When I set up my own consultancy, I simply wanted to replace my salary plus craft a career on my own terms.
Now, after almost four years, I've -
- spoken at heaps of conferences
- been interviewed multiple times on radio
- been featured by News Corp, The Age and a raft of other high profile publications
- written a book (with a 2nd in the pipeline)
- inspired 100's of women to go out & win raises and/or promotions and
- helped many more to tackle BHAGS well outside their comfort zone.
Plus my consultancy is going gang busters, beyond my wildest dreams.
The problem? I was my own biggest doubter.
"Who on earth was I to aim so high?"
I’m not alone. Research tells us that women start businesses with lower financial targets, frequently aiming merely to replace our salary.
Even when the business does do well, we pay ourselves a lesser salary and don't contribute to superannuation and other benefits as we should.
Typically we also express lower self-confidence, underestimate our expertise, which impacts most on us tackling future stretch opportunities.
Because we’re (still) socialised to play nice, stay safe and be humble.
With the word “ambitious”, even in 2018, seen as pejorative.
At some point, we all need to get out of our own way, not believe the small voice and to focus on what’s possible.
If other people can do it, so can you.
It’s your ability to keep striving despite self-doubt that’s key.
So elevate your expectations then keep your eyes on the prize as you -
- back yourself
- sell yourself and
- express your expertise in language your constituent base values and understands.
Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re categorically, unequivocally, absolutely right.
► Where have you been your own worst enemy & how did you overcome?
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