Kristin Maxwell puts on the ‘Advice WINGS’ today to help women in business overcome anxiety, which often manifests for entrepreneurs as perfectionism or indecision. “Entrepreneurship is hard…just keep going,” says Kristin, who runs the coaching business Living All In Now.
Melinda Wittstock: Welcome to Wings, Kristin.
Kristin Maxwell: Thank you.
Melinda Wittstock: First of all, what's inspiring you right now?
Kristin Maxwell: I am so inspired by seeing women who are entering into entrepreneurship and who have created lives for themselves which are fabulous, but who have been just really struggling with their own personal issues for years inside and seeing them use entrepreneurship as a way to get past those internal demons and really finally love the lives that they've created.
Melinda Wittstock: That's funny. I often joke that if you want therapy, become an entrepreneur because it truly makes you figure it out along the way if you want to succeed. To that point, what's the biggest challenge do you think for female entrepreneurs?
Kristin Maxwell: Well, that's really funny what you just said because the biggest challenge for entrepreneurs is whatever issue you've had that you have not dealt with in your life, it is going to come up. Your inner stuff, this is when it comes out. It is things like insecurity. If you've got perfectionism, indecision, any kinds of issues, this is going to push your buttons.
Melinda Wittstock: Oh my goodness. This is so true. Well, let's get right to the advice. It's time to help our shero listeners out there take flight. Are you ready? What's number one?
Kristin Maxwell: Yes. My first piece of advice is if you have anxiety or some issues, even if it's something that you've been struggling very actively with your whole life, it is something that you can overcome. They have learned so much more about the different facets that contribute to anxiety and a lot of psychological distress, so just know it's possible to overcome it and fully love your life.
Melinda Wittstock: Wonderful. What's number two?
Kristin Maxwell: Number two is that the entrepreneurial journey is often harder than you think it's going to be. You know it's going to be hard, but I love to think about it as it's getting to that boiling point and it seems like people often give up at 200 degrees. You need to get to 212, so just keep going.
Melinda Wittstock: Yeah, the magic happens when we're outside of our comfort zone. It's really true, so just keeping going is awesome advice. Number three?
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Kristin Maxwell: And that is to get mentor, get a coach, get a community, because you're going to really … It really helps to have somebody who is going to call you on your stuff, who's going to lift you up, who's going to support you, and often the people in your life, your family do not understand what you're going through, so find a group.
Melinda Wittstock: Yes. Sometimes our family, a partner thinks they're being helpful by asking you things like, “Are you okay?” Sometimes that can precipitate the anxiety and they may be well meaning, but they don't necessarily understand, so that's wonderful advice. We're all the sum of the people closest to us. Kristin, you have a free gift today for our shero listeners and I'm grateful to you for that. Tell us all about it.
Kristin Maxwell: Yes. What it is is it explains all the factors that can contribute to anxiety and with respect to diet, genetics, nutritional deficiencies, habits around meditation and change patterns, so it's one of those if you are stuck in your head and struggling, this can give you a pathway of what to look at and what to analyze to start to take it down. They can find it at livingallinnow.com/wings.
Melinda Wittstock: Oh, wonderful. Livingallinnow.com/wings. Everybody take advantage of that because I know from my own experience that we women, we often make perfect the enemy of the good or we don't necessarily delegate or we feel pulled in so many different directions, and so this is a great roadmap that Kristin is offering for you, for all of us really, to get out of our own way and get those wings on firmly in place and soar. Kristin, thank you so much for your advice today.
Kristin Maxwell: Thank you. It's been a joy to be here and hopefully give other women entrepreneurs hope and encouragement.
Melinda Wittstock: Awesome. Thank you.