Confession: at the start of my business I had a black belt in hiding in plain sight and it cost me.
I’ve been consistent and have shown up with content online every day in my business from day one. Doesn’t sound like hiding, right?
Except, my first year in business, I wasn’t energetically taking up space. I wasn’t owning my worth or my work, and I sure as hell wasn’t selling.
This kind of consistency can feel more like spinning your wheels and getting nowhere fast than the power of consistency I preach will help you build trust and get paid.
I was showing up and shrinking all at the same time.
I was so worried about what other people might think.I worried about that girl from high school who didn’t like me.
I worried about that person I worked with in an acting job ten years ago would judge me.
I was worried about that woman who ran a FB group (that I didn’t know) and what she’d say. None of these people were a part of my life, but I was so worried about what they might think or that someone out there might not like me.
This meant, I ran my business and made business decisions from a place of fear and hid in plain sight to keep myself ‘safe’.
That fear? Saying I’m excellent at what I do. I’ve always been a confident coach. I know I’m great at what I do; I was worried that if I played a bigger game, someone else might feel bad, feel uncomfortable, or they would judge me.
It wasn’t until I decided what I wanted in business was more important than my fear and leaned into taking up more space consistently that everything changed in my business.
I’m celebrating my 5th year in business this week (stats say 50% of small businesses will fail by year 5, and only 12% of women-owned businesses generated more than $100k in revenue in 2018).
As a woman-owned, multi-six-figure business that takes home a great profit margin and continues to grow and scale, I’ll tell you, consistency alone isn’t enough, and hiding in plain sight as a business owner will contribute to those stats.
Hiding in plain sight feels comfortable, but it stops your business income and impact before it starts.
Deciding you want to succeed more than you don’t want to feel fear, and being willing to get uncomfortable and take up more space is what makes your consistent action work for you to make sustainable profit year after year in business.
This is something I now support so many of my clients with, and I can see the moment they step into unapologetically taking up and owning their space because is the moment their business blows up.
Ready to stop hiding in plain sight, take up space like a boss, and get paid?
Awareness is 90% of the game. Notice and observe where you’re hiding.
Then, shine a light on those fears keeping you in hiding. Ask yourself: What’s scary about taking up more space? How does hiding in plain sight serve me?
How can I create safety around taking up more space?
What do I want more than I don’t want to feel fear?
What’s one small step I can take today to energetically and physically take up and own more of my space?
Then, go out there, when you’re still feeling the fear, and claim your space, embody it, stretch in it, own it, and take it up. Rinse and repeat. Making more money doing what you love is on the other side of your fear and taking up space like the boss you are.
Wishing you your version of success!