Monthly Archives: October 2015

Afraid people will judge you if you “come out of the closet” as a coach?

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To be your most powerful self in the world and grow the business you are capable of, it’s vitally important that you shed light onto the fears and blocks standing in your way.

And one of the biggest fears I hear again and again from my clients is the fear of disapproval and judgment from others.

I’ll invite them to post about their business on Facebook or start introducing themselves as a coach when they’re out and about in the world, and they’ll say something like,

“OMG I don’t think I’m ready for that yet.  What if people criticize and judge me? What if my family and friends don’t approve or think I’m crazy? What if I have haters?”

The fear of criticism is POWERFUL.

And on a certain level this makes sense. Outspoken women have been metaphorically (and literally) bunt at the stake for centuries. The fear of being judged and shamed is woven into the collective unconscious of our society. But what we often don’t realize, at least on a conscious level, is that it is actually safe to speak our truth now.

Western women have more power to share our voices and express ourselves than anywhere else and at any other time in history. But many of us have a deeply entrenched need for approval that is holding us back.

Ask yourself:

  • Does the fear of criticism or disapproval strike a chord with you?
  • If you really spoke your truth, who are you worried you might offend or disappoint?
  • Is their approval really worth you playing small and not achieving your dreams? (put another way, if you had to choose between these people’s approval and a big pile of money + personal satisfaction, which would you pick?)

Here’s the thing.

When you first start your coaching business (before you have a fancy website, professional photos, or marketing systems and structures in place) the easiest way to get hired is through acquaintances and friends of friends.  But the only way that word of mouth will happen is if you are open and confident about being a coach!

The following quote by Danielle LaPorte sums up my thoughts on the fear of disapproval perfectly:

“I have never met someone who is living a bold and successful life—and by successful I mean prosperous, kind, and in touch with the meaningfulness of what he’s doing—who has apologized for being perfectionist, mercurial, unrelenting, or whatever his slightly controversial hallmark characteristics are. You will always be too much of something for someone: too big, too loud, to soft, too edgy. If you round out your edges, you lose your edge.”

NOW GO LET THE WORLD SEE THE AUTHENTIC, WONDERFUL, AND WILDLY LOVABLE HUMAN THAT YOU ARE!

xoxo

Rebecca

A not so sexy (but oh so necessary) post about money management

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Just as it’s hard to prepare a gourmet meal in a messy kitchen or assemble a fabulous outfit in a disorganized closet, building a thriving coaching business is next-to-impossible when your finances are a hot mess!

Unfortunately, however, many women find the topic of money management to be about as appealing as a root canal or trip to the DMV.

Can you relate?

If you feel at all anxious or disorganized when you think about your financial situation, it WILL impact your ability to bring in the income you desire as a coach.

To clear away stagnant energy around money and help you become a magnet for the wealth you desire, take some time to answer the following questions and really notice what comes up for you do (bonus points if you light a scented candle, throw on some up-beat tunes and pop a glass of bubbly as you do this—ANYTHING to make the exercise as FUN as possible!).

  1. How much money did you bring in last year?
  2. How much are you currently making/month and where is that money coming from?
  3.  Approximately how much are you spending each month (mint.com is an amazing + free tool to help you categorize your spending)?
  4. How much would you like to be making per month?
  5. What will you use that money for? Is this aligned with/on purpose for where you currently are in your life? Are you over or under-reaching?
  6. What fears do you have about making the money you desire?
  7. How might these fears be holding you back?
  8. What new empowering beliefs could you replace the fears with?

Whew – good job sister!

I know that wasn’t necessarily easy and I am so freaking proud of you. You officially have my permission to pour yourself a much-deserved cocktail (or green smoothie if that’s more your jam) and pat yourself on the back for a job well-done.