I’m a bit fired up this week. You’ve probably been guilty of “it” at least once. It’s a common way I see a lot of women-preneurs blocking their own success. I know I’ve been there. We’ll get to “it” in just a second. While conducting focus group interviews with my ideal market over the past several weeks, I’ve had the honor of having women entrepreneurs share with me their biggest challenges in their life and business. The top two challenges are: Time – what to focus on and when, and how to get it all done. Marketing – what really works and what will create results quickly and without costing a fortune in time or money. And they both boil down to leveraging your talent and time to make more money. The dark cloud intertwined with this puzzle is something that is creating unnecessary fear. “IT” causes some women to quit. “IT” causes others to totally isolate because they feel alone. IT is causing every women in business to leave money on the table. “IT” is COMPARISON. A mentor of mine told me years ago “Comparison is the root of all pain.” Even if you aren’t the one doing the comparison, your colleagues and joint ventures might be and you are losing on collaborative opportunities. So this affects everyone. When you are comparing yourself to what you think you “should” be doing, the result is pain in the form of judgment that you aren’t doing “enough.” When you compare yourself to other entrepreneurs, it’s either judgment that you feel you are better than someone and more often than not, it’s judgment of...
When will your message be ready? While playing the waiting game with my new niece who will be born any moment now, I started thinking about how every person on the planet is waiting to birth something. It’s that next idea, it’s the thought or feeling that you aren’t sure how to express, it’s the dream you have for your life… How long are you going to wait until you give it life and “birth” it? How long are you going to keep people waiting for the breakthrough that will change their life? What are you really waiting for? Have you been or are you currently in one of these traps: 1. “It’s not perfect enough yet. I’ll launch it when it’s better.” When you have more finishing touches on your message, product, idea, etc. then it will be good enough to release. When your website is done then you will let people know you are a speaker or you have a program or product to help them. Perfection is an illusion that is keeping your solution (idea, product, business, message) to yourself and it’s not serving anyone. What would happen if you just decided to go for it and launch your idea? It will never be “perfect.” There will always be an evolution of what you launch. If you are hiding behind “It’s not good enough yet,” you are really saying “I’m not good enough yet.” The truth is you have a message that is perfect RIGHT now to share exactly as you are. 2. “I need more experience before I’m truly an expert.” This can also sound...
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