Tips & Talk 25 – Let’s Rank Your Confidence Level

Confidence revealed through a torn paperCertainly this varies from day to day and in different situations, but having a solid level of confidence overall is necessary in order to be a successful business owner. Small handmade product businesses in particular need a leader who projects confidence. You are the focal point as the maker right beside your fabulous products.

Pulling from a talk by Lisa Paden at the Gift Designer’s Conference, let’s talk about 5 Traits of Low Confidence and how to address these obstacles to get the results you’re seeking.

Here are the traits we’ll address:

  • Doubting your abilities
  • Feeling ilsolated
  • Running from challenges or taking risks
  • No self grace

Upgrade your ranking in these areas and you’ll see an impact on your sales and happiness!

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Hi there.

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It's Sue.

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And thanks for joining me for tips and talk day.

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These are bite-sized topics that I pull from community questions and

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things that I'm observing in the world of handmade small business.

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If you'd like to submit a topic,

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DME, over on Instagram at gift biz unwrapped,

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how's your confidence ranking.

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I'm recently back from Phoenix,

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where I attended the gifted designer conference kicking off that event.

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Lisa Payden from the personal gift basket did a presentation on

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creating a confident you and I heard what she had to

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say. I thought,

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ah, ha,

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this could be a tips and talk conversation where I can

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add my personal spin to the things that she's talking about.

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This whole idea of confidence is so important because it literally

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can make or break your business.

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As I work with people who are just starting out,

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I'll tell you some people don't even take the very first

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step because they're concerned about themselves and whether they can actually

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do it.

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And this plays right into a portion of Lisa's presentation,

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where she stated five traits of low confidence.

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I titled this,

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what's your confidence ranking,

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and I'm not doing a numbers thing where you have to

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add up your points and figure out where you are on

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a scale.

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But I want you to mentally just think to yourself,

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well, how am I ranking on each of these five points

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of low confidence?

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The first one is doubting your abilities.

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Where do you rank in terms of whether you think you

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have the ability to succeed in your business?

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Many have a dream that they'd like to pursue,

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but they're afraid that it's not going to be able to

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work for them because why they don't have any business experience

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never in their past.

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Have they ever been really working to do something themselves?

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They've always been working for someone and being told what they

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should do or what their job is.

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And now it would be all on them.

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So they're worried about if they actually have the experience and

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the ability to run their own business.

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I'll also see people being concerned about marketing and sales.

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I've never done that before.

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I'm not outgoing secretly an inter divert all of those types

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of things.

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When you're thinking that way,

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you're mentally getting in your head,

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that you don't have the ability.

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Let me share with you the real truth.

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You can have as much book smarts as you want.

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And I'll see people who have a lot of experience,

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they have that degree and they're no better than somebody who's

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just starting out without having had the experience.

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So I want you to stop thinking about,

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do I have the ability,

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especially with all the access that we have these days to

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all different resources,

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information, it's so much she's your now than ever before.

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You don't need coding.

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You don't need tons of technical ability.

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You need your skill.

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You need what you bring to the product that you create.

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And from there you can learn everything else.

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So this first one,

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again, doubting your abilities.

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This decreases your level of confidence.

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The same second one that Lisa talked about was feeling isolated,

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feeling like you're in this all by yourself.

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So how are you ever going to learn everything?

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Because you're all alone.

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I think the reason why we feel less than confident with

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this particular one is that we're afraid to reach out for

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help. We're afraid to ask other people or even admit that

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maybe we don't know something.

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When in truth,

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there are so many people available to help you at the

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conference that I've been referencing here.

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They're all people with similar types of businesses and what are

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we doing?

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We're in a room supporting each other because we're each in

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certain areas of the country.

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We each have different audiences.

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So don't feel like you have to either keep your product

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so close to you and not let other people know about

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it because you're afraid they're going to steal your idea or

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all those other things.

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If you're feeling like your,

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just all by yourself,

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reach out to business groups like chamber of commerce or small

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business association,

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and start rubbing shoulders with other people who are doing a

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similar thing to you,

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because there is no reason you should feel isolated,

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nor is that the best way to achieve success.

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You want to be surrounded with other people who are doing

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something very similar to you.

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Point number three of traits.

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When you have low confidence is running from challenges,

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not taking risks at all.

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Anyone you talk to who's had a successful business will tell

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you that you take more risks and you see that things

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don't necessarily work out the way you want many,

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many, many times before you actually land what works.

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This is just part of the gig.

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This is part of what you buy into.

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When you decide you're going to build your own business,

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you're going to try something.

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It's not going to work.

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You're going to tweak it a little bit.

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You'll try something else.

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It might not work.

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You'll hear about something that someone else is doing.

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You try that.

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Maybe it works a little bit for you.

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And then finally you land on something that is the golden

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gem that really works for you.

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But it's by taking all of these little individual steps that

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you get to the point where something actually truly works.

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You need to be a risk taker.

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Yeah, it's going to be uncomfortable.

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But when you think of these things as experiments and you

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take these risks,

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that's when see success.

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And if you run from everything,

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if you just want to do it,

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the easy,

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safe way,

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you'll never get anywhere.

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comparing yourself to others.

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When you compare yourself to authors,

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obviously you get intimidated and your confidence drops way down.

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All right?

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Comparisonitis we all have it.

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No matter how successful you are.

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If you start looking at what other people are doing,

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it starts to intimidate you and make you feel maybe a

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little bit less than,

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and maybe someone else's doing something better than you.

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It's natural to feel that way.

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I found the best thing is look at other people who

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are doing something similar and use it to your advantage versus

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it totally tanking your confidence.

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What are they doing that you could add to what you're

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doing? And honestly,

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not everything that other businesses do is something that would integrate

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well within your own company.

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Even if you're selling the same product,

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because you have different audiences,

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yours spin off your business in terms of the messaging that

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you bring might be different.

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So you always want to look at what other people are

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doing in your industry,

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and then judge for yourself of whether it applies to your

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business or not,

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not judging that they're doing something that you're not doing.

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And for whatever reason,

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then they're better.

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That's when the comparison itis comes in.

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The other thing to keep yourself in check.

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When you're looking at other people is remind yourself of how

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long they've been in business.

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If you've started only a year or two ago,

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and you're comparing yourself against somebody who's been in business for

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10 or 15,

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nine years,

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obviously you're going to see things a little more buttoned down.

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They've been doing this way longer than you have.

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So don't use them as a marker in the sand of

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what you have or haven't achieved yet.

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There are also people I will say that start their business

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and right away just catapult and move forward very quickly.

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Well, that's great,

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but they might have hired coaches.

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They might have started with more funding than you.

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I mean,

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everyone starts at a different place.

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So you really need to think of your business as your

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own journey.

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Listen, there are lots of different reasons why people will start

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their business.

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Some of it is the empowerment that you feel the excitement

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of building something for yourself,

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getting out of being committed to somebody else for the nine

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to five and all of their goals.

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You want to work towards your goals.

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There are lots of different reasons.

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And you know,

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none of what I just said was only to make money,

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right? Because there are psychological reasons why you start your business.

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There are more concrete,

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financial reasons why you would start your business,

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et cetera.

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And when we're talking about confidence,

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all of that sits in psychological zone,

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doesn't it?

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Okay. Rounding this out.

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Point number five on Lisa's chart.

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No self grace.

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Why are we so hard on ourselves all the time?

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You know,

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when we trip just the littlest bit,

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we say such mean things to ourselves and we just put

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ourselves down in this little hole,

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like I knew you couldn't do this.

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Who were you thinking that you would be able to create

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your own business from scratch?

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No, no,

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no, no,

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no enough of that kind of thinking,

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give yourself some grace,

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especially if you're doing something for the very first time you're

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learning, you're going to improve and you're going to get better

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each and every time.

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And just think about something that maybe you've done in your

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life. That the first time you weren't so good at,

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but now that you've perfected your systems or your ways you've

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trained yourself,

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now you're a pro at it.

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So again,

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the five traits of lower self-confidence are doubting our abilities,

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feeling isolated.

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And I'm going to say feeling isolated versus needing to be

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isolated. You aren't three running from challenges.

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So not being a risk taker because that we have to

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do. If we're going to see any level of success,

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comparing ourselves to others,

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I know we do it.

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It feels so yucky,

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doesn't it.

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But if you put it into a different position in your

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mind about what you're actually looking at,

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when you look at others versus saying,

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they're better than me,

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just look at examples of things that they do,

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that you could potentially integrate in to up your game.

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And finally,

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this whole idea of self grace being nicer to yourself and

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allowing yourself to learn.

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A lot of us are moms here.

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If you're a little toddlers learning to walk and they fall

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down and skin,

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their knee do yell at them and tell them they're bad.

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And they'll never be a good Walker.

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Of course not.

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You know,

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you lift them up and you tell them it's okay.

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It's okay.

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And then you guide them a little bit.

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You know,

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you give them some stability.

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They strengthen their legs.

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And my guess is they learn how to walk.

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We need to do the same thing for ourselves.

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Okay? Have a little grace and caring and comfort for yourself.

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When you upgrade your whole support system and the ideas under

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this confidence factor,

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you'll see an impact on your sales because you're going to

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show up stronger.

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And just by being more confident,

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you're going to attract more business and more sales to you.

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We all know when you're talking with other people and they're

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like, oh yeah.

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Oh wait,

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you want to know how much that cost?

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Well, let me go back and look on my sheet,

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you know,

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versus someone who says,

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oh yes,

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those are three for $15.

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And the great thing this product is that whatever you're going

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to say,

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you're much more likely to buy from someone who's interacting with

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you confidently.

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And if you're interested in purchasing guides,

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you along the path to the sale,

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Michelle James from uniquely made for more provided a great comment

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on this topic.

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She says,

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as humans,

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we're imperfect prone to fail and make mistakes.

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We need to accept our humanity,

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laugh at ourselves,

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brush it off and keep moving right on Michelle.

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And thanks,

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Lisa, for the inspiration for the topic today.

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Now let's all go out and face the world with confidence.

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That's a wrap.

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I'm a get to the point kind of girl.

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And this is what you can expect from these quick midweek

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sessions. Now it's your turn go out and fulfill that dream

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of yours.

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