Last spring, I heard that our upstairs neighbors had added a trampoline to our shared backyard.
It brought back memories.
Remember when you were a kid and your friend had a trampoline in their backyard?
Or maybe you were the family that had this set up for hours of fun?
Fun, that is until some kid fell off and broke his arm.
And that was not an unlikely scenario considering how many kids crammed onto the platform at the same time.
Yeah, I think about that and I hear a voice inside my head telling me to avoid anything with that much risk.
I was concerned about my then 2- and 4-year-olds getting hurt playing on the neighbor’s trampoline.
But then, I saw the trampoline and realized it was small and had net sides and other safety features.
I started to relax and my kiddos enjoyed bouncing on it when we went outside.
When our neighbors moved, they took the trampoline with them, and when winter came my wife and I decided to investigate getting a small indoor trampoline with net sides.
We did that and it’s been a great way for our kiddos to burn off some energy during the long winter months in the midst of a pandemic.
All of that backstory explains how I did something seemingly out of character a couple of weeks ago.
I built a jungle gym climbing dome in my backyard for my now 3- & 5-year-olds.
It’s the kind of equipment that makes me anxious at the playground as I watch my kiddos navigate their way across bars five feet above the ground.
I try to support their growing capabilities and not let my concern about them getting hurt become a message in their head that they are only safe with both feet firmly on the ground.
I would not have so readily agreed that getting a climbing dome was a good idea if I hadn’t seen my kids practice their growing comfort with taking risks at the playground.
But, it was the fact that I had already acquiesced around buying a trampoline that made this purchase not so out of character.
As my kids learn to take risks, so do I.
Your Challenge For This Week
Going from a sandbox to a jungle gym would have been too big of a leap for me if I hadn’t experienced our neighbor’s trampoline.
Finding a way to test out an idea before having to fully commit to it will open you up to new possibilities.
Starting smaller will build your confidence, calm your nerves, and make the next rung on the ladder seem much more achievable.
You’ve probably already taken some small steps over the last few years, is it time to update how you define yourself and your limits?
There’s a difference between doing something new and identifying as someone who is capable of doing that new thing.
Expand your sense of self and quicker than you expect you will be more open to new ideas and new actions.
Try this and let me know how it goes!
Business Growth Strategist & Business Coach
As a relationship-based business growth strategist, I work directly with a limited number of self-employed professionals, aka solopreneurs.
WHO YOU ARE:
You want to have a greater impact and increased income. The problem is that there are so many options for how to build your business that you can feel stuck, overwhelmed, and like you’re running out of time.
The reason options are overwhelming is that you’re looking at them as a series of disconnected steps, when to make the most of your time, you need a strategy that connects only the most important and highest impact ones.
You know that if you try to do everything, you’ll accomplish nothing. This means, to achieve your goal, you have to invest in a strategy to put time on your side.
As a relationship-based business growth strategist, I will work with you to design a year-long plan that consists of three 12-week sprints, each followed by 4 weeks of reflection/assessment, rejuvenation/vacation, and strategic planning. This will allow you to sequence your goals, create momentum, and leverage your limited time.
We can build your plan through a half-day strategy session, a coaching engagement, or a mastermind program.
These are not right for everyone; they’re personalized offerings and are priced accordingly.
What might you work on?
In my coaching work with entrepreneurs and solopreneurs, we focus on the areas where you’d like to grow, which may include:
- Creating a strong sales conversation framework
- Building your referral network
- Lead generation through a relationships
- Growing your visibility in your industry
- Increasing your ability to attract the right kind of clients
- Identifying and launching a minimally viable offer
- Breaking through whatever bottleneck is holding you back from getting the results you want and deserve
- Becoming a published author and marketing your book successfully
- Improving your virtual presentation skills
Learn more about the different ways we can work together – deep dive 3-hour session, private 1:1 coaching, and masterminds. I’m excited to support you in reaching or exceeding your goals.
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