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Visionary Spotlight: Shirley Brooks

Updated: May 22, 2023

Entrepreneurship can be a rewarding and exciting journey, but it can also be stressful and challenging. The pressures of starting and running a business can take a toll on an entrepreneur's mental health.

The mental health of an entrepreneur can have a significant impact on their business and personal life.


Today we introduce you the CEO of the Your Success with Shirley, Shirley Brooks


What do you believe are the biggest mental health challenges facing entrepreneurs today? How can entrepreneurs recognize and address these challenges?


Hello, Life and Success Coach for the Advancement of Women here, Shirley Brooks. Today I am sharing with you about what I believe are the biggest mental health challenges facing entrepreneurs today and how entrepreneurs can recognize and address these challenges. Although everyone can face challenges in their business, male or female, I am focusing on the group that I have a heart to serve, women.


In my years of experience as a coach and an entrepreneur, I have come to know that as a female entrepreneur, it is important to recognize the mental health challenges that may come with running a business. These challenges can make it difficult for us to reach our goals and be successful. However, taking steps to address them can help us to be more successful.


One of the most common mental health challenges that female entrepreneurs face, especially since COVID is burnout. With so much more competition and the demands of running a business, it can be easy to become overwhelmed and exhausted. It is important to prioritize self-care and make sure you get enough rest and relaxation. Setting boundaries and not taking on more than you can handle can also help prevent burnout. One of the things I have learned to do is set realistic goals and when I feel the pressure to "hustle hard" even when I am tired, I listen to my body and remind myself that "what is for me is for me no matter how fast or slow I go, so I will go with the flow."


Another major challenge we face is Self-doubt. As women, we often face unique pressures and expectations that can lead to feelings of inadequacy and insecurity. The phenomenon that we have become more vocal about these past few years is "imposter syndrome" Imposter syndrome is the feeling of being an inadequate and undeserving fraud, despite evidence of success. Women often face unique pressures that can lead to feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt, which can be compounded by lack of support from others, or by an inability to trust their own instincts and abilities. To combat this, it is important to build a supportive network of family, friends and mentors who can provide encouragement and advice. It is also important to trust your instincts and be confident in your abilities. In my practice I remind my clients to remember and acknowledge their superpowers and take an inventory very often of their accomplishments as this further feeds the subconscious and builds our confidence. Be your biggest cheerleader.


Finally, many female entrepreneurs face a fear of failure. This is a common challenge for all entrepreneurs, but women often carry extra burdens and expectations that can intensify this fear. Recognizing that failure is part of the journey and viewing it as an opportunity for learning and growth can help you to move past your fear and reach your goals. My mantra these past several years has been to #doitscared as in that thing that you are afraid to do JUST DO IT. The more you do it, the more you will find the confidence muscle grows, yes you will make mistakes but you will learn from them and become less afraid to do new things. And this is where our power is, this is where great business women are groomed, in that space of failing forward.


In summary, it is important to take care of your mental health when running a business. By understanding the mental health challenges facing female entrepreneurs and taking

steps to address them, you can increase your chances of success and reach your goals.




 


𝗩𝗶𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗚𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗘𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗽𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗲𝘀 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗰𝗹𝘂𝗱𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗵 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗮 𝘃𝗶𝗿𝘁𝘂𝗮𝗹 𝘀𝘂𝗺𝗺𝗶𝘁 𝗼𝗻 𝗘𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗽𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗲𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗽 + 𝗠𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗹 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗯𝘆 𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗻𝗮 𝗔. 𝗝𝗲𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗻 𝗠𝗔𝗬 𝟯𝟭, 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟯 𝗥𝗘𝗚𝗜𝗦𝗧𝗘𝗥 𝗧𝗢𝗗𝗔𝗬 𝗮𝘁 𝘄𝘄𝘄.𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗠𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗹𝗖𝗼𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗳𝗘𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗽𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗲𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗽.𝗶𝗻𝗳𝗼




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