Do you want it? Or do you just THINK you do?
Look. I see you. You’re scrolling Instagram, you’re signing up for every free or tiny-priced business training which pops up on your news feed. You’re gathering all the bits you feel you need to make this happen and storing them away for later… That elusive ‘later’ when you’ll finally be ready to scale this business you’ve created to the place you know it’s destined for.
You’ll never be ready.
You have a burning mission and vision on the inside of you which you just KNOW you’ve been created to share. You know there’s more to say - to do. You know what you need to do next to make it happen. In fact, you know what you want to be happening for your business in five years time.
But you’re still playing it small and picking up random puzzle pieces along the way hoping that someday, somehow, you’ll have the sign you’re waiting for in order to REALLY move things forward in your life and business.
Puzzle pieces aren’t doing anything by staying in their box.
You ARE ready to build that picture. You literally just are.
How do I know?
Because I know you. In fact, I WAS you.
I was the girl who signed up for every free (or almost free) training, admired people from afar and thought ‘I’d love to do that’. The truth though? I believed that I actually COULD do that somewhere - really, really, really deep down. The knowing ‘how’ wasn’t actually the problem. Although you’d think it was, the way I was gathering information like it was going out of fashion. As though the next webinar I signed up for would have the ‘magic bullet’.
Listen. No shade on the free stuff you’re consuming. I hope you consume some of mine, like this post for example. But I really do have to let you know right now that you literally KNOW what you have to do next. You’ve read about it, listened to it, watched it – maybe all at the same time.
So why aren’t you moving forward and scaling?
Can I tell you? Can I be really honest with you like people have been with me – like I had to be with MYSELF?
You don’t want it.
Before you click off of this post and ask me who I think I am, I’d encourage you to read on.
Do you actually want the future you’re continually waiting to walk into? Or do you think you want it?
Do you like the idea of building and creating a wildly successful business, working on your own terms and your own schedule and being your own boss? Of COURSE. Who doesn’t? Literally everyone I speak to who asks me what I do and isn’t familiar with this space responds with something along the lines of ‘living the dream’. The thing is, as grateful as I am, this isn’t just a dream. This is grit, determination, hard work and not taking ‘no’ as a final answer ever.
Yes, it’s nice to work from my sofa. But seriously? If THAT is the sum of your business building hopes & dreams, I hate to break it to you, but it’s not going to work.
This is only going to work when you do.
Drop the mic, give the round of applause, cheer the cheers (is that a thing?)
But then seriously… do the actual work.
Because the mission, the vision and the goals you’ve started waling towards are so real and the work you have to share with the world is so desperately needed. But seriously? You’ve actually GOT to go and make this happen now. Like – go ALL in and do it no matter what.
Stop filling out pretty planners full of ‘next level’ goals.
Stop visualising what you’ll do when you get your lucky break and become the overnight success. (There’s no such thing)
Stop praying for the peace you already feel about doing this work. At the point you already feel God’s peace in this and still keep praying –actually all you’re doing is praying that everyone who’s said you shouldn’t do this will finally fall in line and agree with you after all. What if that never happens? What if those people continue to raise their eyebrows, roll their eyes, make passive-aggressive comments and disagree with you? Is the mission any less real to you? No. And guess what? You’re not doing this for them. Pray for them, bless them, let them do them – whatever. But YOU DO YOU.
Stop making vision boards.
Stop creating 5-year plans.
Not because any of that is negative or wrong, of course. It’s all great. But if you’re doing any of THAT instead of the work and that’s been the case for the past YEAR (or more…!) then it’s time to stop.
Please hear me when I say that I am in no way ridiculing you if this is the position you’re in right now. Please know that I started out in the online space in 2011 and although thinking that what I’m doing now would be ‘a nice idea’, I did nothing much about making that happen until 2016. Over 5 years later. (Remember, I said I WAS you.)
Now you MIGHT say (I know I did) ‘Well, you were a full-time High School Teacher AND you volunteered at church almost every night for 7 years. Of course you didn’t have time to make your little blog something bigger.’
I get it. I’ve said it. But here’s the thing about that… There are people working jobs, raising a family AND running a business all at the same time. Some of those people are my clients.
So no, I don’t accept the fact that I was ‘busy’ as the reason why I didn’t make that blog I started 7 years ago more than just a hobby. (If we’re still using ‘busy’ as an excuse, we’re definitely not going to move forward. We’re not going to get any less busy.)
The actual reason I didn’t go all in for the ‘nice idea’?
I didn’t ACTUALLY want to.
I wasn’t exploring avenues which would help me move forward in that direction, I wasn’t investing in myself in order to hold myself accountable, I wasn’t waking up an hour before work to write up plans for me to execute. I did none of that. And do you know what that tells me?
I didn’t want it.
I didn’t want it like I do now or else I’d have DONE it like I’m doing now.
The same goes for you.
Whatever your next step looks like in your big and beautiful life and business, take it. Today.
If I can help you make that happen, I’d be honoured. I’ve opened a couple of spots for my signature 1:1 program ‘Emerge’. If you want more information about it, drop me a PM here on Facebook and I’d be delighted to share with you. If 1:1 high-level business coaching isn’t in your budget right now, stay tuned. On Friday, I’m sharing a way in which you can have access to me and years of my content (valued at over $2000) for $97 (£75)!
Oh, and if none of that works for you right now, don’t you DARE allow that to be an excuse. This post would have been enough for you to realise that you’re not a victim of your circumstances and that if you really, truly want the thing you say you want, you’ll go and make it happen.
The world is waiting for your work.
HEY! I’m Naomi, Business Coach for High-Level Female Entrepreneurs & Founder of Living Word League.
I coach, write, teach and run programs which infuse practical strategies with Biblical principles (which I personally think is the best rule of thumb for success.) I moved from a 7-year High School teaching career, to building and scaling my business after starting out as a hobby-status blogger in 2011. Within months, I was able to go totally full time and haven't looked back. My success, as someone who previously would have never seen myself as an entrepreneur means that I'm now beyond passionate about business being an expression of Kingdom-building here on earth. Hobby status and inconsistent feast to famine months aren't cutting it for you anymore right? You're meant for a business which has faith as your foundation AND soars with success. That's where I come in.
Click HERE to learn more about working with me.