Be Kind. Trust Yourself.

Post by Tara Swiger for the Kindness in Business series.

Be Kind. Trust Yourself.

Is your business kind to you?
Does it treat you well, encourage you and make you feel fabulous?
Or does it wear you out and make you feel like you should be doing more more more?

It’s easy to be hard on yourself. You look at what other people are doing, the success they’re having, and you wonder why you’re not doing that. Comparison is the thief of joy, and our businesses are rife with opportunities for comparison. You might worry that you don’t know enough, you don’t do enough, you are not enough.

But there’s good news! The path to a kinder business is simple:

Trust yourself.

Yep, that’s it!
Trust that you’re doing the best that you can do.
Trust that you know best.
Trust that you are enough.

The fact is, you know more about your particular business than anyone else. You really are the best (and only!) person to make the decisions and follow your dream. But when you look outside of yourself for the answers – at what other people are doing and saying – you stop trusting yourself.

When you find yourself doubting, questioning, or comparing, stop!

Stop right there and remind yourself:
I get to define “success.”
I get to build a business that works for me.
And I know best.

When you begin to trust yourself, you make better decisions. You choose tools and models that will highlight your strengths. You set schedules and goals that are doable for you. Instead of fighting against your nature, you listen to it. This trusting is a kind of acceptance – instead of fighting who you are and how you work, you accept who are and work withit. And that creates a kind, comfortable, flourishing business.

Tara Swiger is an author, maker and Starship Captain. She leads creatives into exploring their mission, their enthusiasm and their very best business. Her book, Market Yourself, published by Cooperative Press in 2012, is a guide to sharing your handmade goodness with the world, while feeling great about it. You can start your exploration with her free mini-course, How to Explore, here:


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