Realistic Tools For Growing Your Business
I’ve shared a damaging habit keeping me from what I want: asking permission.
This week, I’ve got another terrible habit to share - kind of a sister habit.
What is it?
Constantly looking to everyone else as an expert.
Asking their input, gathering their opinions, and seeing if they gave me “the go-ahead.”
It’s a form of waiting for permission - a sneaky way of keeping yourself from moving forward & making what you want real.
Doing this, we overlook our own capabilities because we just don’t trust ourselves.
We’re more likely to trust others...
It doesn’t matter how long we’ve been in business, there is something that keeps us stuck.
Something that overwhelms us.
Something that we don’t feel we do well.
And I’m not immune to this.
When I was making the transition from teacher to a business owner, I was overwhelmed by impostor syndrome.
During my first business, I would feel overwhelmed by marketing.
I would learn everything I could, but then never implement what I learned because I was too scared of failing.
At the beginning of this venture, I would struggle with...
I recently went to the coast to attend the wedding of my friend.
And during that wedding, I remembered every tiny step she had planned to make her vision come to life.
It reminded me that sometimes we don’t give ourselves the grace to know that it can take a long time to get to where we want to go.
It’s in the details where things come to life and create the big dream we want to put out into the world.
Sometimes it’s a little fuzzy what this vision is.
Sometimes it’s really clear.
Still, hold it in your mind but it’s the tiny details you chip away at every day...
Being a solopreneur, you have to wear all the hats.
You take care of one thing and then another thing shows up.
It doesn’t matter if you get one thing done, you end up having another thing show up right after.
One great example of this is when you’re marketing your business on social media, you think you need to be on ALL the platforms.
But there are so many social media outlets!
You can’t just use all of the same content or it’s not going to work, and if you’re the only one creating that content yourself will...
I need to be honest with you...
For 2 years, I’ve put off doing The Webinar.
If you’re in the online space at all, you know webinars are a routine & important part of business.
But I didn’t want to do one. It somehow felt sleazy to me - EVEN THOUGH I TAKE WEBINARS ALL THE TIME!
Free training?! Yes, please!
I came to rely on them (especially in my first business - when we had NO MONEY for support!)
Why? Because every webinar I’ve ever taken has SOLD to me.
An expert gives you free information in exchange...
When you log onto social media, you can be bombarded with tons of messaging about how "you can make it to six-figures". Everyone scrambling, and hustling to get to this magical number that's representative of their income.
They preach what's GOING to work for you.
The perfect business plan.
The perfect strategy.
The perfect niche.
But, when I see this stuff I end up feeling a little empty.
The truth is I run a business that I love. It allows me to do the work that I do and live the life that I want.
If I'm racing to six-figures, am I really...
I looked at my husband and said, “I need your opinion.” His ears perked up - I had his full attention.
“Do you think we’ll make it?” I asked, wanting him to soothe my worries about my business succeeding.
He looked at me - wanting to give me the answer I desperately needed - and said, “Jen - I just don't know.”
I wanted to sob. I couldn’t be angry - he was telling the truth.
The situation felt grim: my partners & I were in the 2nd year of our fitness business, not making a profit & unable to see how to ever get there.
If I only I KNEW...
I’m a time traveler.
Sometimes when I’m working with a client, she’ll be frustrated with herself or a situation. She’ll be angry that she’s not moving faster or that a conflict is keeping her stuck.
And then I simply ask, “Hey, last year at this time - how would you have responded to this issue?”
Or I say, “You know - 6 months ago you never would’ve been able to say that to him.”
Or, “Do you remember where you were two years ago with this? Can you see how much progress you’ve actually made - and how much easier things...
When a 9-year-old has a business idea, you listen up. But do you take them seriously?
Jenny Murphy’s daughter told her, “Someone should invent something to help people take better selfies…”
And Jenny became enough to jump jumped in & research how to bring the idea to life.
“Jumping in” when you’re running a home, a classroom, and also in the middle of adopting another child…
doesn’t look or FEEL like “JUMPING”!
It’s more like crawling through the nooks & crannies inside your calendar to find some...
I had the perfect day yesterday.
When was the last time YOU said that - on a weekday?
Here’s how I did it & how YOU can do it too…
When I was a teacher, Monday was incredibly stressful. So stressful, that I would think about calling out and how to get out of going in on Monday. The Sunday Anxiety was insane.
Now with my business, I recognize that I don’t want to have that feeling. While I don’t take the day off, I have certain things I do in order to make sure that I don’t get the Monday Blues.