|Are we really as “INDEPENDENT” as we think we are… especially as Business Owners…
As I sit here enjoying this beautiful beach on Marco Island, Florida, celebrating my relaxing and romantic weekend for my anniversary and writing to you… my thoughts keep drifting as to what INDEPENDENCE really means.
As entrepreneurs or business owners, are we really as independent as we think? Or have we really just tied ourselves into another J-O-B having to endure one of the worst bosses or best bosses in the world? (Ourselves…..)
What does INDEPENDENCE mean to YOU?
For me, INDEPENDENCE means that I am here, at Marco Island writing to you on the 4th of July because I want to and not because I have to. It also means being able to financially support my son as he embarks his college adventure, and I have the flexibility and the time to go visit him if and WHEN I really need to. I could not do that before. However, this word INDEPENDENCE also means that I am 100% fully responsible for the outcome of my company. (the GOOD, the BAD, the UGLY and the AMAZING) My Personal Business Coach has grown so much in the last year! Of course, I am grateful in more ways than I can even express.
Moreover, this Independence Day, I reflect on this huge responsibility I have assumed as I grow my business and my team. As I wrote out checks to my team the other day I wondered,
I truly hope that the answer is the first one. HOWEVER…..
As a business owner, we have to know that no one truly owns your company except for OURSELVES. Also, you have to always be willing to accept responsibility for the outcome of anything associated with you and your company. Even the culture you provide is the culture that the company and your team members are going to project into the world. (is this the “culture” you want to convey?) I can say that I do have team members whose hearts are really in this and truly care about our clients as well.
As a Business Coach, Consultant, Trainer and Speaker, INDEPENDENCE means that I am truly blessed to be able to be on this journey with so many amazing heart-centered entrepreneurs! Helping them grow their businesses, their strengths and their passions into something profitable so they can also enjoy their lives is something most people only dream of. – and I get to do it every single day.
On a personal level, Independence Day is a day we celebrate in this country but as anything of value, it comes at a price. (Thank you Debbie Wysocki for reminding me of this today.)
IN MEMORY OF – My former husband and my son’s father, Staff Sergeant Anthony Sessions, was 37 years old when he passed away after serving 17 years in the military. He paid the price for us to have this Independence Day today just as so many Americans have done to pave the way for us. I‘mjust finishing up the applications to the Veterans Administration for my son, Caleb, to be able to receive funding from some of the college fund that his dad was not able to use before his untimely death.
I also served in the U.S. Army and have two combat patches serving in Panama for Operation Just Cause, and in Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Shield and Storm. As a former Sergeant with 2 combat patches, now a Disabled veteran, I have strong feelings about days like July 4th. Caleb’s dad and I discussed and agreed that we wanted Caleb to be able to go to college to pursue his education and not feel the pressure of enlisting in the military and that if Caleb decided to join the armed forces, he would do so on his own terms and his on time and not because of financial circumstances.
(yes, that’s me on the left a looooong time and lbs. ago…)
My reasoning for INDEPENDENCE in my own business, all the while getting to do what I love to do, is for these very reasons. To be able to provide my son everything that his father and I wanted for him; the same things that were not provided or afforded to us when we were his age is a big motivator every morning especially when I‘m a little “tired” or worn-down.
I am very CLEAR what my “why” is. Are you ? It is what drives us on the days we fall down or the days we want to quit because things got “difficult.”
I am not going to sugar coat it, owning your own business is not easy!
However, the rewards are amazing! So sometimes the rewards are so amazing, in fact, that there is no number to put to them. Owning your own business and pursuing your vision and passion is something that is deep down inside of you and if you do not know what that is, you need to get very clear on what that really is.
Why? Well, the number one reason why businesses fail is because the visionary (owner) quits! They quit because they are not clear why they are doing it. Sadly, they quit right before they are about to strike gold and never even know it. My reasons are very clear. Are yours? They keep me going when I fall down. We all fall down btw! I‘m just willing to admit it. 🙂 and I‘m willing to keep getting back up and keep going.
Today I am grateful and celebrate the following in HONOR of
(these are just some of our clients at our private quarterly VIP Catapult Day event)
SO MANY THINGS to be GRATEFUL FOR and reasons to CELEBRATE OUR INDEPENDENCE~
So, please take a moment today and write out your reasons and then make it a point to thank those people you are grateful for. Whatever your reasons are for celebrating Independence Day and this weekend, please let those “reasons” know it.
Happy Independence Day and
Fourth of July Weekend!
Something SPECIAL Just for YOU!
Are you trying to start a business or feel as if you’re in the “never ending start up mode” because some pieces are missing?
Do you have a business that you want to take to the next level but are unclear on your direction or can‘t get seem to get the right people, marketing or business plan, and/or systems in place?
Is your business is causing you to be stressed, stuck, and overwhelmed because you simply are not making the money you truly deserve or have a balance you want and need for your life?
In HONOR of Independence Day, I am putting out an EXCLUSIVE INVITATION for you to
set an appointment for a complimentary 20-minute
“Business Freedom & Independence” Strategy Session
with one of my expert coaches.
In this session, we will help you to:
We only have nine spots available left for the rest of this month, so this is first-come, first-serve basis and is entirely complimentary for you as someone whom I truly value and appreciate.
(Once these spots are filled, we will put you want a waiting list for August if you choose to wait.)
“Business Freedom & Independence” Strategy Session
and discover some simple ways you can take back your independence today.