One of the things that makes me feel enough is knowing there are others out there feeling and experiencing the same doubt, anxiety, or insecurities as I am, which is why I am thrilled to have Elizabeth Spevack, the founder of Heart and Soul Living, sharing her voice today. Elizabeth specializes in empowering women by helping them break through their self-imposed barriers, build their trust in themselves and share their unique gifts with the world. Elizabeth’s passion is opening the eyes of women experiencing deep anxiety to the world of opportunities around them – and the potential within them. After earning her MBA, she realized her calling is as a coach, encouraging women to pursue the unlikeliest of dreams and to strive towards making them a reality.
When I first started my life coaching business, I was passionate and, to be completely honest, at least a little nervous. I had never had my own business before and knew there would be a lot to learn and do. Let’s get right down to the marketing, I thought as I signed up for a marketing bootcamp. Let’s decide on my target market and what their needs are. So far, so good.
OK – now what can you offer them?
What? Um…Good question. Could you repeat it?
What can you offer your clients?
Don’t get me wrong, I wrote some things on paper, but they didn’t sound very convincing even to me.
And then I decided to focus on helping women with anxiety since I know what that’s like, I’ve learned a lot along the way and feel like I have a lot to offer in that area. So ready to go, right? Not so fast.
But anxiety still gets in my way sometimes, I thought. It can hold me back from doing what I want to do. Yes, I’ve learned a lot over the years and feel like I can really help people, and I’m so grateful for the positive feedback I’ve received. I feel deep within that this is what I’m meant to do.
But still…the doubts come to mind. If I’m not completely over my anxiety, am I not a hypocrite by promoting myself as someone who can help others deal with theirs and pursue their dreams despite their anxiety? What if people find out that my anxiety still has an impact on me? Will they think I’m a fraud?
And on and on these thoughts go. Until I force myself to realize something – I don’t have to be perfect to be able to help other people. No, my anxiety isn’t gone, but I have learned and implemented many tips and tools along the way, and I believe that I can help people from where I’m at right now.
Where are you holding yourself back, waiting to be “perfect” before you let other people see, before you fully commit yourself to pursuing your dreams, telling your anxiety, “You don’t control me anymore”?
For today, let “good enough” be good enough. And you may be amazed by how you feel and what you are able to achieve!