Episode 146: Never Stop Building Connections To Get Unstuck Says Stephanie McCratic

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Stephanie McCratic Evolved Mommy

Stephanie McCratic

Stephanie McCratic, founder of Evolved Mommy, started her business by first reaching out to like-minded people and building a community around her message.

 

 

Stephanie is the epitome of how to get yourself unstuck and how to design your life around your passions. After the birth of her first child, she took a break from her career to become a stay-at-home mom.  Within a couple of years, she began to feel stuck.  She wanted to work again, but didn’t know what she wanted to do.

She started cultivating a group of like-minded people around her passions by starting a blog and getting involved in social media.  She grew it into a full-fledged business, even securing major sponsorships from eBay, BestBuy, AT&T, Verizon and Netflix.

Her experience building EvovledMommy has enabled her to branch out and start another business called Acorn Influence.  She connects influencers and with major brands. (If you are a blogger, Stephanie has a special offer for you, so listen to our interview with her!)

The secret to Stephanie’s entrepreneurial success is seeking opportunities aligned with her interests, as well as surrounding yourself by the right community of people.

Quick Action to Get Unstuck

“Suit up and show up.”

This is Stephanie’s personal motto she uses whenever she doesn’t feel like doing something.  If there is an event that interests you, but you don’t feel like going, just get dressed and go anyway.

You are 100% more likely to accomplish something by attending than if you skip it. Focus on the small action of just getting there and let the momentum of the event takeover once you arrive.

Even if you go and you are bored after 30 minutes, at least you provided yourself with a new perspective and the opportunity to meet link-minded people.

UnStuckable Quotes From Stephanie

“You’ll see this common thread throughout my history, fake it till you make it.”

“I don’t work well for others.”

“You have to have your network, whether you’re a stay at home mom or a business person, because it can be very isolating.”

“You can’t just wait for people to come to you. You have to make those friendships happen.”

“I didn’t know how to not work.”

More Habits & Actions

  • Follow your interests. Stephanie started her blog by writing about technology, a subject area that was interesting to her and she knew something about.
  • Develop  a learning habit. When Stephanie was a stay-at-home mom, she started to feel like she was missing out on opportunities to be creatives, so she started taking classes at a local school just to learn something new. A great way to get unstuck is by learning something knew that interests you. You never know where it might lead.
  • Keep a journal. Stephanie admits she personally has a hard time developing a writing habit, but she understands the benefits and suggests other people give it a try. Keeping a journal allows you get process your thoughts more easily and to gain a clearer perspective on your life.
  • Network. Having a group of like-minded people around you is essential to getting unstuck.

Stephanie’s UnStuckable Lesson

If you haven no idea what you want to do for work, Stephanie has been there and feels your pain!  If you are feeling stuck and you are not sure what to do next, Stephanie suggested there four key actions:

1. Know Yourself

Take an inventory of everything you like, your strengths, your skills and natural abilities. The process of self-assessment will help reveal new opportunities previously hidden to you. Learn about yourself by going to conferences, starting a journal or taking a class. Take the time to put in the research to learn about what kind of work can make you truly happy, can sustain you financially and will build your confidence.

2. Find Influential People in Your Niche

Once you understand what kind of work you want to do, find people you admire doing what you want to do. Follow them on social media, read articles about them or attend a seminar they are leading.

Identify the key actions they took to build their success. Reach out to them and ask them questions. Don’t ask them for step-by-step instructions, but rather ask them to share their story with you. People are more likely to help you if they think you are genuinely interested in them, rather than looking for a free instruction manual.

As you reach out to potential heroes or mentors, remember to give to receive. Offer free help, ideas or research you have gathered that may be of help to their work. Don’t just take from other people, make sure you bring something to the table.

3. Let Go Of The Fear

If you think that you might be gifted at something, own it. Make a list of your fears and anything holding you back from being truly successful. Come up with a plan to address each fear and how you can overcome it.

Have the courage to take imperfect actions. Don’t worry about the future, just take the leap. Fear will gnaw at you for a long time, so just have to ignore it and go for it. You won’t know everything there is to know along the way, but you’ll figure it out as you gather knowledge and experience in your journey.

4. Align Yourself with People Smarter Than You

If you are building a business, don’t try to do everything yourself. Identify your areas of weakness and seek out experts you can learn from. Also, take the time to clearly communicate your areas of strength, so you can offer help to those you are seeking help from.

Resources

EvolvedMommy.com

EvolvedMommy on Twitter

EvolvedMommy on Instagram

EvolvedMommy on Facebook

AcornInfluence.com

Acorn Influence – Blog Conferences

Start by John Acuff

Google Drive

Unroll.me

Evernote

Rhonna

Oh Don’t Forget

Boomerang

Sidekick

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