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My clients often feel like they are not good enough to be successful in business.  Not smart enough, not savvy enough, don’t have enough experience, or money, or not attractive looks.  I know the feeling.  I’ve been there on some of these but I didn’t let them stop me.  And I don’t want this to stop you on your path to doing work you love and being paid well for it.

Here are 5 tips to get past the not good enough gremlins.

1.  Create a file for thanks you’s and testimonials. I have a “testimonial” outlook folder.  When I get an unexpected kind word from someone, thanking me for something I did for them or raving about the result they got after following a tip I gave, I pop it into my testimonial folder.  I use these in my marketing materials AND they also pick me up when I’m feeling unsure about my abilities.

2.  What is good enough? Asking yourself questions is a great way to bust out of the not good enough feeling.  What would be good enough?  You’ll almost always find that you already have enough related experience and information to be good enough!

3.  What would have to happen? Ask yourself, “What would have to happen to make me feel good enough?”  You’ll either realize that you’ve already got what it takes or you’ll know what your next step is to keep moving forward.

4.  What would I do if I were brave? And why am I wasting time not doing it?  Mark Twain said “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.”  Each time you do something that brings up fear, you get stronger and are able to accomplish bigger and bigger steps with less and less fear.  It is easier to act your way into thinking differently than it is to think your way into acting differently.  Take a baby step, get into action and leave the fear behind!

5.  Write down accomplishments you are proud of. Think of 3-5 times in your life when you have done something you’re proud of.  Can be big or small … times you felt good about what you did.  Write briefly about what the situation was and what skills and character traits you brought to the situation to reach the outcome you are proud of.  This will instantly lift your spirits and remind you of all the qualities and knowledge you bring to every situation.

You are MORE than good enough to do anything your heart desires.  That is the truth that I know about you!