On February 1st I will be entering into my 8th year of self-employment. This feels significant to me. Like a rite of passage; a marker of persistance and determination; a brilliant reflection of hard-work and self-belief. Oh yeah. It totally feels like this.
Eight years of doing work that I love.
Eight years of learning how to market, blog, sell, teach, create, partner, adapt.
Eight years of courage and vulnerability.
Eight years of understanding, clarifying and claiming my zone of genius.
And on the cusp of this 8th year I’ve realized something very important. In order to move forward, fully committed to my own evolution and to the organic growth and needs of my business: I need to let go.
I need to let go of my cozy, security blankets, like the services and processes that I’ve outgrown. And, I especially need to let go of the limiting beliefs that keep me wrapped tightly in those safe, familiar blankets. I’ve known for a while that in order to step into this next leg of my entrepreneurial journey I need to lighten my load. I need to free myself up to receive what’s next. Literally and figuratively.
So today, I am officially announcing the upcoming changes to my work.
(Ack. This feels uncomfortable. I’m totally squirming.)
I’m letting go of:
1. My 1:1 Business Mentorship Program for new entrepreneurs AND the limiting belief that tells me I might offend someone if I do this. The other limiting belief that says “that’s what people know you for so now you’re screwed”. And the other limiting belief that says “your new 1:1 service won’t be nearly as popular”.
I’m letting it go.
2. My live, online group In Your Element.
I’m letting it go.
3. Following the crowd. Even though I always thought I did my own thing. I didn’t. I played it safe and brought marketing 101 stuff into my biz. This is not my zone of genius. In fact, it gets in the way of my truest brilliance as a thought partner for established women entrepreneurs. AND, I’m letting go of the limiting belief that says “are you really that brilliant? Genius is a strong word.”
I’m letting it go.
My first step was acknowledging what I’ve outgrown. Followed by lots and lots of discussions with my inner circle about what this means. Flushing out the essence of it all, the deeper meaning and big WHY behind my thoughts and feelings. Naming the values (always naming the values). Hearing my own words and desires reflected back to me.
My second step is claiming this “out loud”. Moving beyond my inner circle and out into my community of friends, clients, peers and mentors. (This post is Step 2.)
I see the third step as the follow through. The behaviours, actions, and structures that will support me in letting go and replacing what was with what’s next. I know this will take time, patience and courage.
Here I am. One step at a time. Committed to myself and my business. Being courageous and vulnerable all at the same time. Thank you for being here too.
Curious about what’s next? Here’s a peek . . .
1. A new 1:1 service for established women entrepreneurs.
2. A new experiential learning program for women entrepreneurs focused on advancing self-growth, sovereignty (personal power) and building a business around your own zone of genius.
4. New website copy to reflect the changes.
Over to You
What part of your story are you ready to let go of? Where are you ready to step into your vast brilliance with courage and committment? Please leave a comment on the blog, I’d love to hear from you.
This post is part of the Let it Go Project: a collection of stories leading up to a beautiful releasing ritual, hosted by Sas Petherick on the 30th of January. All the details for this free event are here. And you can take part! Be inspired by other posts in this project, and share what you are ready to let of of on the Let it Go Project Community Page!