Do you have a current frustration in your business, or a goal that remains out of reach? Perhaps it’s time to get a mentor. A fresh perspective might surprise you, and you might be stunned at how simple the solution can be. You just needed an objective point of view to discover it!
I started my business about seven years ago and I used to doubt myself a lot. I used to think that I wasn’t good enough to do this business.
I knew there were a lot of people out there who were doing a much better job than me. Oh, I had many qualifications, but other people were just much better at what I was doing.
Does that sound familiar?
A lot of it comes from social media, right? You see these people who are crushing it and standing in front of Lamborghinisshowing the results of their seemingly obvious success. It’s a mixture of feeling intimidated, envious and frustrated, and you begin to ask why you aren’t at that level of success yet?
That transfers into your business, where you start comparing yourself to them.
Your self-doubt and envy also bleeds into the operational aspects of doing your business: you feel like you’re not worth what you charge.
You might think of charging less perhaps in a bid to attract more clients. Or maybe simply because you think you’re not at the level deserving of your previous higher rate.
Mentors help you keep things straight
And by straight, I mean with regard to your mindset and motivation, not just the right and efficient way of taking your business toward success.
When you just keep wallowing in self-doubt, it affects your business decisions (like lowering your rate!). Your business will suffer and you won’t make the revenue you want or need for financial growth.
In turn, that will make you feel even more worthless.
Step out of that vicious cycle. Find good mentors.
Type of mentors
There are a couple of types of mentors: distance mentors and personal mentors.
Distance mentors can be someone like Gary Vaynerchuk or Rand Fishkin– a celebrity or expert, maybe a micro-influencer in your niche. It can be anyone helpful, really, who speaks of your challenges and ways to solve them, but doesn’t have a direct relationship with you.
Personal mentors are coaches who support you directly. You have a one-on-one relationship with them, and they coach you through your blind spots while also helping you with your mindset.
It’s always so important to have good mentors. I often see entrepreneurs struggle with this, many failing to utilize one all-together.
The fact is you need the right mentors to support you. Successfully building and running any business enterprise is a hard job, a lonely job. Mentors can help with your business processes and more importantly, your mindset, keeping you encouraged and motivated to keep you moving forward.