What stops you from doing what you know is necessary to take your business to the next level?

When I’m coaching a founder who is looking to grow and uplevel their business but is stuck in fear over making mistakes, I love to share my origin story of how 12 years ago I built a 40K follower base on Facebook and ran an 8-year international membership community – without much of a strategy.

I mean, I had some strategy. I had plenty of brilliant ideas.

But, back then we didn’t have all these online business rules and frameworks that are sold to us at every turn or scroll.

We just got big, beautiful ideas in our heads and made them happen. 

In other words, we lived and led by what I call The Brave YES Mindset.

Then, suddenly a bunch of gurus and experts came on the scene to tell us what we were doing wrong, and what we could do better and all the not enoughness set in. 

I became flattened by overwhelm, perfectionism and exhaustion.

The result is that, for years, despite having a successful 6-figure business, I felt like a beginner despite having more experience and more revenue than others.

I kept falling for the message that I could have more, be more, do more if only I would do X, Y or Z (name any tactic being sold to us!).

I spent years searching for the magic bullet to take my business to the next level, to take myself to the next level. The magic bullet of copywriting. The magic bullet offer. The magic bullet planning system. The magic bullet sales strategy. The magic bullet social media system.

I spent years hiring others to help me — the beginner, the newbie who needed others to tell her what to do and how to do it, the one who didn’t know enough so she had to keep buying and buying what others were selling.

And yet, in every course, program or room I was in, I knew more than the speaker. I knew more than the coach. I knew more than the guru.

So why wasn’t I on the stage speaking?

Why wasn’t I the one leading the business program?

Why wasn’t I the one bragging about my brilliance?

This is because I was mired in the Beginner’s Mindset for far too long.

It was only when I made the shift into Expert Status that I was able to start taking myself seriously so that others could do the same.

It was only when I stopped to tune in to myself and my inner wisdom that I saw authentic success and true growth.

This is the same shift my clients need to make when we work on growing their businesses and their identity to make more money and experience their kind of true success.

  • You’re not just a consultant, you’re a transformational leader.
  • You’re not just a solopreneur, you’re a visionary.
  • You’re not just a business owner, you’re an expert in your industry.

It’s time to start acting like the expert you are.

How does Beginner’s Mindset Show Up on the Daily?

For me, Beginner’s Mindset kept popping up by feeling like I didn’t know enough, that I needed to keep implementing new tactics or changing up my offers. That belief system led me to sign up for group programs that gave me false promises about making money in my business.

More money, they said.

More fame, they said.

More followers, they said.

What I learned: When MORE is the only focus, we lose our focus and purpose.

Common themes I see of those stuck in Beginner’s Mindset:

  • buying countless e-courses to “learn more”
  • keep getting more and more education and certifications
  • researching and researching to the brink of overwhelm
  • waiting on perfect conditions, until you are finally where you need to be
  • following more than leading
  • listening more than talking 
  • Shrinking and not taking up space

When you are stuck in Beginner’s Mindset, you are looking at the world, your role and identity and your business from the lens of not knowing enough, not being enough, not having enough.

That means you aren’t leading.

You are following.

Why is a Beginner’s Mindset so Detrimental to Your Success?

As long as you believe others have more power than you, more clout, more wisdom, you will second guess yourself and self-doubt is a trap that keeps you small.

Inside you know you have what it takes to be the one on stage, be the one leading, be the one out there in the limelight, but there’s something holding you back.

Beginner’s mindset.

It keeps you small.

It keeps you hidden.

When is it time to let go of Beginner’s Mindset and Step into Mastery Mode?

This is, of course, the secret sauce question.

For everyone, timing will vary and be fully personal. There is no just-right moment that we all slide into. It’s not like we become an expert with exactly 3 years and 6 months of experience. You have a lifetime of experiences that have led to this moment in time. They all count. Every single one of them — even that hustle that was taking orders in the drive-thru at McDonald’s. 

The best way to figure out when it’s your time to move into Mastery Mode is to ask yourself a few questions:

Do you feel like you could stand on stage and lead a crowd?

Do you feel like you know more than others in your industry — or at least as much?

Do you have a slate of clients or customers and easily make ends meet in your business? 

If you said yes to some or all of these, you are already an expert in the making and ready to move into Mastery Mode.

But, if you are still gathering up material, copying others and putting your ideas together in a way that feels connected to you and your work, perhaps you are truly in Beginner’s Mindset.

The trouble here is you have to rise above survival mode and do the work to see a new perspective about where you are and how you can lead. Coaching can be a great help for this. Once you zoom out and see your identity and possibility more clearly, you can start to take the actions necessary to step out of beginner mode.

To move into Mastery Mode, you need to embrace your inner Brave YES Leader. This is the work I do with my clients. We shift the energy and focus of not enough, not good enough into brave leader and visionary by leaning into your Brave YES Advantage™.

Every founder’s Brave YES Advantage™ is different and unique to you. It turns a boring business into something that stands out. It removes all barriers of comparison because you begin to follow your own strengths and superpowers.

Once you shift into Mastery Mode, you can do anything, you can be anything, you can handle anything.

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