You’re finding the startup journey tough sometimes, huh? You have this brilliant idea and you’re well on your way to making it a reality. You want to create a positive impact and you confidently know that your product or service will actually change lives. People need you!
Yet sometimes you feel like you don’t deserve this attention. Why would people really be interested in your products and services? Why would they want you? You don’t have any experience in running a business. How could you possibly be a successful entrepreneur?
Do you want to know what’s really making the journey so tough for you?
You’re letting your perceptions of who you are dictate the decisions that you make and shape the business that you’re building. You don’t stop to consider if you should be doing something differently because you have deep-rooted beliefs of who you are as an individual and as a business owner.
There is more to what you see in the mirror. There was a time in your life when you were different – you were younger, you were less of something, you did more of something.
see a penny, pick it up
At a recent networking event, the organiser asked us to all pick up a penny from the table, notice the date stamped on the coin, think back to that year and recall something life-altering that occurred then.
A few people went ahead of me and each had something different to share – one had just left school and decided to no longer be a wallflower, another had embarked on an around-the-world trip which led her to eventually become a successful travel writer, and one had faced a tragedy which reshaped his values and led to new definitions of what was important in life.
My penny read 1999 – the year I graduated from high school, left my childhood life behind, and moved to New York City to start university. It was a new chapter of my life, one full of adventure and independence, and also a year of tremendous personal growth.
Looking back on that year reminded me of the strength I had then to start afresh and this memory renewed my self-confidence. I’ve made many giant transformational leaps in the past and landed on my feet. I know I have the resources within me – strength, courage, determination, creativity and motivation – to make my own business a success.
who is the person in the mirror?
My transformation is not unique. You have also experienced moments in your life where there was a turning point, a shift in thinking, or clarity in your identity as a person.
There are positive lessons that you can take from your past and reuse in situations over and over again.
Ask yourself these three questions to help access your inner strength and resources:
1. Take a penny out of your wallet and think back to that year. What did you learn from that year that can help you in your business?
2. If you could believe one thing about yourself that would make you even more successful than you already are, what would that thing be?
3. What are you currently assuming about your situation that is making the journey harder than it needs to be?
over to you…
As always, I’d love to hear from you. Share something you’ve learned about your inner strengths and resources that will now have a positive impact on the way you run your business.
If you have identified some beliefs that are holding you back in your business, yet you’re still not sure about how to change these assumptions and move forward click here to book your free consultation.