Accounting professionals are required to make decisions all day, every day. What happens when you’re faced with an opportunity that seems risky simply because you’ve never done that before? Are you the type who craves risk or someone who dreads straying away from a sure thing? Imagine that you could boost your business confidence. What would you pursue that you’re currently postponing?
Boost your business confidence
My 5 boost your business confidence steps are for you if you could use more confidence, you’re tired of feeling like a fake and you refuse to hold yourself back any longer.
1. Awareness. Randy, a bookkeeper, is fully aware that she suffers from Imposter Syndrome. She constantly doubts her abilities and holds herself back. Going back to school, taking more classes and adding more credentials is her solution. More education is safer than potential ridicule. Randy said, I’ll get the experience I need. Would additional credentials actually build self-worth and replace her lack of confidence? Not fully. Change begins with awareness.
2. Avoidance. Now is the time for brutal honesty. She admits what she ought to be doing, but she’s not doing those things yet. Because of that, we started off by acknowledging exactly what she’s avoiding and how she’s delaying those activities. Returning phone calls, even to current clients, is something specific that Randy delays. Surprisingly, Randy discovered certain parts about returning calls don’t bother her.
With some detective work, Randy pin-pointed the one specific aspect of returning phone calls which she avoids. What is something specific that you avoid?
Once you pinpoint that activity, consider if there’s a specific aspect of it you resist doing. The more specific you are the more likely you’ll experience a breakthrough.
By the way, Randy’s thoughts prior to calling stopped her from picking up the phone. Her apprehension disappeared once she was on the phone talking.
Randy’s eyes brightened a little as she realized the entire phone calling process wasn’t bad. Concerns about their response is her primary concern. This process, pinpointing the one thing, chunks things down from something really big to something tangible.
3. Alternative. Basically, her apprehension to returning phone calls was was due to two things. First, she didn’t want to interfere. And, she didn’t want to hear complaints. With this insight, Randy explored whether there’s a different way to deal with returning phone calls. She researched alternative ways to return calls which don’t cause fear, overwhelm or resistance. This is like choosing an alternate route or detour when driving to a specific destination.
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Her impulse to procrastinate surfaced. So, we created a plan. First, she identified role models who return phone calls with ease. What clues about how they approach this task caught her attention? How can she apply any of those things to her situation?
Get curious. Ask yourself about alternative approaches. Do some research to educate yourself. Then, choose the path with the least resistance.
4. Adapt. Randy listed 5 ideas on how to return phone calls without all the mental anguish. Then, she revised the list so the actions felt genuine and authentic for her.
Are you ready to challenge the status quo? As you consider the tasks on your list, imagine how you’d like to approach them. You’ll know you’re ready because the resistance doesn’t stop you in your tracks any longer.
5. Action. It’s time to implement. Although it took some preparation, Randy’s research led to an action plan. She is now ready to experiment with her list of alternative approaches.
Here is Randy’s 3 step plan.
- Schedule. Two specific time blocks were set aside each day for returning phone calls.
- Self care. Prior to making her return calls, she does a brief breathing and relaxation technique.
- Smile. She smiled as she picked up the phone, dialed and said hello.
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Now you know the five steps to boost your business confidence. Yes, research is important. Over-thinking; however, tends to complicate matters. As you already know, growth slows down when resistance flares up.
Clear away the clutter
By the way, this process is designed to clear away the clutter. You don’t have to do it all yourself. An outside perspective, like a business coach, will help you discover solutions which you’re unable to recognize on your own. Your business grows significantly faster if you do what’s necessary – even if it’s uncomfortable.
If you’re tired of postponing a decision, then stop delaying things. The solution lies in your perspective. Once you alter your viewpoint, the resistance melts away.
Evolve and your business grows
Your decision influences everything you do (or don’t do). Yes, success is messy. As you evolve; however, your accounting firm grows.
I would love to hear from you about your next bold action. What are you preparing to accomplish right now? Choose your best next move for your business. Step into action to boost your business confidence.
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