So in case you don’t know…owning your own business is hard. Really, really hard. Finances (is there enough cash flow to pay the bills *and* my salary?), logistics (how many balls can I possibly juggle at one time?), time management (what is that bright shiny object over there?), marketing (a delicate balance of selling yourself in an authentic way), etc. I have a good handle on all of those things…it’s the natural flow of my life now…I can do this all in my sleep. But one thing I struggle with continually is confidence. And I know I’m not alone. Research shows that this problem of self doubt is much more prevalent in women than in men…WHY oh WHY is this?! Just this morning the fabulous Marie Forleo posted about this problem – – How To Believe In Your Business When You Don’t Always Believe In Yourself. The simple key is that as a businesswomen and artists, we need to shine our light on our clients…not on ourselves. Sometimes this is easier said than done, but it really is so simple.
Yesterday was kind of tough for me. I usually keep my self doubt in the back of my mind, but the nature of living in a small town causes grocery store conversations and social media mingling to force self doubt to swirl angrily around my head. It ain’t pretty, and it’s just not a cool way to feel. But as I was sitting on my couch last night with my 15 year old watching the caucus results come in, I asked her about her new semester pottery class. She told me that they had to tell the class who inspired them…and guess what she said? Me. Her mom. I’m getting teary eyed just thinking about it. Could I want anything more as a mother and business owner. No…I really couldn’t. That’s all it right there in front of me.
So I woke up this morning with a new outlook…and knowing that my light will continue to shine on my clients. I will continue to work for them…I will continue to gain inspiration through them…and I will continue to serve them in the best way that I know how.
Shine on my friends…