and ease for a while now. I know I was and life had to throw a whole lot at me to get my attention. (I can be very stubborn and hyper-focused sometimes – just ask my husband and kids.) If you’re ready to step out of this circular cycle you must re-define and re-educate and accept this first hard truth bomb:
Hard Truth #1:
• Something that looks simple doesn’t mean it’s easy. The very definition of “easy” is “achieved without great effort.” You didn’t notice it, and it took me almost 40 years to get it: simple and easy don’t always correlate.They don’t always go together like peanut butter and jelly. You can see the answer, you can see the solution and see the task at hand, yet, it remains out of reach because it’s not easy to get there. The reason things seem simple and not easy is because you have bias, internal thoughts and emotional weight that you can’t simply move past until you change perspectives. Additionally, nothing, and I mean nothing, will bring up your internal and emotional struggles like motherhood, being a woman in leadership and owning your own business. Which leads me to ...
Hard Truth #2:
• Stay-at-home moms ARE CEO’s, small business owners, entrepreneurs, and women in leadership. These women manage: schedules, appointments, budgets, projects, transportation, goods and receivables, act as hostage negotiators ... err, manage unreasonable people (seriously, I dare you to get between a 3-year-old and Daniel Tiger),
supplies, and paperwork. Sounds a lot like a CEO, a small business owner and woman in leadership, right? Additionally, can you think of a team more important to lead than your own family? Me neither. I was talking with someone about my reniching recently and who I was having the most fun supporting: CEO’s of companies/ owners and women in business. They responded with,“I don’t want to serve CEO’s ...” and made an off-hand comment that implied they were somehow less deserving of support. I didn’t say anything at the time because I was really caught off guard by the statement – they clearly have a different perspective than I have and that’s okay.
The Two Toughest Careers It’s okay for people to have a different perspective or to serve in a different way.The world needs all kinds of support. Me? I will serve traditional CEO’s, small business owners, entrepreneurs, women in leadership, and stay-at-home CEO’s all-day long. These are the people I LOVE to support because they have the toughest careers I know of: parenting and running a business (and usually it’s both). Listen to me ... if you’ve been on the struggle bus; if you’ve been stuck in your life; if you’ve been stuck in your business and work ... you are going to have to get honest and reeducate yourself about simple vs. easy. You have to work on redefining these two words and how you want them to play out in your life if you want more confidence, balance and ease. You’ve got this! n Amy Lasseter is a Psychotherapist + Growth Mindset & Business Strategist. You can learn more about her at lassetertherapies.com. www.athensparent.com 23