As I sit here, eyes heavy, tired — with a plan to be in dreamland about 30 minutes ago, I am instead honoring a different commitment to myself, and that is to write about things that move me in that moment.
As an entrepreneur (which in-and-of-itself is not so easy of a definition for me to write), I am constantly figuring out how to build my business. How to ‘scale’. What is the right product or service offering. Which price point makes sense, for my clients but also for me! How do I market myself (without a marketing team). How I promote my brand (without a media agency). Who do I align myself with when I have limited time and endless amazing opportunities.
It’s exhausting and exhilarating. Scary and exciting. Crazy good and full of obvious mistakes.
And all of this happens while, at the same time, I’m trying to just be ‘me’. And that might sound silly to some, but I think to many of my colleagues and friends going through a similar journey but with a different objective, it truly will resonate. Because sometimes the version that we have of ourselves and our capabilities are clouded with fear and doubt, contradiction and denial, impatience and lack of self confidence.
Yet. We truly only have two options:
1. Give up. Accept the unknown and never get to the end because we fear the worst.
2. Forge on. Up the hill. Across the chasm. Through the potential shame, embarrassment and fear of ridicule should we fail … Should we not meet someone else’s expectations. Should we accomplish less than what we set out to achieve.
And if we choose the latter .. then we must accept our flaws. Embrace our individual ‘features’. Live in permanent Beta. Trust that all roads lead us to a better place if we’re determined to get there.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I am tired of waiting for me. Especially when I am right here, and am the.only.thing standing in my own way.
Author’s personal note:
To my friend whom I adore and have all the patience in the world for — I don’t know what the future holds but I know that you are holding it in your hands. I can’t wait until you release and see yourself as I see you and as I know the world is waiting to embrace.