When They Hit Me With the “Fairy Stick”

Ever need someone to just hit you with a “fairy stick”?  Apparently I did!

I had a breakthrough this week (okay, I’ve had more breakthroughs than I can count this week, but I’m focusing on a particular one right now) in my Success Circle Coaching mastermind with Richard and the wonderful businesswomen in my group.

My question for the call was focused on when/how to know it’s okay to step up and claim authority or expert status on something.  Richard asked me how long I’d been working in my business (15 years overall, 10+ years professionally), and how many happy clients I had (hundreds).  Then asked me what number I was waiting for.

I’ve never thought of it quite that way.  Really, what number of websites do I need to design or rescue?  How many clients do I need to help learn to create their own website or choose the right shopping cart?  How many server issues do I need to know how to fix before I feel adequate?  How many testimonials do I need from clients who love me?

Is it about knowing every possible answer in every possible situation? Or just being very good at what you do, and knowing where to find the answers for what you haven’t dealt with yet?

What’s the difference between really, really good and authority?  Mindset?  Time to change mine.  How about you?  Are you what’s holding yourself back?

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6 Comments

  1. M –

    Great question. And fabulous answer. It’s tough to take that step and claim our place as experts in our field. Thanks for sharing. And for taking that step!

    ~R

  2. Hello Michelle!

    I just found you online…and from one online business owner to another, I have to say that I love your information! (And believe me, I’ve read alot of guru stuff…!)

    So thank you for what you do…I’ve already learned quite a bit! (And hey, I’d love to know what it’s like to live up in Anchorage, Alaska!)

    Ann-Michele.

  3. That is so true Michelle! Thanks for posting this. It was just what I needed right now!

    Amy

  4. M –

    Great question. And fabulous answer. It’s tough to take that step and claim our place as experts in our field. Thanks for sharing. And for taking that step!

    ~R

    Thanks Rebekah – I’ve found the Success Circle Coaching group to be a huge encouragement, sometimes in finding the obvious. But then one of the biggest values of coaching is that it helps us discover what we know. :)

  5. Hello Michelle!

    I just found you online…and from one online business owner to another, I have to say that I love your information! (And believe me, I’ve read alot of guru stuff…!)

    So thank you for what you do…I’ve already learned quite a bit! (And hey, I’d love to know what it’s like to live up in Anchorage, Alaska!)

    Ann-Michele.

    Hi Ann-Michelle,

    So glad to hear you’re finding it helpful!

    I was born and raised here, in a couple of small towns, but live in the “big city” now. Have also lived in several other states but I love Alaska. I missed the snow when we lived in the south. Right now it’s chilly and covered in snow around here.

  6. That is so true Michelle! Thanks for posting this. It was just what I needed right now!

    Amy

    You’re welcome. I figure whatever I’m dealing with there are probably others out there with the same questions/challenges. :) On similar journeys in the world of building our own businesses.

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