Good horsemanship is built on solid basics…so is good business!
I was so excited when I got an email from Lisa letting me know she had chosen my business for her next Penniless Philanthropy project. I had a feeling being involved with this project would allow me to continue doing work that I love. Because, to be quite honest, if I didn’t start actually functioning as a business ~ making a profit ~ I would have to give up.
We scheduled our first phone meeting for a few days later, and I grew equally excited and nervous. I was apprehensive about how Lisa would react to my lack of knowledge and business practices that were certainly needing help. A part of me worried that she would regret her decision. I really had to work through embarrassment and resistance about reporting the facts about what and how I was attempting to run my business. In hindsight, it’s almost funny how scared I was. Lisa’s compassion and humor, combined with her knowledge and professionalism made a very safe environment for this highly sensitive and emotional person!
One of the first things that Lisa shared with me was how important it is to have a paradigm shift, and to see and present myself as a business owner. This was a huge “aha” moment, and one that I revisit quite often. I am certain that one day it will become my first response because I am practicing making it a habit.
Lisa also instructed that all of the information I was providing about my business told a story. This statement helped me be able to align even more with the paradigm shift of being a business owner. I really thought that I was uniquely ignorant in all of my attempted business practices. Hearing that I also was going through a lot of the same struggles that other business owners encountered helped me figuratively step out of the corner and remove the dunce cap! This gave me hope and a fresh perspective to carry as I learned about smart business practices and procedures.