Are you struggling to put yourself out there?
Are you hiding your gifts because of perfectionism and fear of failure?
Are you afraid of asking people to hire you?
At the same time you know you have gifts to share, you are called to get your message out and you want to change the world in your own creative, magical and transformational way.
I am heartbroken to find so many brilliant, creative women struggling with fear.
This fear is crippling and stops you from having the impact you dream of.
It stops you from making that vision of what’s possible a reality.
It stops you from creating freedom and financial independence.
I know, because I have been that woman – afraid to ask for the sale, afraid to put my work out into the world, caught in perfectionism and fear of judgment.
I have played small and been too afraid to share my gifts with the world.
I have made lots of money and been near bankruptcy.
I have made every mistake in the book you can make as a business owner.
But I kept going, taking small courageous steps that moved me consistently forward in my business. It takes tremendous courage to be a woman entrepreneur.
At the end of the day, I realized that my commitment to serving other women entrepreneurs was bigger than my fear. I realized I was willing to face my fears and be more visible, to show up more authentically and to speak my truth.
It took time to heal the shame of owning a company that was grossing hundreds of thousands of dollars but was also in debt and didn’t net me any income at all. It took time to overcome the fear of making those same mistakes again when I launched my current business.
I am so passionate about helping women entrepreneurs create profitable businesses because I know first hand how painful it is to work so hard and have so little money to show for it. To feel like you are always chasing the next client. To feel like you are sacrificing your health, your marriage, your time with kids to hold onto your big dreams.
Each of us became entrepreneurs because we are passionate about the work we do and we want the opportunity to serve more people. And we walk courageously on a tightrope, trying to balance our fears with our calling to change the world.
I know that it takes courage to make hard choices, to make sacrifices and sometimes to work long hours, especially when you are starting out. For me, finding courage stems from understanding what my motivation is to build a profitable business.
Ask yourself, “Why do I want to make money, why do I want to be of service to others?”
Your Big Why
You will have to make some hard decisions, refocus on your core values and get insanely clear about your BIG WHY.
Knowing your BIG WHY will help you stand in the place of courage on a daily basis, even when life seems impossible.
Rather than always being focused on the big picture or a million small tasks that need to get done, make intentional decisions on a day-to-day basis that move you forward on all fronts, always asking yourself:
Is this in alignment with what I what the most?
Is this the best next step right now?
Is fear stopping me from taking the next step?
I often work with clients on clarity of vision, values and their big why. Moving through fear towards courage is all about making decisions – big ones and little ones!
If you find that you are stuck in fear, indecision and overwhelm, I invite you to download my free core values assessment using the form below.
This is a great place to start connecting to your big why, get back in alignment with yourself, your business and your family and learn to make decisions based on your values – not your feelings of fear or guilt.
Once you have defined your values and are ready to take the next step, I would love to offer you a free 30-minute Core Values Clarity Session where I will show you 3 simple steps to transform your list of values into a business model that fits your lifestyle while still creating financial freedom. You’ll find the link to schedule a session when you get the assessment.
Portions of this post originally appeared on minetteriordan.com.