In my 20+ years of being employed by someone else, I rarely had permission to make bold calls on my own. Much like life as a student or child, there were always rules I had to follow. But suddenly, as an entrepreneur, the rules no longer exist. And the secret is, it’s infinitely more comfortable to stay within boundaries you’ve always known, instead of recognizing or redefining them for the betterment of yourself or your business.
A few weeks ago, a friend apologetically announced that she was eating cereal for dinner. “Tracy, you’re a grown woman!” I told her. “If you want to eat dinner at 7 in the morning then you do that. The world is your oyster and so is the schedule. Eat ice cream for dinner. Have steak for breakfast. There are no rules. We’re only living with the boundaries we believe to be true.”
These perceived boundaries, which you may unknowingly allow to dictate direction in your business, need only one thing to disappear. Permission from YOU. They’re NOT rules – you’re just allowing them to be. Easier said than done, right? So here are a few tips to support the tough love I’m dishing out.
The one sentence that has helped me and entrepreneurs around me the most with this idea is “I’m the Boss.” One of our mastermind members was stressing about delaying her launch date for a new product. “Who’s the boss?” I asked her. “I’m the boss!” she said. The only person who really stood to be disappointed with the launch delay was her, but her perceived boundary of sticking to a date regardless of feasibility had been a) providing an excuse and b) keeping her from doing the type of launch she really wanted to. So remember, in your business – YOU are the boss.
If you really need something tangible, make yourself a few permission slips. You can find a free download here. These obviously aren’t a necessity – but they do make it more fun!
At the end of the day, there are two important takeaways I hope you remember:
- The only person who can give YOU permission as a business owner, idea generator, magic maker, or more is YOU.
- You owe it to YOURSELF to write all the Permission Slips you need.
Cheering you on – Erika
A SPECIAL GIFT FROM ERIKA TO OUR COMMUNITY:
Erika is giving our community a 10% discount on tickets to the Permission Slip Conference on Monday, December 4th!
Date: Monday, December 4th, 2023 | 8:30am – 7:00pm
Location: The Mill & Mine, Knoxville, TN
About: A boutique conference for female entrepreneurs (by female entrepreneurs)
Discount Details: Use code LETHERSPEAK to receive 10% off tickets!