that doesn't mean that I'm not successful. Making 6 figures isn't the only way to do business.
Building an intentional business means that you have to define what success means for you. For some people, that might be making 6 figures. For others, that might mean making enough to support your family. Either path can take you to success and one is not better than the other.
Less Work More Life
I intentionally started off this year by doing less. I am taking fewer clients than ever for two reasons: to finally give myself time to work on all my own projects that I’ve never gotten to, and because I have 2 little ones with me all day and they need (and deserve) most of my attention.
My work time is limited. Very limited. And I’ve been spending most of that time this year working on personal projects which means no one is paying me to do it. My hope is that I am building things that will bring in an income in the future, but it requires the investment of time before that can happen.
So even though I knew this is what it would look like for a while, it’s still hard to swallow.
Seeing less money coming into the business makes me feel like I should be doing more. And then I head down the spiral of comparison and feeling like I’m not enough.
Have you ever felt this way?
We hear so many stories these days about how small business owners are making 6 figures (and trying to teach you how to do it too).
But the truth behind that screen is that making 6 figures requires time - something that we don’t always have to invest in our businesses, depending on our season.
The Lord Will Provide
I honestly believe that God always provides me with the work that I need in each season. I’ve experienced quick growth in this business. I’ve been blessed with some stellar clients that are honestly exactly the type of people I love to work with. And I’ve seen seasons of rest that allowed me to take breaks when needed to focus on my family.
This season, I am being led to blindly move forward without really knowing what will come next. I’m doing the work I need to do each day and focusing on what is in front of me right now.
Is it easy? No.
But my faith is stronger than ever and I know that if I keep my eye on the prize it will all work out in the end.
I'm still successful
Even though I'm not making 6 figures in my business right now, I am still successful. I am still providing an income for my family and in the actual hours that I get to sit in front of a computer and work, I am doing good work.
Your success is not defined in numbers and not defined in an industry "standard".
The word standard is in quotes because I think there is a false view of standard in our industry sometimes. You define your success. You can decide what success means to you and how you want to achieve that. It might be a slower journey than the person next to you and it might not look like everyone says it's supposed to, but it's ok.
So here’s to taking it one day at a time whether you’re making 6 figures or 1!