As a business owner, it can be all too easy to get caught up in the opinions of others. Whether it’s clients, employees, or even friends and family, the pressure to conform to what others expect can be overwhelming. However, this kind of pressure can hold us back from experiencing true freedom in our business and in life.
One of the biggest ways that the opinions of others can affect us as business owners is by making us feel like we need to sacrifice our own wants and needs for the sake of others. For example, we may feel like we need to be available for meetings at any time, even if it means sacrificing our own schedule and personal life. This kind of pressure can be especially harmful if we start to believe that our business will fall apart if we don’t always put the needs of others first.
The truth is, though, that this kind of pressure is often not grounded in reality. Just like in high school, when we cared so much about what our classmates thought, only to never see them again, we can put way too much effort and stress into caring about what others think in our business. We need to remember that our business is our own, and we have the right to operate it in a way that works best for us.
So, how can we free ourselves from the opinions of others and start operating from a place of space and authenticity? Here are a few steps you can take to start claiming your freedom:
Identify your own wants and needs. Take some time to think about what you want from your business and from life. What do you value? What brings you joy and fulfillment? When you know what you want, you’ll be better equipped to make decisions that align with your values and goals.
Ask for what you want. Once you know what you want, it’s time to start asking for it. Don’t be afraid to speak up and let others know what you need. Whether it’s saying no to a meeting time that doesn’t work for you or setting boundaries with clients, you have the right to ask for what you want.
Practice saying no. Saying no can be hard, especially if we’re used to putting others first. However, it’s important to remember that saying no to something that doesn’t serve us is not the same as saying no to someone. When you say no, you’re taking control of your own life and freeing yourself from the pressure to conform to others’ expectations.
Surround yourself with supportive people. Finally, it’s important to surround yourself with people who support you and your goals. Seek out individuals who believe in you and your vision, and who will encourage you to be your authentic self.
In conclusion, freeing yourself from the opinions of others is about discovering your own voice and operating from a place of space and authenticity. It’s about letting go of the pressure to conform to others’ expectations and embracing the freedom to create a business and life that works best for you. Remember, you have the right to ask for what you want and to say no to what you don’t want. So take a deep breath, and start claiming your freedom today.