At various points on the self-employment journey, it’s very normal to ask yourself, “Why am I doing this??!”
Running your own business is certainly not the easiest path in the world. If it were, everyone would be taking it.
It takes courage, persistence and the willingness to be visible and vulnerable. It takes commitment, acceptance of the unknown and humility. It takes an openness to fall just a little bit in love with marketing.
But no matter how challenging the path, there are two words I cannot hear without feeling inspired. Two words that reignite my motivation, give meaning to all the turbulence, and fuel me for the next steps.
Can you guess what those two words are?
Over the years, I’ve found my positivity gobbled up by self-doubts on numerous occasions. I’ve got stuck in dips, lost the vision and considered throwing in the towel. I’ve fallen out of touch with what it’s all about.
And then I get an email or a message on Facebook or a tweet which includes these two simple yet extraordinarily powerful words: THANK YOU.
What do those words do for you?
For me, those two words make it all worthwhile. They say:
You’re making a difference.
Because of you, something in my life is better/easier/less stressful/more joyful.
You’re useful. You’re helpful.
Thank you for showing up.
Thank you for existing.
And so my invitation to you is to finish 2013 by giving this gift to someone who’s walking the self-employed path.
“Thank you” gets super-power-charged when you get specific. So, I’ll kick us off with a template you can borrow.
Thank you for existing: Penelope, crafty jeweller at Little Nomad.
A few specific things I appreciate about you:
- Every email we exchanged was full of love and goodwill.
- Your pricing was clear and made sense and you were upfront about it, I didn’t have to ask for it.
- Your handwritten note in the parcel felt personal and heart-to-heart.
- You were true to your word about when the parcel would arrive. You kept me up to date in all our communications so it felt we were in it together.
The difference you’ve made in someone else’s world:
- My partner will be thrilled and delighted with the hand-crafted Christmas earrings. (Shhh… nobody tell her!)
- You’ve saved me hours of trawling the internet looking for just the right gift.
- I felt cherished as a brand-new customer and excited about how easy and enjoyable gift-finding can be.
So, over to you
Let’s use this space to celebrate the wonderful individuals who, through choosing self-employment, are enriching the lives of others.
A massage therapist, a coach, a raw chocolate maker, an EFT practitioner, a WordPress developer, a dog trainer – who made a difference to your 2013?
Tell us about them in the comments section below. (And then send them the link to this blog so they can come and be wowed by how appreciated they are.) I can’t wait to see who we’re celebrating.
Your turn next year?
If you want to be acknowledged for touching lives but currently feel like the world’s best kept secret, then this is your last chance to get front of queue for the Passion to Profit training course. We’re opening enrollment very soon and being on this list will give you early access, plus a special price. Join the list here.
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© Corrina Gordon-Barnes 2013