that fits your life!
By Kathleen Morris, as told by Sara Shelton
Part of our “My Blueprint Story” Series
As an event planner in the corporate world, confidence was never an issue for me. I knew how to do my job, and I knew I was doing it well. It was a path that felt familiar and successful to me, making confidence easy to come by.
But then, that path changed.
I became a mom, and suddenly, success looked different for me. My job required an intense amount of travel and time away from home, but that’s not the picture I saw for my family. So I had to change course. I had to make a shift, and for me, that shift was self-employment.
When I stepped out on my own as an event planner, something unexpected happened.
It felt like I was operating in a totally different world. I knew how to do the job, but I had no idea how to be an entrepreneur. I didn’t know anything about what I needed to do, or how my work should look on a day-to-day level, or even what it meant to work for myself.
And though I was doing my best to make it work, I was doing it with very little confidence that I could actually do what I set out to do as an event planner.
Because of that, I started to hate my business.
Finding more freedom and more time were my two core motivations for starting my own business, but 2 ½ years in, I didn’t feel like I had more of either.
And fortunately, it’s also when I met Shanna. I came to the Blueprint Retreat at just the right point in my journey, and for me, it was a game changer. The tools I learned there helped me finally be able to operate from a place of confidence in my business.
I left feeling like I could say with full confidence, “Hey, you’re good at this! And you can be confident in that!”
That realization became the foundation for everything I did for my business from that point forward. And it started with three major changes.
Up until that point in my business, I didn’t look at myself with confidence. Instead, I looked at myself in comparison to others. And in the process, I was discounting myself and my worth. But when I started to look at myself with confidence—like a real business owner—I saw a shift. I talked differently about my business to myself first. Rather than think of it as a side hustle or part-time thing, I started seeing myself as a badass business owner who was just as good as anyone else in the industry. When I shifted my self-talk, I noticed my confidence grew.
In other words, I learned to speak with confidence about what my business could do for my clients. I learned to sell myself with confidence by talking about my experience and expertise in a way that showed I believed in my worth. Did it feel awkward at first? Definitely! But the more I mustered up strength to talk about my business with confidence, the easier it got.
Part of the reason I didn’t see myself as a confident business owner is because I wasn’t treating myself like one. So I shifted the way I worked. I set up an office and treated it as a sacred workspace. I set hours for myself every single day to develop some consistency. I got up, I got dressed, and I went to work, just like I would have done at my other job. Making a simple shift in the way I treated myself and my time was huge in helping me find confidence to see this as a real job.
I’m six years into self-employment now, and things are totally different. And I truly believe that’s because I made simple changes to the way I saw my business, my abilities, and myself. Now, I operate from a place of confidence, and that has changed my life.
→ finally making money doing what you love!
→ providing real income for your family without having to sacrifice all your time and energy to the non-stop hustle.
→ transforming your business (and life!) just like hundreds of other men and women who’ve implemented this proven business blueprint.
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