How do you feel about having an online presence?
Happy, relaxed, calm and in control? Many heart-centred solopreneurs feel the exact opposite, and come out in a cold sweat at the thought of making themselves visible online…
This is a crying shame as they are effectively hiding the very talents they dearly wish to share with the world, so that they can be of service to those that need them the most.
So where does this fear come from?
If you are providing a service built out of a passion it’s got to be close to your heart…
Most solopreneurs I work with run businesses that are intrinsically linked with who THEY are as people.
So you are not just putting your business out there, you are putting the very essence of yourself out there too. And this can feel uncomfortable. It can bring up fears around rejection, failure, or even success. You are putting yourself on the line…I know how scary that is as I’ve been there too.
For almost a year I felt paralysed about my business. I knew the direction I’d been going in no longer fit, but every time I attempted to figure out how to change it, I became like a “deer in headlights” and couldn’t move.
It was only when I gained clarity that I was able to see the source of this overwhelm…too much information
The more I felt stuck the more I tried new and different methods to get unstuck. I took a number of different psychometric tests to work out my personality type and my strengths – to help me get clear on whom I could best serve and how. Unfortunately I ended up more confused then ever as there were just too many things to consider!
I needed simplicity – an easy process to get clear on who were my tribe, my perfect offer, and how to market it effectively. (Thank goodness I discovered Passion to Profit run by Corrina Gordon-Barnes of You Inspire Me – this course was my saviour last Autumn as it provided me with a step-by-step process to get from where I was to where I wanted to be – easily).
Perfectionism = paralysis
And guess what? Until I felt clear I simply wanted to hide…I didn’t want to be seen as someone who didn’t know what they were doing.
Yep, it came back full circle…
…but let’s face it who ever does have everything completely sorted out in business (or life for that matter?)
So rather than get completely overwhelmed trying to be the most perfect version of yourself, simply show up authentically for your tribe. They will respect you and love you for it, honest!
Over to you
Do you have perfectionist tendencies too, and how have they stopped you from being visible online? Please share your stories in the comments – I can guarantee you are not alone, and your insights will be super valuable to other heart-centred solopreneurs.
Is fear stopping you from getting online? Do you hear yourself saying “I wish I loved my website” but don’t know where to start so that it really reflects you and your unique offering ? Find out how I can help, and the services I offer.
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