Take Heart! 9 Ways to Bring Your Best to Your Business This Year

You’ve already got everything you need to do what you want to do, to build the life – and business that you want to build.

Seriously. I know you. Listen to me.

We’re here – at the beginning of a whole new year – and some of you are leaning forward with sheer joy at all the possibilities you can sense on the horizon.

You’re like a puppy sticking your head out the window of the car. :) You can’t wait to get where you’re going.

But some of you are till holding back, afraid to have fun. You’re wrapping yourself in doubt, and limiting yourself to those tired old ways that you’ve visited too many times already.

It’s time to let that go.

Step in to this powerful new year with heart. Allow yourself to be all that you are really, truly, meant to be.

Your audience is waiting.

Here’s how.

Nine Steps to Bringing Your Best to Your Business

1. Claim your competence.

There’s a reason you’re in this business to begin with. You have training, education, and a lifetime of experience. Things that come so easily to you are completely mysterious to others. It doesn’t matter whether it’s how to decorate the perfect wedding cake, help someone heal from trauma, or plan a spectacular event.

You know what you’re doing. Own it.

2. Indulge curiosity. 

Your business growth is a perfect reflection of your personal growth. Feed your mind by exploring what’s outside your door. Drive roads you’ve never driven. Take a class in something you know nothing about. Jump into a volunteer experience just to see what it’s like.

Fresh experiences will lead to inspiration. Find it.

3. Honor creativity.  

For some of you that means appreciating – and using – your artistic talents, for sure. But creativity comes in all kinds of ways, so don’t worry if – like me – you can barely draw a circle.

Do you have more business ideas than you could ever implement?  Are you the one others turn to for solutions when they’re stuck? Do you have a knack for seeing possibilities that others overlook?

That counts. Celebrate it.  

4. Respect your capabilities.

You can learn anything you want to learn – or have to. I am perfectly capable of learning how to change the oil in my car, but I don’t want to. On the other hand, if I need to brush up on Facebook advertising, or learn to do webinars, I can (and will). 

What do you want to learn in your business this year? Learn it.

5. Practice compassion.

For others, sure, but for yourself, especially. You are a practicing imperfectionist, and that’s a good thing. So be gentle with yourself. We need you to last.

Self-flagellation? Ditch it.

6. Nurture connection.

Deeper connections with something greater than ourselves, can carry us through the tough times in our business, and our lives. Build strong, loving relationships with family and friends in whatever way is healthy and good for you. Seek out a faith community that fits your values, or explore personal practices that deepen your awareness of a Love that is greater than all of us.

When you find what works, embrace it.

7. Show confidence.

You know who you are. You know what you can do. Isn’t it about time you started believing in your Self, no matter what? Why waste a singe minute more in self doubt?

Your clients and customers need to see this, so they can believe in themselves, too.  Model it.

8. Recognize courage. 

If you thought about it, you could make a list of 100 times in your life when you’ve overcome a hardship, faced a fear, achieved something remarkable, done something you’d never thought you could do. In big ways and small.

Quit pretending that those times don’t count, or that you’re anything less than brave.

Don’t believe me? Try it. :)

9. Be complete.

The best part about our growth as entrepreneurs, is that one day we wake up and realize that we’ve somehow magically grown into our own skin.

One day, you just know. You are Enough. With all of your imperfections, you are fine exactly as you are. You stop trying to prove anything, start doing what you want, and live authentically from the place that feeds your soul.

And suddenly, others begin seeing you as a the authentically successful human being that you always wanted to be. It surprises you at first. But then, when you think about it, it makes perfect sense. 

Who knew? I did. :)

Enjoy it.

Photo Credit: Seyed Mostafa Zamani on Flickr


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