The path you’re walking on – when you crave to make a difference using your talents and gifts in your own business – can be bumpy, uncertain, overwhelming, at times isolating and lonely, and you may feel like it’s a never-ending uphill trek. Especially when you are just starting out, or you have lost your way a little.
And yet, it’s can also be beautiful, rewarding, creative, exhilarating, inspiring, authentic, filled with truth and the full version of you. And for those of us who choosing to hike this bumpy but challenging path, we wouldn’t have it any other way. We know it’s right, for us.
But you don't have to do it all alone.
The Business Case for Moxie
You are unique. Your business will be a full reflection of your individuality. The difference you want to make cannot be created by any other human being in your lifetime, or ever again. Nobody else can be you, replace you, or do your work and calling in your way.
You don’t fall in line, you are the line. You make the decisions and choices of how you are going to show up and do your work.
You and your values, your beliefs, your core, you have to bring your whole Self to the party.
And, I believe, that takes moxie,
It takes courage, confidence, and bravery stay grounded and connected with who you are.
It takes commitment and compassion to allow your work that matters to be shaped and guided by your core values: to allow them to show you the way through tough and challenging moments, to allow them to help keep your passions and purpose alive and ignited, and always there in your first thoughts when choosing where to focus your attention. For them to move you gently and gracefully towards what matters, and not away from it.
The service and the product comes from you, it is secondary in your business.
At some stage, you’re going to reach out and build relationships with the people you want to work with, help and serve.
That means you have to take all of who you are and put it out into the world to be seen, in a language that people understand and can connect with so that they can make a choice if what you are offering is for them, or not.
And this – in my experience and those of my clients – is where people can start to disconnect from their core, they get lost, get overwhelmed and let fear take over, the lose confidence in themselves.
You may not remember the road you set out on and the reason why you started. Your values get hijacked by the shiny lights and publicity stunts belonging to others. You may start to doubt yourself and wonder what gives you the right to be showing up.
The most amazing, heart-centred, passion-driven, savvy, smart and genuine people – with great ideas, talents, gifts to offer the world –completely lose themselves, their meaning and why.
They go round and round in circles, trying to connect all the dots, operating from fear, comparing themselves and their work with others, they burn out and give up.
It doesn't have to be that way for you. It really doesn't.
A Journey Like No Other
Whatever your thing is, your values are strong, and they are probably the reason why you started. Your passion isn’t up for question. You want to leave the world in a better place.
But something is holding you back from being a full expression of who you really are. You intuitively know that nobody can do your business the way that you can, so why does it feel that you are only bringing a small part to what – could possibly be – the most exciting and creative thing you are doing with your life right now?
Your business starts with you and ends with you – who you are, what you care deeply and passionately about, your values and intentions, what difference you want to make and why you are making it – it requires all of you.
I compare it to a love affair.
Your Business Is Like a Love Affair
Sometimes steamy. Often a challenge. Plenty shades of unknowns. It begins with the sexiest honeymoon: filled with excitement, exhilarating, a container of hope and anticipation of what could be created and what’s possible.
You – like every other person who has taken this path – realise pretty darned quickly that this affair you have chosen for yourself is going to be a relationship like no other. It can be a test, it will grow you, develop you, teach you about your hidden depths,
It can be a test, it will grow you, develop you, teach you about your hidden depths, your fears and doubts, and although many have perhaps warned you about what it’s really going to take, it’s not until you begin do you really understand what they meant.
Some days you find you want to divorce and separate yourself from what you’ve started/created – ‘it’s not you, it’s me, I can’t keep this up, I’m tired, exhausted, I’m stuck, stopped, stalled, who am I in this relationship?’ – other days there is no question in your mind that you’re exactly where you are supposed to be, creating, being and doing what you’ve been put on this glorious earth to do, and all of it is worth it.
And it’s a very personal trip, that even those closest to you will not fully understand no matter how much you try and explain it to them.
It is a challenge – especially when there is a very noisy world telling you this is how it’s done, pay attention here, this is what you should be doing, go big, or go home, make a million by Tuesday, do this or you and your business will die a slow and painful death, this is the way – to remain true to yourself, your word, your core, the reason why you started.
How I Can Help You
I have been a solo business owner for 13 years. It's been quite a journey. Plenty highs and lows. Equal measures of successes and flops. Days of wanting to quit, months of having to pinch myself that I am doing exactly what I want to do.
I love helping people who are just starting out in their business or are working and hustling at the same time. People who are called to align themselves to help others, either through their work, their careers, their ideas, their art, their words. Perhaps you’re a professional helper, healer, therapist. Maybe you're an artist, a coach, revolutionary, a trainer, a teacher. You could be in a transition from career to a one-person business.
Coaching & Mentoring
I have various coaching packages available: single session, 3 months and 6 months. All packages ask you to complete coaching intake form (to see if I am the right person for you, and you for me). All the packages are different, however, they all include a coaching assessment (before we meet), your package and aftercare.
Coaching takes place online during office hours (GMT), or can be arranged face to face. To read more about coaching and mentoring please click here.
Campfires are open to you if you're on a mission to light up the world with your gifts and talents, you crave, learn and grow from deep conversation, connection, and community.
It's not networking - far from it - but if a conversation leads to a collaboration and deeper connection, that can only be a good thing.
It’s where your creativity flows, your ideas are ignited, and your passions are lit and fueled. Click here to find out more about Moxie Campfires.
To find out more about e-courses, please click here. If you are currently in self-employment and looking to start your own business you may find Do What You Love to Do a great course to explore your options. If you are looking to build your confidence and self-esteem to show up authentically in your business, please check The Moxie Project.
Please do check the free resources available. Can I draw your attention to the Core Values Workbook and 100 Days to Done - details on that page.
And visit the blog. There are over 300 articles available. Many of which are geared to running your own business including:
Read: Don’t Dilute Who You Are