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I know finding your confidence, having confidence, and building up your self-esteem is something that inflicts a lot of creative people. I’ve certainly met very confident people in my life, they’re awesome, and I love them – my husband is one of them.
But for the most part the people that I meet and work with in Creative Hive are people who at some levels suffer from confidence issues.
I am that same way. My own self-esteem definitely got in the way of my Tiny Hands business. I remember a time when this was such a big problem and that specific tipping point for what made me realize that I have a problem and need to fix it.
At some point it was certainly getting in the way of my business and preventing me from achieving the success I wanted to get.
That specific moment was a few years ago with Tiny Hands. I was emailed by a really big online retailer, really cool store that I didn’t aspire to sell on, but when I got the email from them I was definitely very excited.
They emailed me to say they were interested in selling some of my designs on their website and that they wanted to buy some of my stuff for wholesale.
They asked me a bunch of questions.
They asked me if I had testing certificates done, if I have safety standard procedures figured out for my jewelry, and all of these big questions I had no idea how to answer because I made my products because I loved making things. I didn’t really start out Tiny Hands thinking I was going to turn it into a business, so I didn’t think about all of these things, but they made me.
Picture this, I was like a deer caught in the headlights. I didn’t know what they were talking about, but I didn’t want to ask for clarifications or ask them to explain what these things meant.
I was so afraid that they would judge me, think that I was small potatoes, and I was afraid they wouldn’t want to do business with me if I asked them to clarify. Because I was that deer caught in the headlights, I avoided responding to that email for about a week.
That is such a big no-no, because in this day and age everyone is connected to their email. People expect you to have a less than 24 hour turnaround time, and I didn’t respond in more than seven days. At that point it started eating up at me thinking that I probably lost the deal already.
At that time I was meeting up with a mastermind group that I was a part of locally, so I brought it up to my girlfriends and asked what to do and if they had any idea how to test your products.
They didn’t have answers for me because they had a more objective perspective on what was going on.
What they could see is that my problem wasn’t that I didn’t know anything about testing procedures, it was more the fact that I was so afraid of what they would think if I were to write back that I didn’t have what they wanted.
They recommended that I see a therapist which from the culture and where I come from if you have to see a therapist you are cray cray!
For a while I thought I was broken, crazy, and someone needs to fix me.
I did see a therapist for about two years and we worked on my self-esteem and confidence issues and she has helped me so much. That’s one of the ways you can fix your confidence – see a therapist!
After two years we had broken down so many of my internal barriers and demons and shaped me into a much better person. If you have the option to talk to a therapist, I highly recommend you go talk to one that is more knowledgeable in the realm of self-esteem.
Here are other ways to build your confidence, because it wasn’t just a therapist that helped me break through my own barriers. It was a combination a lot of different things I learned through reading books, listening to TED talks, and through just having being there and done that.
I want to share with you 4 other ways on how you can build your own confidence:
You need to find some ways to cope with it, because there’s no way to just get rid of it and I don’t think people who experience self-esteem issues will ever get rid of those nagging thoughts, but it will at least stop being such a hindrance.
If you want to expand on this conversation or have any questions, I would love for you to head over to Creative Hive VIP – that is a link to my private Facebook group and I would love for you to be a part of that. Head on over there and lets talk more about self-esteem!
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