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Hi, I'm Brooke! I'm a believer, wife, mama to two, Oklahoma photographer, and photography business coach.
I help photographers grow profitable full-time businesses from home.
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I want you to know that I really want to see you succeed in your photography business. Maybe you’ve applied some of the strategies I talk about in my podcast but you still feel defeated. Today I really want to have a heart to heart chat with you about ways that you can overcome self limitations in business.
I see you working. I know you have that desire to have this photography business that’s profitable. That allows you to contribute to your family. Maybe you want to leave your 9-5 job. I know you have big goals. But sometimes you get in your own way.
So if you’re still struggling to get clients, we’re going to talk about three ways you’re holding yourself back and three things that are missing from your business.
You’re making excuses for why you can’t and won’t do things in your business. This is one that really hits home for me because I struggle with this too. I get really distracted and I want to chase after shiny objects causing self limitations in business.
It’s crazy when you step back and ask yourself why am I not where I want to be? Why do I keep putting in the effort when I don’t feel like it pays off? I recently had a sit down with myself and journaled these things out. And I realized that I am keeping myself from taking action and going to the next level. I’m standing in my own way and I know that you’re doing this too.
This can show up in different ways. For some of you you’re refusing to use video in your marketing. Some of you are refusing to buy that course because you’re so afraid that you’re going to fail or that it won’t work for you.
So I just want you to take a few minutes and really sit with yourself and figure out how you are standing in your own way. What excuses have you been making? Listen to your thoughts, pay attention to them, listen to what you say in conversation especially negative conversation, and write it all out. Really ask yourself how am I standing in my own way? Is this how I want to show up in my business?
Something I noticed is that when my personal life gets really clouded or heavy, whether it’s an issue with a friend or whether it’s something like last year when my sister was in the NICU with my nephew. I really felt like my business had to take the back seat. And that my personal life needed to come first.
There’s a difference between having a grace period and putting your business on the back burner when life needs you. There’s a difference between that and then prolonging it using it as a crutch, giving yourself excuses, and telling yourself I can’t do this because I have to rely on this way longer than I need to. Prolonging it can cause huge self limitations in business.
So I found myself playing small. I don’t want you to play small. When you play small or play it safe in your business you’re locking yourself into the level of success that you’re at. So whether you’re all the way at the beginning and you’re trying to hit your first 10 or 20,000 in your business or whether you’ve already done that and you’re looking to make 40,000, 50,000 to replace an income. If you keep playing it safe nothing ever changes, you’ll stay there. There’s a revenue goal I’ve been trying to hit in my business for two years now. And when I look at why it hasn’t happened it’s because I’m getting distracted. I’m making excuses, self sabotaging, playing small. I’m refusing to try new strategies and refusing to stick to the work.
So when I know what’s holding me back then I can make a game plan for changing that. So again I want you to journal this out. Ask yourself how am I playing small? What rooms do I need to get in to play bigger? What mentor, course, or program do I need to help me get to the next level? The slowest way you’ll get to success is by DIYing it all the time. I know that comfort zone is safe so maybe you’re refusing to try something because it’s uncomfortable or because you don’t know how to do it. But if you’re really ready to hit your next goal, to hit your next financial milestone, then you really have to stop playing small. So I want you to commit right now to step outside of your comfort zone and start playing bigger.
If you’re looking to overcome self limitations in business it’s good to realize that what you have going on in your business could be done better. How can you stop DIYing your entire business and follow a proven strategy and framework? Maybe you need accountability. Maybe you need a place where you can ask questions or have someone who can do 1:1 coaching that’s going to tell you like it is. That’s going to give you feedback in your business who has already been there, don that, and helped others along the way. Maybe that’s me or maybe not. Find the mentor, the program, or whatever is going to work for you. Find that thing that’s going to help you stop self sabotaging and stop making excuses. That’s going to allow you to stop playing small.
It’s time for strategy and accountability. And if I’m the mentor for you, you enjoy my teaching style, and you enjoy my no fluff take action approach, then I want to encourage you to reach out. Either join us in the Blueprint program or do 1:1 coaching with me. Just shoot me an email or an Instagram DM. Tell me what you’re interested in and I’ll send you more information.
This isn’t to pressure you but to encourage you to play bigger and find a strategy. Find that accountability that you need in your business.
Like I said, heart to heart chat no BS. I see you and I know what it’s like to stay in the same level of success, to self sabotage, and to play small. Honestly guys I’m over it. I don’t want to do that anymore and I don’t want you to either.