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Ep. 47 – It’s Time to Stop Playing Quiet and Make Yourself Heard

I’m pretty sure you’ve heard this common phrase from coaches, “Stop playing small.”

It’s a phrase that urges us to stop playing small and dream bigger. While the intention behind this advice is to push women to realize their full potential, it can sometimes evoke mixed feelings, particularly for those grappling with fear and self-doubt.

It definitely does for me. 

But is that what needs to happen? Is it that we are playing small or not dreaming big enough? 

The Selah Entrepreneur Podcast - Episode 47

Maybe, maybe not.

As you navigate through the journey of entrepreneurship, it’s essential to address the mindset surrounding marketing and how you perceive it. Maybe you view marketing as something pushy or salesy, akin to being a used car salesman. However, a shift in perspective reveals that marketing is about storytelling and making genuine offers to serve and help people.

One of the significant challenges that hold women back from using their voice to market and share about their business, is the fear of vulnerability. The fear of rejection, criticism, or not being accepted can often lead women to play it safe, staying within their comfort zones and not fully expressing their expertise and unique offerings to the world.

It’s crucial to recognize the importance of moving beyond this fear and embracing the concept of amplifying your voice. This involves stepping out of the shadows, being more visible, and showcasing your value and how you can positively impact others. 

When you use your voice to talk about what you do, the problems you solve, and who you can help, you not only empower yourself but also create meaningful connections and opportunities to help and connect with others.

So is it that you need to “stop playing small”?
Or is it you need to move past the fear, and “stop playing quiet”?

Embracing Business Clarity for Confidence and Growth

Achieving clarity in your business is a foundational step towards building confidence and fostering growth. When you understand our target audience, the problems you solve, and how you can best help them, you gain a sense of direction and purpose. 

Clarity can be the catalyst you need to use your voice and express your opinions with confidence. 

Overcoming the Comfort of Playing Quiet

It’s common for entrepreneurs, especially creative women, to find it fun to create new products or services rather than putting themselves out there and promoting their existing offerings.

This tendency to hide behind shiny and new, instead of using what you have already created, can hinder business growth. It also keeps you from the people you can help and make a real difference in their lives. 

Instead of constantly seeking new ideas, it’s essential to leverage what we already have, refine it, and confidently share it with the world.

Clarity Builds Confidence So You Can Speak up and Be Heard

Amplifying your voice is not just about being louder, which for a lot of us who are shy, introverted, or an HSP (highly sensitive person). It is about speaking with authority, conviction, and clarity. By amplifying your expertise, sharing your opinion and ideas, you are placing in the marketplace where you can actually be found!

Stepping out of your comfort zone, finding ways to take strategic actions to amplify your message can lead to profound transformations in your business and personal growth.

The Benefits of Community for Women Entrepreneurs

In the journey to stop playing quiet, having a supportive community can make a significant difference. Surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals who encourage you to step out of your comfort zone, provide positive feedback, and push you when they see you playing quiet again, is important. Having a trusted circle who you trust to have your back when you are doing great or when you need a reminder to stop playing quiet, can be such a rewarding experience.

The path to success in entrepreneurship involves shedding the habit of playing quiet. You do that when you are clear about your business, who you serve, and how you can help. Then it’s time to use your voice to share stories and make offers to serve and help. 

By cultivating clarity, confidence, and a willingness to step out of your comfort zone, you can make a lasting impact, build meaningful connections, and create a business aligned with your values and goals.

Your Turn…

  • Where are you playing quiet?
  • What steps can you take today to amplify your voice and truly make yourself heard in the marketplace?

Introducing

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I am thrilled to announce the launch of “Business Clarity Conversations,” a monthly gathering designed to facilitate discussions on business clarity, doubts, and growth. 

These will be small gatherings of 10-12 women, with the goal to provide a supportive, and safe, space for women entrepreneurs to share their experiences, seek guidance, and learn from each other’s journeys. 

If you are looking to enhance clarity, connect with like-minded individuals, and gain valuable insights, I invite you to join us.

The first one is scheduled for Thursday, April 18, 2024. Join me for the inaugural Clarity Conversations at Selah Studios. Visit https://SelahStudios.co/conversations for more details and to reserve your spot. 

Here’s to clarity, growth, and thriving businesses!

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Are you ready to find clarity for your business and website? I’d love to help:

>> THE SELAH ENTREPRENEUR JOURNAL: Are you ready to break free from toxic hustle and infuse intention and rest into your entrepreneurial journey? The Selah Entrepreneur Journal is a quarterly magazine style journal for Christian Women Entrepreneurs who are ready to develop their own pause and reflect routines — https://SelahStudios.co/journal

>> BUSINESS CLARITY COACHING: Have you lost your confidence in who you are as a business owner? Have you lost sight of your business dreams and goals? Let’s get you back on track with personalized coaching support and tools Business — https://SelahStudios.co/breakthrough

>> SELAH SOCIETY MASTERMIND: Do you often feel that running your online business often is a lonely adventure? That’s probably not what you imagined when you started your business. Well, I’ve got good news for you, it doesn’t have to be. And it shouldn’t. The Selah Society Mastermind is for you if you looking for support on your business clarity journey and want to support others in return. — https://SelahStudios.co/mastermind

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