Growing Your Business Means Growing Yourself

Entrepreneurial Quote of the Day:

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”  ~Anais Nin

Hello Fabulous Women!

An enormous part of creating and growing a business is just plain hard work and dogged determination, but there is that “blossoming” part as well.  And while blossoming sounds pretty and poetic, the fact of the matter is, Anais Nin was absolutely right about it being painful and frightening while it’s happening.

To create a new business or take an existing one to the next level takes ongoing growth and development on the part of the owner, the learning of new skills and new ways to view things.  It takes a willingness to risk not only your hard work and your money, but also to risk giving up your own view of yourself, your “identity,” in order to allow yourself to become something bigger.

What I mean by that is that we have all created an image of ourselves for ourselves – we think that we “are” this kind of person or that kind of person.  And whether your overall view of yourself is fairly positive or fairly negative, one thing that it always is is limiting.  This is one of the areas where business coaching is extremely valuable, as it is not always easy to see all the ways where our own view is limiting us.

For example, you may think of yourself as highly self-sufficient and competent, and that is great in many ways, but I guarantee it will limit the way you listen to others and the degree to which you are willing to let others contribute anything to you.

For someone like that (not that I know any one like that at all, no, not me!), if you are not willing to let go of this view of yourself and learn the skills of working with a team, your business will hit a brick wall every time you exhaust your own personal resources.  There is only so much time in the day for any one person.  If you are a one woman army, at the end of the day, if you didn’t do it, then it didn’t get done.  Period.  And the same thing will happen the next day.

If you are willing to give up that view of yourself, and begin to develop your ability to create teams of people, believe that others can do the job and help you, then the possibilities for what you can accomplish begin to expand exponentially.

The issue with many entrepreneurial people is exactly this – we are self-sufficient, self-starting, competent people.  And we have a hard time believing anyone else can do it as well as we can.  And it’s just really hard for us to give up that view of ourselves, because that belief in our own capabilities has made us strong and is what has taken us this far. 

So it’s hard to believe that it is now what’s in the way.

But it is.

So my challenge for you all today is to look and see where you have been holding onto an outdated view of yourself, and where does that show up in your life and your business?  I guarantee you that there is at least one place where your own belief about who you are is hamstringing you and keeping you from the success you want. 

Decide that it’s time to break out of the bud.  You have no idea how big and beautiful that blossom can be, you just have to trust you’ll survive the process and decide to GROW.

Your coach,

–Ann

On Track and On Purpose Coaching, Business Coaching for Women Entrepreneurs, Business Woman Coach

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