Back in the day, before cell phones were all we looked at while commuting, people used to read the newspaper on their way to work if they commuted via train.
In New York City, this meant that all squooshed together on a crowded train you’d see people reading a mix of publications, including the New York Times and the NY Post.
A common scene would be a man reading the New York Times with the paper fully spread out so it took up space in the adjacent seats.
Next to him would be a woman occupying less than a full seat while reading a carefully folded over (and folded again) copy of the NY Post.
She was trying to take up as little space as possible while he was obliviously taking up more than his share.
Can anyone say #manspread?
This visual keeps coming into my head in recent weeks because while I’ve received a ton of support around my book and program launch, sometimes I get a different reaction.
First the positive, people are impressed with my systems, messaging, consistency, and the outcome of my effort.
Awesome, it’s always nice to be acknowledged since most of what we all do isn’t seen.
Then there’s always a person who tries to knock you down a few pegs for being audacious enough to live big.
Here’s what I know – if you don’t ever want to get negative feedback, do nothing extraordinary in life.
If you stretch outside your comfort zone, that’s a win, even if you don’t get the exact results you were hoping to achieve.
Most people watching you stretch will feel inspired and may even take some action because you showed them it was possible.
But there may be a person or two who feel threatened by your efforts, especially by your success.
That’s because they can’t imagine that for themselves, and seeing you take action challenges their limiting beliefs about themselves.
Your Challenge For This Week
Sometimes we’re the person achieving, and sometimes we’re the ones with the limiting beliefs.
Which one would you rather be?
Are you willing to take up the amount of space you deserve to occupy even if others crowd you or try to limit your potential?
One way to test this out is to write a weekly email to your subscribers.
Yes, some will unsubscribe.
Celebrate that! This means you are writing to a particular person and those who don’t resonate with your message are self-selecting out.
When they do, this will increase your open rate and your email deliverability.
Don’t mourn the loss of subscribers. Focus on serving those who keep opening up your messages.
Write to inspire. Live to inspire.
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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