I was watching a webinar by Sue Bryce as I tended to my house today and there were so many great pieces of wisdom shared! Sue Bryce is an amazing photographer but what I love about her most is that a lot of what she talks about can be applied to any industry and life in general. One thing that particularly stood out to me was something she said specifically in relation to money. A lot of times photographers, artists, creatives and entrepreneurs in general struggle with how much to charge. In addition to the cost of doing business, you have to place a monetary value to your time. Part of that has to do with your self-worth. It can be really easy to make excuses or convince yourself why you aren’t earning more, doing better, or booking more clients. Sue said something so simple yet so profound.
You operate at the level of your belief.
That’s right. Whatever you believe you’re capable of is what you’re executing. If you didn’t think you were capable, it wouldn’t happen. What about believing you’re capable but not operating at that level? I think this is where the limiting beliefs enter. You want something but don’t believe you’re capable of making it happen. This is where the self-doubt, negative self-talk, and fear come in. You know those conversations of “I’m not enough”. The other thing is, I know speaking for myself I used to be too problem focused. Instead of being presented with a problem and trying to find a solution, I’d fixate on the problem itself and all of the obstacles it posed. Now I’ve learned to try to find solutions to those problems. As an entrepreneur, the best thing I can do is find a solution to a common problem and turn around and provide a service that I can offer to my clients!
Whether you’re in business for yourself, working for someone else, or apply this to your life in general, I think the statement Sue made is very eye opening. The former me would have been disheartened by it. The person I am today is empowered by it! If I can face those limiting beliefs and do the inner work, I’m setting myself up for success! By believing that I’m capable of something and seeking ways to execute it, I’m not just chasing my dreams but making them come true. I want to encourage you to take a look at the level you’re operating at and analyze your beliefs in relation to that. What’s the next level? How will you get there? What limiting beliefs do you need to tackle to make that happen? What stories are you telling yourself to justify why you aren’t where you want to be?
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