How many times have we — as women, as entrepreneurs, as humans — done something because ___________ (fill in the blank with the latest #girlboss you follow) is doing it?
How has that worked out for you?
We can count the number of times that has worked out for us on one hand. Perhaps even one finger (and that's being generous).
Last year, a business coach we were working with encouraged us to do 1:1 coaching — each taking on our own individual coaching clients instead of coaching as a team — to help us bring in more money and to be more nimble with our schedules. Her reasoning: that's how every other successful entrepreneur in this space was making serious money.
We sat long and hard with the concept. Pushing ourselves to try it on and give it a go. Weeks went by and we were still mulling over the idea and trying to get our packages and services just right.
At the end of the day, we decided that while it may have worked for someone else, it wasn't the right step forward for us.
Just because everyone else was operating their businesses in a specific way didn't mean that we had to.
The very moment we decided to stop pushing forward with something that didn't excite us felt like a huge relief. It also helped us recommit to the very reason why we had started Propelle in the first place.
Reasons like getting to support amazing women entrepreneurs like Shannon Miller of giftbug.co as a team.
This was an incredibly powerful lesson for us. One that pushed our buttons, stretched us, and made us really think through WHY we do the things we do.
We want to encourage you to do the same.
Where in your business (or life) are you doing something because everyone else is doing it?
What is draining your energy, making you dread working in your own business, or wishing for a way out?
What would happen if you stopped doing it and instead focused your time and energy into something that was more in line with who you are and what you want to be doing?
To quote Britt Reints, another fabulous Propelle VIP: Stop shoulding on yourself and do what lights you up.
Because at the end of the day, your excitement and energy (positive or negative) is contagious. Make sure you're putting the right stuff out there.