5 Ways to Release Emotional Baggage so You Can Grow with Your Business

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When you start your own business, you enter into two types of education: an education in business and marketing, and an education in self-discovery.As your business emerges, grows wings, and takes flight, any emotional baggage or unfinished business around business-related topics will come to the surface. These include:

  • Money
  • Success
  • Failure
  • Self-promotion
  • Self-worth
  • Vulnerability, uncertainty and risk
  • Relationships
  • Work ethic
  • Challenges
  • The beginner mindset
  • Competition

If you want your business to succeed, you need to grow with your business. (tweet this)If you don't grow with your business, sooner or later your emotional baggage will start holding your business back or, worse, lead to crash and burnout.Here are five steps you can start taking today to make sure your personal growth keeps up with your flourishing business.

1. Identify the value you offer

Each night, write down three to five ways you've added value to the world that day. This could be anything from sharing a blog post to hosting a workshop. The more you practice identifying and acknowledging the many ways in which you're adding value to the world, the more confident you'll feel around the value you offer and the more you'll communicate that to other people.

2. Focus on how you can best serve your customers

As a new business owner, it's easy to get preoccupied with what other people think of us and view everything we do from the perspective of "I, myself, and me". The truth is that our business isn't about us, it's about the value we provide to customers. When we prioritise service to others over worrying about ourselves, we stop tying ourselves up in nervous knots, take the pressure off, and provide a better experience overall for clients and customers.

3. Make time for self-discovery

I totally get that you have a million and one other things to do (then another three million after that), and I'm right there with you in that giant puddle of to-dos, but ignore this step at your own peril.It doesn't matter how many blog posts you publish in a month or new connections you make: unless you address the limiting beliefs you have about yourself and your work, they're going to hold you and your business back. Making time for self-discovery doesn't have to disrupt your whole day; it could be as simple as getting up 15 minutes earlier and spending those 15 minutes journaling, meditating, reading, and learning more about yourself.You are your most important business asset. Invest in yourself, and your biz will reap the rewards. (tweet this)

3. Get support

Although I identify as an introvert and am as happy as a clam hanging out by myself, even I started to find the "solo" part of "solopreneur" a little too lonesome at times. Luckily, all we need to do to find support these days is to hit the interwebs and look at where fellow business peeps congregate.You can get support from Facebook groups with like-minded entrepreneurs, form an accountability group, seek out a mentor, or get business coaching. When you're surrounded by other people dedicated to setting up their own business and serving other people, you'll be inspired to learn, grow, and you get to realise that you're not alone in going through this process.

4. Do at least one thing every day that makes you uncomfortable

The most effective way to overcome fear and anxiety is to do the thing that provokes fear and anxiety. Repeatedly.Your daily discomfort might include reaching out to connect with someone you really admire, pitching to a new client, publishing something a little more personal on your blog, or anything else that takes you out of your comfort zone. The more you expand that zone, the bigger it will get, and the better able you'll be to deal with discomfort in the future.

5. Adopt the NAFGO mindset

Starting your own business is exhilarating, challenging, and everything else—all at once. You will face difficult periods, dark nights of the soul, and stretches of time when you second-guess every decision you make. And, ultimately, you have a choice. You can let these experiences stop you in your tracks, or you can breathe, let the feeling wash over you, and say "Not another f***ing growth opportunity…"Because that's what every challenging experience and uncomfortable feeling is: a chance to grow, to learn how to trust ourselves more, and to develop a better understanding of what makes us us.Self-discovery is a never-ending process. Whatever stage of business you are in, you have more self-discovery ahead of you. But if you make time to work on yourself as much as you work on your business, you'll have everything you need to create the business and life of your dreams.How have you grown with your business? Leave a comment and share your story. Photo Credit: Karen Roe via Compfight cc