Do you wish you had the confidence to put yourself out there and market yourself and your business in a way that feels right with who you really are, instead of feeling pressured or like you’re doing everything wrong? Do you wish you had the confidence to charge prices that reflect your worth and stop feeling like you’re not qualified or good enough? But most of all, do you want to be able to look back at your life and know you made a real difference in the lives of others? You truly want to do all these things but even though the desire is there you still feel like something is holding back. Let’s explore some reasons why.
1. You’re trying to do it alone.
Because deep down, you’re afraid to invest in yourself or stretch beyond your current experience of what you think you might be capable of. You support so many other people and now it’s your time to invest in yourself and get support too. And, if you’re not willing to invest in developing your mindset and learning the skills you need to truly prosper, you’re probably trying to piece together a plan yourself, in order to get your business off the ground. Trying to do it alone means it will take a lot longer to get where you want to go and cost you far more than you’re trying to “save” by thinking you can do it alone.
2. You’ve convinced yourself that if it’s meant to be, someone or something will make it happen for you.
Maybe you meditate. You set intentions. You repeat affirmations. You tell yourself you will get started “tomorrow” which never seems to come and you avoid doing any meaningful work on your business idea. But the truth is, you’re doing a lot of “thinking” about your business but very little “doing”. Every successful entrepreneur knows that their circumstances have nothing to do with their potential and they take courageous, imperfect action every day. It’s only “meant to be” if you make it happen, each and every day.
3. You don’t feel qualified or ready enough to start a business.
Despite the fact that people regularly ask for your help and may already even be paying you for your gift . Most of the time you feel stuck by impostor syndrome. Sure, you realize you don’t need to be the most qualified person to help others with their problems, but even though you have the skills and expertise to solve others’ pain, you just can’t help doubting yourself. You don’t need another certification to get started. You don’t need more education to get started. All you need to do is start with the help of a mentor to help guide you. Lifelong education is important, but don’t put off your purpose because you think one more “thing” will make you “enough”. You are enough right now, as you are.
4. Staying in a toxic job that isn’t serving you.
You know, deep in your heart, that you’re deserving of so much more, but for some reason, you’re shying away from using your unique gifts to help others solve their pain. You keep setting a timeline for when you’ll leave, but the date comes and goes. When you express your unique gifts, you tap into greater prosperity that you could imagine. But, you’ve got to make the first move and get serious about your business dreams.
5. You always assume the worst will happen.
You’ve convinced yourself that you’ll never attract any clients; that you’ll never make any money, that you’ll end up broke, homeless and hungry. Drama queen lol? When you express your unique gifts with the support of a coach, life will prove your fears wrong.
6. You doubt your intuition.
You spend so much time listening to others say things like “starting a business is risky” and “you shouldn’t quit your job in this economy” that you’re no longer in-tune with your own inner voice. Stay obedient to your inner truth. It will never steer you in the wrong direction. Your intuition will ask you to stretch, and it will feel scary for a moment, but on the other side of your courageous choice to follow your intuition is the life you’ve always dreamed of.
7. You believe the world won’t support you if you start showing up as your real self.
You’re so used to being seen in a certain way by your partner, your friends, your parents and your colleagues that you’re terrified of what they’ll think or say about you if you start putting yourself out there and positioning yourself as an expert in your field. This thinking only further fuels your sense of impostor syndrome and keeps you trapped in that job that you hate for yet another year wishing that someone or something outside of yourself will suddenly make your business a success for you.
8. You’re procrastinating instead of taking the consistent daily actions to move your business forward.
You follow every single business expert that you can think of because you’re convinced that you need more knowledge before you can get started. You waste time daily playing up with your website, changing your colour scheme and redesigning your logo. You’re doing everything you can to feel busy, without taking the productive daily actions to put yourself out there and actually move the needle in your business. The best time to take action was yesterday, but I guess we’ll have to settle for NOW. Don’t wait until tomorrow, because tomorrow never comes.
9. You’re waiting for others to give you permission.
You’ve been thinking and dreaming about starting your own business for a while, but everywhere you turn, you encounter critics. You want to believe in yourself and your abilities but you can’t help but think you would believe in yourself more if your spouse, parents or best friend were right behind you saying “You’ve got this. You’re going to be great.”
Does any of these points sound like you?