Keeping Business Success Behind Closed Doors
If you’ve been following me for a while now, you may be in for a bit of a shock! Why? I’ve have realized that I have been ‘hiding behind my own success’ for way too long. What does that mean? What that means is that you will hear me starting to talk about parts of my life that I have previously not made public. In other words, I will be ‘coming out of the closet’.
You see, I have had enormous success in business in the past, but been far too humble to share many of those experiences for fear of being seen as ‘blowing my own trumpet’. But now, I see with absolute clarity, that as long as I keep this part of my life hidden away, I am denying YOU the opportunity to see how powerful it can be to finally take charge of your life and turn it into whatever you want it to be. So, from now on I’ll be sharing more of my experiences that I have never spoken about before, that will teach you how to see your results soar.
When I work with clients, one of the things we focus on is how to make your business stand out from the crowd and to find the qualities that make you unique. I usually find that the gift you have to share is immediately obvious to me. It’s generally harder for you to see yourself. My role is to draw it out of you which generally leads to a big breakthrough moment. This was certainly the case for Maureen Hunter who had not recognized that events all throughout her life had lead her to become an amazing woman who has the ability to step others through their grieving process with hope and comfort.
My very first call with my new coach for 2011 allowed me to see that I have been playing small in 2010.
Being so close to my own experiences and not openly acknowledging my own success, I had not recognized that to have run my businesses entirely debt free and created a net worth of over $2million could be of interest to other people. I was a true ‘aha’ moment for me!
While most business coaches are in business to get themselves out of debt, here I have been, knowing how to create and hold wealth through business. Yet, I had been keeping that part of my life a secret. I’m like the millionaire next door that no one knows about.
Often you are so close to the things you do best that you completely take them for granted. Yet, these are often the very fruits of your passion that can ultimately lead you with confidence, to take your gifts into the world. When you are following your heart and share your brilliance this is a sure path to also having a very healthy bank account! I’m not trying to fool you into thinking that this is the only thing you need to have in place for business success, but it is certainly one of the foundational pieces.
If you’re passionate about helping other people, teaching others your skills, sharing your knowledge yet don’t invite someone to help you uncover your real potential and help you strategically monetize it, that’s like telling the thousands of people you could impact, that they don’t matter!
These two exercises will help you to begin to discover your unique brilliance:
- Give me a list of every experience that you can remember in your life. Jobs as a child, out of school employment, books you like to read, groups you are part of, courses you have done etc.
- Send an email to 20 people you know. Divide them up into friends, family and work colleagues. Ask them to list at least 10 words they would use to describe you as the person they know and what they think you are good at.
- Journal your life story as if you were telling it to a new friend who wanted to know all about you.
These are amazing exercises because you may be too humble to recognize the qualities others see in you or the things that you do so naturally, you have not yet recognized them as being a core part of yourself. This is Level 1, then you want to dig D…E…E…P!
If you are feeling like you have been working hard, with all the ‘right’ marketing in place, yet still not attracting all the clients you really want, it could be that the obvious is staring you right in the face, but you just need someone to hold up a mirror while asking the right questions.
Paying very close attention to what comes naturally for you will make creating a successful business much easier than you might ever have thought.
But I must give you this big warning- you could end up being so comfortable with what you do that your single biggest motivator in business is to help others do well. This is when it gets very risky because now you have got out of your own way – your biggest hurdle to date!
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