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Ep 21// My Top Tips for Success When Starting Something NEW! Business Basics for Building a Strong..

Updated: Mar 24, 2022

I see you mama, trying to get clarity on that NEW THING…grasping for the courage to take the next step.

-Maybe it’s something you WANT to do or maybe it’s a change that just needs to happen?

-Maybe you are looking to start a new business?

-Maybe you’re finally ready to pursue that “side hustle” you’ve been thinking about?

-Maybe you’re feeling called to start homeschooling for the first time?

-Maybe it's time to commit to a diet or health program... or even prioritize a weekly date night or something fun in your life?

Whatever the are going to need to prepare!

In today’s episode, I’m sharing my top tips for success when starting something NEW! These are the strategies I use time and time again in my own personal life.

We’re talking about 3 specific strategies to solidify NOW before you start that business or take that leap of faith.

This conversation is loaded with practical application and I MAY rock your world with a little SELF DEVELOPMENT bombshell too!

If you need courage and clarity so that you can move forward with confidence;

AND stand on a rock-solid foundation to commit, take action, EXECUTE ...AND stick with it ...don’t miss these FIRST STEPS to success!






Full Episode Transcription:

Welcome back to The Nourishing Mompreneur Podcast, where we get encouraged and empowered as we pursue our greatest potential within the walls of our home. Hey Mama, my name is Michelle Hiatt, and I'm so thankful you're here. Do you feel like your life is good, but something in you feels unfulfilled? Do you feel stuck in the trenches of motherhood, exhausted and working so hard, but feeling like you're getting nowhere? Do you have big dreams you hold in your heart, but you've been living small? Are you motivated for more, but don't have the clarity or the courage to do anything about it? Do you want to discover God's best and see if it's really possible to be an excellent wife, an intentional mother, and be successful in business, all for the glory of God?

As a wife of 16 years, a homeschooling mom of five, and an entrepreneur, I know exactly how you feel. Every bit of it. I truly believe that the most important work you will ever do is within the walls of your home and that there is purpose in every season. If you are a fellow business-minded mama, with a heart for home and a love for Jesus, let's process this journey and grow together.

In today's episode, I'm sharing my top tips for success when starting something new. These are the strategies that I use time and time again in my own personal life. Speaking of new, I want to take a minute and celebrate that today, June 1, this new podcast is officially two months old. Yay!!

Last week, The Nourishing Mompreneur podcast, flew past 1,000 downloads and I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for listening, for sharing and for supporting this podcast and this new project of mine. If you've been listening for a couple of episodes at this point, you are my girl and I want to ask a favor of you. Please if you haven't already scroll to the bottom of this episode, or this podcast to rate and leave a quick review and be sure to share this podcast on your social media or privately with your friends. This is not for me to get famous or anything like that. But it's to spread the awareness that this encouraging free content is available to other women just like us. I know that we as entrepreneurs, as mothers as wives as business owners, we need all the support that we can get for this journey and I need your help to spread the word and share the love as I continue to pour out my precious time on this platform. So right now pause this episode take a minute to support this show and also I just want to ask for your feedback. Send me an email at, tell me what you'd like to hear more of, what questions do you have? What topics would you like to hear discussed? Anything goes just let me know. I want to know how I can better serve you because this is really about serving you in greater capacity. So I just want to know that and I sincerely love and appreciate your input.

We're talking about three specific strategies, some other great tips sprinkled in there but three strategies to solidify now before you start that business or take that leap of faith. This conversation is loaded with practical application and I may just rock your world with a little self development bombshell. So listen in for that towards the end. But if you need courage and clarity so that you can move forward with confidence. If you want to stand on a rock solid foundation so that you can commit, take action execute. That's the hard part and more importantly, stick with it long term stay in the game. Don't miss these first steps to success

Hey, Mama, if you are in a position of starting something new, it could be a business or it could be anything really. Today's episode is going to be just what you need to hear. If we're all honest here, life and seasons are constantly changing. So this conversation really applies. To everyone and should be revisited time and time again. Maybe you're looking to start a new business. Finally pursue that side hustle you've been thinking about it's summertime, you've got more time you're ready to do that thing. Maybe you are looking at this year and you're like man, I'm not really happy with the school system and how this year panned out. With COVID and all this stuff, I'm ready to make a change. I'm ready to start homeschooling my kids. Maybe that's the new thing that you're looking to do as you look ahead to the next year. Maybe you are ready to commit to a diet or health program. You're ready to get that summer BOD in shape. Mom BOD maybe you're just ready to prioritize weekly date night when going whatever the case, there are some foundational steps that you need to get clear on before you start moving forward. And as I would tell my kids first things first movement is so valuable in life. I was at the beach this past week with my husband just for a few days we snuck away. And let me just say something I don't know. Every time we get away every time we slow down enough to just listen to hear to remove the stress and all the distractions. I'm telling you there's always some kind of beautiful breakthrough or fresh revelation, there's something good and significant that happens and a shift that takes place that actually helps propel us forward in in our life and business and our family and whatever we're pursuing. It's just so beneficial.

So that's a side note but I just want to mention that because if you are struggling with like, I don't have time to rest. I don't have time to get away with my husband for a night or two. I don't have time to take that family vacation. I want to tell you you can't afford not to because the more I learned, the more I realized the value and the significance of rest and how it actually propels you forward and serves a big purpose in your growth. So don't get confused. I'm learning this myself, but I'm telling you what you do in the downtime is just as important as what you do when you're in the midst of the game and in the hustle. So I was at the beach with my husband past few days and I was just walking on the beach and I was reminded by looking at the ocean. Like God desires movement in our life.

When you look at the ocean, there's so much activity. It's crazy. The waves are coming and rolling and crashing and there's just so much movement. Life comes in waves and although it feels way more predictable and uncomfortable than we may be desire, it is for our own good. Sometimes as moms we can feel stuck or stagnant and when there's not a lot of movement. It's like we're a pond we feel gross, we feel yuck. We have like algae growing because there's no movement and it just, it's depressing. It's depressing and maybe you need to get out of your rut and start moving and you need a fresh flow. And so just take that to the Lord and ask him to give you vision and a fresh flow. And make yourself available to let him move in and through you because we want to be a river a steady flowing stream. I know for me I would love to just be a steady beautiful Brook that's flowing and at peace and just making movement. If you have a really crazy audacious personality, maybe you want to be like the ocean full of fluctuation and adventure. Either way, need to embrace movement and growth in your life.

So today, let's talk about first things first so that whatever you are pursuing, you can number one get clarity so that you can move forward with confidence. And number two, once you have that clarity, you can commit and actually execute. That's the key thing I know for me as a mom, I'm super intentional. I have such great intentions for everything but making a happen and actually executing. That's another story. So that's where we want to get to. It's easy to write out our plans and set intentions but like I just said it's hard to take action. But if you set a strong foundation, you'll set yourself up for success and make that movement towards your goals. So as moms living with purpose, we don't want to just talk the talk we want to walk the walk.

So the first thing that we need to do or we're starting something new whenever we're starting something fresh whenever we're re committing to something is we need to know our why the Bible even talks about how important it is. We don't need to just set our goals and set our resolutions or whatever you want to call them at the first of the year. We should continually be doing this in all areas of our life.

Habakkuk 2:2 says "The Lord answered me, write the vision make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it."

We need to be intentional. Write it down, have a clear vision know our why. You've got to know your why and really first is just ask God about everything. You are in a partnership with God. You're in a covenant relationship with the Holy Spirit as a kingdom entrepreneur, so don't ever forget that he is key to the whole process. What he says matters more than what our heart desires. Ultimately, we want to pray that like God, make my desires, your desires and as I seek you and know you, make my heart reflect your heart for my life because your intentions are always good for me and I can trust you that you know best no matter what.

When I first started business, gosh, I don't even know how many years ago I had three kids. I lived in Nashville, Tennessee at the time. I was in a very settled season and at the time we really needed some income. I was wanting to create income I felt like I could do it. I wanted to but if you've ever been in a place where you're like what can I do from home, I've got kids, I need to work from home. I want to create some income and you've looked on the internet you'll see that there are endless possibilities. There are a million ways you can go about it. But you want to do what resonates with you what fits you are what fits your family. And so I remember at that time just looking through lists on the internet of all these different ideas and ways it could create income and it was just like no, no, everything just did not resonate. It was not the right fit. And I was kind of frustrated and discouraged. And one day I was sitting in the truck with my husband and we just pulled into the house and I was just crying out to God I'm like God give me something to show me what to do. Give me an idea. And he gave me in that moment, the name of The Nourishing Cupcake and it gave me this inspired business idea that like lit me up and I was super excited about it. Well, the first thing I did was I had to sit down and write out my why I had to kind of write out my pros and cons because actually at this time, I had applied and received a position where I could work hourly from home. You know on my own terms, it was a cool little gig. But the cool thing is that I would be paid hourly so I was guaranteed to make money for the time I put in. Or I could pursue this wildcard of a business, this entrepreneurial situation with this inspired idea that I had. And I needed clarity so I kind of wrote out my pros and cons wrote out my why. And in that process, I chose entrepreneurship over the job and I'm so thankful because what an awesome journey it has been and what an awesome business it still is today.

But I've clung to this list so this list I wrote my why I've clung to this and I've gone back to it time and time again. Because business is hard. It is up and it is down. I wrote a whole I did a whole episode on this recently go back to Episode 15 It was how to ride the roller coaster of entrepreneurship without getting sick so that all encourage you. If you are feeling like you are just on a ride. We all are but it doesn't have to be too crazy. Doesn't have to be too crazy. But listen, you won't make it you'll end up quitting if you don't have strong reasons if you don't know your why. And I'll tell you another one of my businesses just recently this just about a year ago, I was at a crossroads. I had been here before because this is common in business. So I had been at this place where I was like I think I'm ready to quit. I don't know if this is worth it. I don't know if this is worth the time worth the sacrifice. I'm not making the progress at the pace that I want to. Is this even working? You question e