If you’ve chosen your solopreneur business well, you’re probably doing something you are awesome at. It’s really easy to overlook your own greatness because it comes naturally to you. In order to serve others, it’s important not to overlook your own gifts because they are the tools you use to best
serve others. One of my most deeply held beliefs is that we are all born with strengths and weaknesses, and by serving others with our strengths, the world benefits. We get a bad message from society about “having a big head” or “being conceited,” but that’s not what this is about. Those messages are about somebody thinking they are superior to others because of their gifts, which isn’t the same as acknowledging your gifts and using them to serve others. Innate in this belief system is the fact that others have gifts that are just as valuable as yours, and in fact somebody has natural aptitude in an area you don’t. (And isn’t that a beautiful thing?)
How is this important for solopreneurs? A belief in yourself, your knowledge and skills is critical to serving others well and with integrity. If you don’t believe in the value of what you offer, how can people who need you be sure enough to buy? Self-doubt might cause you to hold back in serving others or trying new ideas and therefore deny the world the benefit of your full effort. A wise teacher once told me “It’s not arrogant to acknowledge and use your gifts, it’s arrogant not to.”
So how do you gain confidence in what you offer? Here’s a few tips:
- Set up mastermind sessions with other professionals. When you see your business through someone else’s eyes, you might be surprised at how much other people value you. You’ll also probably find that others have the same lack of confidence, which helps you to see how common it is.
- Ask past clients for testimonials. When you read a heartfelt expression of gratitude for your efforts, you’ll see the value of what you do.
- Get coaching for yourself and/or your business. The fact that you are willing to invest money in your business is a powerful statement about the value of your business, and the right person will help you see your greatness, get absolutely comfortable with it and use it to do amazing things in the world.
- Review your files and make a list of your successes.