“Where do I start?”
I talk to a lot of women who have come to a personal or professional crossroads and this is the number one question I get.
Most have spent a lifetime nurturing and supporting other people, so the thought of finally putting themselves first can sometimes induce gut-wrenching doubt, guilt, and confusion.
The struggle is real, and the ugly truth is that it will prevent many Gen X women from pursuing their dreams and reaching their full potential.
I don’t want that for you.
I think everyone has God-given talents, hobbies, interests, natural abilities and gifts that can be used to serve others.
Unfortunately, most people go through their daily lives without giving a second thought to the massive opportunities available via the internet.
You can write a book or a blog, record and post videos or launch a podcast or online courses. All with knowledge that is specific to your expertise or experience.
Specific knowledge is knowledge that nobody other than you can provide.
Specific knowledge comes from sharing something that genuinely lights you up versus something that’s trending at the moment.
Specific knowledge is all about using what you know very well to deliver value to someone else.
Given the current state of our union, there’s never been a more critical time to package the skills and experiences you’ve gained over your 20, 30 or 40+ year career and head to the internet to make some extra income.
Here are three steps you can take right now to help you get started:
One of the biggest mistakes I see women over 40 making is their use of self-limiting language. The idea that we have to put ourselves down in order to feel less braggy or make others more comfortable is a losing proposition. Take my story for example. I used to tell anyone who would listen that, as a writer, I thought of myself as being the background to others’ foreground. Which sounded cool until other people started thinking about (and treating) me like that too. Little did I know that every time I spoke about myself in a certain way, I was giving other people around me permission to ignore me. So it’s no surprise that every time a new project, opportunity or promotion came around, I got passed over. Because the language I had been using suggested I didn’t want to step up … that I preferred being in the background. If you want to successfully transform your circumstance, the ONE THING you’ll have to master is changing your own narrative. Once you understand that you have the power to speak the future that you want to see into existence, things will begin to change. As I always say, if you can see it, you can be it.
Take about 15 minutes every day for a week to make deposits into your ‘Brag Bank.’ Write down everything you’ve accomplished, large or small. It’s not your job to judge at this point. This list of stats is about you, your experiences and skills, so jot down anything that makes you feel proud. Begin with achievements that are not necessarily related to the new thing you want to do. Then move on to things that are or could be related to your new idea, business or venture. The accomplishments that are written down should serve as proof points about your experience and/or expertise. This list will ultimately help build authority with the people you care about as well as your confidence.
Creating your backstory is important because the people you want to attract are more likely to come on the journey with you if they can relate to you. Here’s the 6-part framework I used to build a story that resonated with my ideal audience:
If you’re looking for options about how you can use the skills you already have to do something new, I’d recommend you start with:
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