**just to clarify – this post is just my personal feelings – there are plenty of peeps out there sharing their struggles and fears and “breaking the rules” – this is just how i’ve felt, in general, over the past year. hearing jasmine star talk at alt last month about letting it all out, being 100% yourself & her being ok that people either love or hate her inspired this particular post **
you know those words i’m talking about – especially all us potty mouths out there! those 4 letter words that pack a punch. well, i think we need to start including FEAR in that list because, to me, that packs the biggest punch of all. as in, it’s given me a bad case of writer’s block, has made me doubt anything & everything and basically kind of forget who i am. (ok, i still know that i’m piper and i still act goofy, have strong opinions, love building businesses and helping people…i just kind of lost that…it’s been like “piper-lite”!)
notice that it’s been a bit quiet on the blog the past few months? yep…FEAR. because as soon as i started my retail store, what i said and did online felt like it mattered…ALOT. every image i created, every written word, every tweet became a what if…what if i said the wrong thing? what if i unwittingly insulted someone? what if it didn’t end in a sale? so i felt neutered, for lack of a better word. even worse…fearful of what i had to say. fearful of breaking “the rules” – rules that i don’t even know who set up! (do you? are they even written down somewhere?!)
then i did some major soul searching the past few months and started thinking to myself “what am i so afraid of?”
combine that with my talk at alt summit where it reminded me of how much experience i have starting businesses and how much i LOVE coaching & helping people and it all added up to one thing…
piper’s got her mojo back! (at least, right now, at this very moment
who said that we can’t talk about our struggles as we’re growing our biz? who said that we have to wait until we have the answers figured out before talking?
and the big one…who decided that we have to always put our best foot forward online?
i don’t know about you but if i hear one more time that someone made 6 figures in 6 months, i’m going to throw my computer through a wall! i think it’s time to get real – because just like i know that people compare themselves to me, i do the same thing to others. and it’s all because we’re putting our best foot forward – no one knows what life is like behind the scenes. but i think there’s value to knowing about that part!!
can you imagine how refreshing it would be if people you admired & thought were the biggest successes let you in on the fact that they struggle too or maybe that they have to work 80 hours a week in order to be successful. doesn’t that change how you feel about yourself and your own biz or success? we have to be able to compare apples to apples if we’re going to compare.
so screw FEAR…i’m breaking the rules this year. and i’m hoping you’ll come with me.
i’m beyond proud of what i’ve built so far but it hasn’t been all roses. lots more to share on all that. plus LOTS of really exciting changes are coming to one sydney road – i’m kind of busting at the seams about it all – but the cool thing is that it’s all for you guys so i’m going to need your help & input over the next few weeks!!
for now, i would love to know what you think about fear – what holds you back from being yourself?