One of the charms of working for yourself is that things are always fresh. Every day, new technologies, new tools, new players seem to appear out of nowhere. On one hand, it’s exciting, on the other it can quickly become overwhelming.
Some experts are claiming that you should join a new platform, others are exhorting the virtues of a new strategy. Should you update your website? Change your offer? Join a new social media platform? So many possibilities! And as your list of options grows, a certain sense inadequacy begins to win you over.
To a certain point, it’s healthy to be aware of your surroundings. Part of the game is to be relevant. However comparing yourself to others can quickly make your self-confidence plummet and make you feel you are not enough. Not a good place to be! Obviously, that’s not the best feeling in the world. More problematic even, it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy. Energetically, if you believe you’re not enough you will never to be enough. Circumstances will actually begin to prove your belief system.
This is why it’s crucial to break the cycle as quickly as possible. Here are some of my favorite things to do when the first signs of not-good-enough-itis begin to show:
1. While action is important, the greatest minds have come to the conclusion that imagination conquers all. It is Einstein who famously said: “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions”. In other words, where you abide energetically controls the range of your experience. This means that there’s no point in working from a place of fear and inadequacy.
Therefore, even though things now may not look like it, I choose to believe I am enough.
2. It’s your business. Self-employment is not about being a follower. Many roads lead to success and you don’t have to follow everyone else’s formula. You can create your own.
3. In the same vein, when you’re clear on what your goals are. It’s harder to get side-tracked. Spending time remembering why you go started and what you wanted to helps you see through the multitude of possibilities and elect the options that make the most sense for you.
From experience, once I have followed all these steps, the feeling of inadequacy and overwhelm subside and I am able to get back to work with a renewed sense of confidence.