We create so much challenge for ourselves when we deny what is true.
We diminish the value of what comes easily to us, because it comes easily to us and therefore, can’t be worth much, right? Only things that take a long time, cost a lot of money, and are complex to create are worth a lot, right?
What we’re forgetting when we think this way about our gifts and talents, is that to other people, what we do with ease could take them a long time, cost lots of money to duplicate and be difficult to create.
Just how do you determine if you’re selling yourself short?
Here are 3 symptoms of selling yourself short:
1) People love your work, in fact, you may be getting all your new clients by referral, AND YET you’re barely scraping by financially.
2) You are the person that people come to, to “get things done.” The effervescent “yes” person.
3) You can’t seem to catch up and you’re exhausted.
What are the action keys?
1) You have to put a more accurate price value on your work.
2) You must honor the value of your time. You have to say ‘no’ to something. Make it the things with the lowest priority on your personal list. This may be hard for people with a pleaser temperament, but if you leave this unattended, the result is number 3 above, exhaustion.
3) By taking corrective action with 1 and 2 above, you’ll begin to create more space in your life; which means you can opt for a slower pace and more rest.
I know that I make it sound so simple. It is simple but not easy, that’s why we all need help, support, an objective point of view. Find one, better yet, find a few trusted minds who also have “believing eyes” for you; and put them together in a room as your advisory group. Meet quarterly and then let me know how it’s working for you. I love hearing success stories.