Whether you’ve just started getting visible with a new business or are growing your visibility along with your brand, I get that sharing your voice and promoting your work isn’t always easy or comfortable. Because even if you have plenty of time to dedicate to getting visible and even if you have a great business strategy to guide you, there’s still one thing that can hold you back: your mindset.
We don’t talk about the mindset piece of visibility often. But we should, because the real reason many of us struggle to get visible is that our fears, doubts and limiting beliefs are standing in our way. And if you want to start sharing your work with greater confidence and more ease, you need to get familiar with your mindset around visibility so you can figure out why you aren’t taking action on what you already know you should do.
Though we all have fears, doubts and limiting beliefs that are unique to our business and ourselves, among female entrepreneurs there are some common beliefs that keep us feeling stuck. I’m sharing four of these limiting beliefs with you today to help you explore your own mindset around visibility so you can start making an impact with your voice and your work now.
If you want to start sharing your work with greater confidence and more ease, you need to get familiar with your mindset around visibility so you can figure out why you aren’t taking action on what you already know you should do.
I’m not _________ enough.
It’s hard to take action when you aren’t feeling like you’re “enough”. You might not feel good enough, attractive enough, thin enough, smart enough, young enough, old enough or experienced enough to get visible in the way you’re envisioning. (As you can see, this belief can take many forms.) What it really is, though, is just a story you’re telling yourself about yourself that likely isn’t true. In fact, the question I dare you to ask yourself when this kind of thought comes up is “Says who?”
I haven’t found my voice.
You wouldn’t have a business or a brand if you didn’t have a voice – it’s why you felt passionate enough to start it in the first place. Yes, your voice might need refining or be evolving. But you need to acknowledge that you’ve already found it. You know what your work is about and what you want to share with the world and believing anything else is an excuse.
You wouldn’t have a business or a brand if you didn’t have a voice – it’s why you felt passionate enough to start it in the first place.
I don’t have anything new to say or share.
If you think someone else is already talking about a product or service or movement like yours, you’re probably right. So there is some truth to this belief because it’s all been done before. BUT, you haven’t been the one to do it. And because you have your own style and approach, your work will feel original to people who get to experience it – if you give them the chance.
I’m going to fail.
Yes, you might fail, and it probably won’t feel good. But letting your fear of failure stop you from getting visible is a failure in its own right because it prevents you from moving forward. So, you can stay stuck where you are or you can start getting visible and see what happens. It’s usually worth the risk and, even if you fail, you’ll learn a valuable lesson or two along the way.
When it comes to getting visible, we all face limiting beliefs that hold us back from taking action. But we forget to recognize that we have a choice. We can keep believing them or we can question their truth and let them go.
Yes, you might fail, and it probably won’t feel good. But letting your fear of failure stop you from getting visible is a failure in its own right because it prevents you from moving forward.
If you’re ready to get in the right mindset to share your voice and your work, I’m inviting you to join The Visibility Challenge: 5 Days to Stand Up and Stand Out. We’re kicking off the FREE challenge on December 5th with an inspiring group of women entrepreneurs. To learn more and sign up, CLICK HERE.
Ashley Gartland is a life and business coach for creative and service-based women entrepreneurs who want to grow their businesses, reach their personal and professional goals and define success on their terms. As a former writer, editor, author and event planner, Ashley has more than a decade of experience getting visible and building creative businesses. You can learn more about Ashley’s work and coaching services at www.ashleymgartland.com.