Let me address the nakedness in the room.
I know there’s a woman reading this blog who’s thinking, “F*ck yes!” Or like my bestie Andrea said when she saw the photo, “I’m OBSESSED. You look f*ucking hot!”
Meanwhile, there’s another woman who’s reading this, judging me, appalled that I would have the ovaries to share this photo and the gall to be “so unprofessional.”
If you’re part of the first camp, thank you! I LOVE this photo and a recap of the entire experience of why I had my first topless photoshoot at 36, as well as how to prepare for your own shoot is coming soon.
If you’re part of the second camp, I love you still and I ask you to see past the body and look for the message.
Taking off my clothes was less about having sexy photos and more about owning my power, my energy, my femininity and loving myself with all my imperfections. It was about surrendering to self and abandoning the ego and fear.
Fear of judgment.
Fear of ridicule.
Fear of failure.
Kissing my ego goodbye and embracing how little I know and how much I have yet to learn.
Feeling completely confident while still exposed to the world and the elements of nature.
Because when you think about it, that’s what building a business requires you to do.
It requires you to expose yourself, to open up, to become vulnerable and to subject yourself to the possibility of judgment, criticism, embarrassment, and failure.
And if you’ve been in business for longer than a few years and things aren’t going the way you’d like them to, then you my love, are battling something much greater than fear - EGO.
You’ve been in the game for awhile, you’ve taken the courses, you’ve invested in yourself. YOU KNOW STUFF!
Obviously, you don’t need to learn anything else, you just need to start implementing, right?
Maybe. Maybe not.
Maybe it’s your ego that’s stopping you from implementing. Maybe it’s your ego that won’t let you take a page from the book of someone who’s been in business for less than you; even though they’re doing better.
Maybe it’s your EGO galvanizing your fears.
Whatever the case may be, if you’re business isn’t generating the income you want, if you’re not experiencing the freedom you crave, if you’re not waking up excited to get to work and serve others…
It’s time to go BARE.
We were born naked, with nothing to guide us but basic instinct.
It’s time to go naked in your business.
Relax. You don’t have to take off your clothes like I did, but if you want to; go for it! ;-)
I mean it’s time to get honest and strip away everything that’s been holding you back.
What’s stopping you from having the business and life of your dreams?
Get your journal out and get vulnerable. Take it all off.
Remove the fear. Remove the doubt. Remove the hesitation. Remove the judgment.
And then step back and take a look.
When I did this exercise, here’s what I discovered.
I discovered that my ego was calling all the shots. I’ve helped 99% of my clients double their income at a minimum. In fact, most of my clients make way more money than I do in my business.
Because I have such a great track record for helping my clients slay their goals, my ego would often tell me I didn’t need to show up at my highest level because I was so good everyone and everything I wanted would just naturally come to me.
Some of what I wanted naturally comes to me and for that I am grateful. But I’m still a loooooonnnnng ways away from having everything I want, exactly as I want it.
And it wasn’t just in terms of my clients; my ego was also affecting how I interacted with my team and how I was growing my business.
Ego told me that my team should just know exactly what I wanted, when I wanted it, because if they were “that good” they’d be able to take initiative and anticipate my needs. They should already know my ego would whisper over and over again.
But how could they know if I never told them?!
How does your team know what you expect of them if you’ve never set clear guidelines and boundaries?
How can your team show up for you if you’re barely showing up for yourself?
Oh the list was long and mighty when I began to strip away at my soul and my business. But when it was all said and done,
I was light, happy, restored.
So when people ask me now, how do you find the motivation? How do you stay inspired? How do you keep showing up?
The answer is easy.
I kissed my ego and my clothes, goodbye.
I challenge you today to get naked with yourself and your business. Ask yourself what would be possible if you took away all fear and ego and simply did the things that excited you?
I’m confident the answers will inspire you to stay naked, eyes wide open, embracing deep appreciation for all that you are and all that you will become.
Ever inspired by you,