“That’s not how you do it.”
If you look around, it won’t take you long to find someone more scared than you ready to worry-monger your dreams.
And, if you’re asking for permission, you’re already asking the wrong question: questioning yourself before other voices chime in asking you to stay small.
When I wanted to graduate college early, the counselor told me it was a bad idea I graduated magna cum laude a year early anyway.
When I then moved to LA two weeks later to pursue my dream back then of acting, there were plenty of people who told me how impossible it would be I moved, stayed ten years, lived out my then-version of success, and booked over a dozen commercials and indie films (and even got to film in South Africa!).
When I quit my job, sold my car, and picked up from LA to ‘start over’ in NYC (without a job) there was more than one person who questioned the idea (like, how would I survive in the wilds of Manhattan?!) I’m still here almost eight years later and doing way more than surviving running a multi-six-figure business with a team doing the work that sets my heart on fire (if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere, right? ).
When I thought I wanted to break into the advertising world (my pre-business “real” job), I met a lot of closed doors and got a lot of resume smackdown I also kept knocking until one opened and got a job (working for someone who also turned out to be an incredible mentor and friend).
When I found coaching and knew that’s what I had to do with my life and started a business, some of those same advertising folks literally said, ‘How can she do that?’, behind my back I’ve since gone on to build, grow, and scale a coaching business MY way that I LOVE and has been fully booked for years and has supported countless clients to create their version of business success and hit record-breaking income months (from $10k to $100k months).
Can you imagine if I had asked for permission along the way?
If I had listened to other people’s fears?
If I hadn’t trusted myself enough to decide and go for what I wanted and knew what was right for me?
Pretty sure things would have turned out pretty differently.
Because no matter how great your idea is, how talented you are, how driven and capable you may be, there’s always going to be someone who will yuck your yum.
Creating your version of success, building, growing, and scaling a profitable business you’re freaking in love with on your terms asks you to step outside your comfort zone again and again BEFORE you have evidence...often when other people are quick to tell you all the reasons to stay exactly where you are.
And, it’s pretty normal to want someone else’s permission and stamp of approval to help soothe and ease the discomfort.
But, come on, you and I know business growth is on the other side of discomfort, right?!
Instead of looking for permission and approval, what if you got curious about why you want it in the first place.
What are you hoping someone else can give you?
What’s keeping you from trusting yourself?
And, what if you got into the driver’s seat and made decisions in your business instead of crowdsourcing permission?
’Cause that’s how you step into the role of CEO of your business AND life.
Want that next level of success and record-breaking income months? Stop asking for permission and looking for validation and give it to yourself instead.
Give yourself permission to publish the thing, share the thing, take action on the thing, and do the damn thing.
Put those earmuffs and blinders on, DECIDE it’s yours, and show up for what you want like it’s already yours every damn day until you can say, “I’m so glad I didn’t listen to what people said.”
Wishing you your version of success!