This is a guest post from my friend Dina over at Speak Up Powerfully. We met on Google+, one of my new favorite places these days. I instantly liked her wit, charm and soulful willingness to help women Speak Up and become who they want to be in their businesses. Take it away, Dina!
You are what you eat, right? That’s the prevailing food wisdom these days. Everyone is looking for organic produce, grass-fed beef and vitamin water as a way of staying healthy and living longer. I’m definitely in favor of this trend. Running a business is a marathon, never a sprint, so your body needs energy to feed your mind and spirit.
Isn’t it interesting that no one questions the idea that you fuel your body. We clearly see the connection between eating McDonald’s and a uhmm, spreading bottom assets. Yet many solopreneurs, maybe even you, under-estimate the connection between your thoughts and your success.
Who You Think You Are
Stands to reason that if you are what you eat then you are who you think you are. Most of the time when someone is asking you that question- who do you think you are- it’s more of a statement about you being too big for your breeches than an actual question.
This time I’m asking you to make it literal. Who do you think you are in your business? More importantly, who would you like to be?
Not many entrepreneurs I know seriously plan for what kind of business owner you want to be. Yet, unless you do, you’re likely to default into unhelpful, ineffective actions and behaviors that don’t suit you.
Without a clear vision, it’s easy to fall into slashing prices to get business or letting yourself get overwhelmed with work to keep a picky client happy. Once started, these habits snowball- bigger and harder to stop by the moment.
Say who you are to yourself and your clients
How do you turn that around? Be conscious and thoughtful about your brand.
Say who you think you are right now. Write down 5 words that seem to define you now. (I say seem because we are all more and less than we appear to be) Quickly, don’t over-think this.
Don’t judge the words or get too attached to them. Now, of course, your awesomeness can’t be contained in five mere words but these are your starting point in discovering your strengths as an entrepreneur.
Say who you think you will be. Now write down 5 words you aspire to become as a business leader. (Yes, you are a business thought leader even in a company of one.) Don’t worry about how you’ll make that happen for now, just think about how you’d like to feel: more confident, powerful, capable, friendly? You tell me (in the comments).
Why is this important?
A couple of good reasons. One, you’ll know more about you. The first step in becoming a person with high Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is being self-aware. That way you can learn to stop yourself before you make a bad move.
Two, we bring about what we think about, to paraphrase Michael Beckwith, a spiritual leader and coach. You call the universe to assist you in achieving those new traits when you read them daily. (How about putting a sticky on your computer?)
Is this scary? Heck, yeah. I’m all about speaking your truth and that’s typically scary. However, truth-telling is an essential part of emotional intelligence and a good way to stay in integrity with yourself (and avoid a lot of self-inflicted drama). We’re here for you.
Why not post your 5 words in the comments and see how many you have in common?