Drowning not waving…

It’s all about perspective.

I always say that your Thing is your filter on the world and how you see things differently. That’s why your Thing is very often a different way of working, a different order, different detail, different language or a different approach entirely to how something is done. It’s your take on the world, not necessarily a brand spanking new eureka moment Thing. Which of course is all about perspective.

Sometimes when your perspective is very different to everyone else around you it can be hard to share. Perhaps you don’t want to ‘stand out’ or be different. For many of us it’s inbuilt not to be a show off or get noticed to much. Certainly in my life experience that didn’t always end well (it does now, but not back then).

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The long way round

Sometimes we know we’re ‘almost there’, but instead of taking the step to the left, we take about 47 right turns to end up there instead. And that’s OK.

Sometimes you’ll meet people who found their Thing, worked out their business model and got their positioning or niche right in one go. And then there will be other people (I was one of them) who took quite a few steps to get there. And shorter isn’t always better if you paid attention along the way.

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Give yourself permission (er, NOW)

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Permission is something we don’t actually need, but SO many of us feel we do. I know that I used to want it. A lot.

Because, of course, there isn’t really anyone who is stopping you from doing your Thing, from being as famous as you want to be, from standing in a super-bright spotlight, from doing exactly what you want to do the way you want to do it (given legal parameters of course!).

And yet we ask—and look—for permission.

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It won’t always work

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Making mistakes doesn’t mean you aren’t doing your Thing, or that you don’t have a great business. It just means you tried something and it didn’t work. That is all.

Now it might be that you chose the wrong time, the wrong offer, the wrong price, the wrong message, the wrong media, the wrong delivery method, the wrong title, …who knows? It might just have been the wrong day!

It doesn’t mean what you are doing is wrong. It just means something in the variable of what you did wasn’t right (and when I say right I mean right for your market—your ideal clients).

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Making your move…

Is there ever a right time to do your Thing? Not sure on that one. But what I do know is if you’re not doing your Thing yet it’s only going to continue to piss you off ’til you start doing it!

Now, I am NOT saying you need to drop everything and start doing your Thing now–that’s hardly ever the best plan. But what I am saying is that it’s pretty likely that there will come a time where you will have to take a leap of faith into doing your Thing and how big a leap and how much of a safety net (or not!) you have is entirely up to you.

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And the secret ingredient is…

Belief.

Honestly, this is what makes the difference.

Yes, having great, compelling copy will help. Yes, having a clear offer and packages that show what’s possible works. It’s important you say clearly what it is you can do for people. It’s also important that you have a way for people to try you out, or connect with you. But above everything is belief.

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