‘OMG I can’t believe I’ve met you!‘ She exclaimed excitedly…
‘Stu, Stu’, she shouted over to her husband who incidentally I’d already met the day before by the sunset pool.
‘You will not believe that this woman runs an ecommerce business and teaches people how to build their own businesses!’ She cried.
I looked down at my feet in the pool. ‘Well I did teach’ I said. ’Not so much these days’.
I felt my usual cloak of self doubt sweep over me, but the bubbly young welsh woman I had just met didn’t hear me.
Too excited was she that she had possibly met someone who could help her with her new ecommerce business – Totally Lashed Up! (Great name).
It wasn’t long before my self doubt was replaced by her own and I found myself talking to her as if I was recording a Make It Happen Monday episode;
‘Don’t worry about what others think’
‘Just do it, what’s the worst that can happen?’
‘You’re totally good enough and have as much chance as anyone out there’
‘You’ll never know if you don’t try’
Now that’s the Jo I know and love! :)
To cut a long story short, she was desperate to make a video while in the fabulous Maldives setting but hadn’t got around to it.
We instantly got to work and within a couple of hours she had made the demo video she wanted to make while there. Totally Lashed Up Video & Story
I had instantly connected, resonated and encouraged her to take massive action which she did.
Coincidently, just 2 weeks prior I had had a similar conversation with a lady in Jaipur India, who wanted to take her husbands cooking business online so they could work from anywhere, do some traveling, visit their kids at university etc. Jaipur Cooking Classes Story
We took instant action, put together a short video and talked so much my brain, tummy & thoughts were on fire! And not from the curry.
Both ladies were keen to learn more, know more. Where could they sign up? Could I give them homework? Did I have videos etc?
Two women from distant lands wanting what I could offer, but due to my current state of indecision, right now, did not have to hand in any structured and meaningful way.
Of course I recommended any resources I could think of, but it became blatantly clear I needed to have a word with myself.
So I did what any self respecting, action taking 46 year old woman on a paradise island would do and relaxed with a few cold ones in the pool! 😂🍺
So it may surprise you to know, that all of us suffer with all sorts of insecurities & fears at various points in our lives, even those of us who come across as super confident.
One of my fears was that by taking the break I did, I had now missed the boat in the digital space.
The market had become far more saturated than it was when I started in 2010, and by boys & girls far younger & sexier than I!
How was I going to compete, with what was I going to compete and did I really have the energy??
Meeting Geetika & Jess reminded me just how many people there are in this world and how much of any market is still untapped.
As of writing over 43% of the entire population are still not even online.
The opportunities are abound and without sounding twee we are honestly only limited by our own belief systems.
Geetika & Jess wanted my help. They didn’t care how old I was or whether I looked good in a bikini.
Could I help them build their businesses and live the kind of life I was living?
‘Live the kind of life I’m living’. I’m a walking, talking, breathing advert for my own brand.
I am – ‘Your Lifestyle Business’
You can’t get much more unique than that!
In tomorrows post I’ll discuss why it’s important to start with the end in mind in order to get super clear about where you are now and succinctly answer the question – ‘What’s your unique angle’, but in the meantime a great exercise is to take a deep breath and write down all the things you’re afraid of with your business.
Everything you can think of, write down just for you, you can throw it away afterwards.
Write, read and own your fears, and then work to obliterate them.
Is what you’re telling yourself really true or just a story you’re making up in your head?
Feel free to share any fears if you need help destroying them for good.