You have to put yourself out there and say, without shame, “I need help.”
One of my favorite things that I do with our members is organize and co-facilitate informal “focus circles”. These are topical and time-limited accountability groups.
I love helping scrapbookers to feel more accomplished and celebrate every little victory. But, I have a confession to make.
Sometimes I feel like a focus circle flunkie.
I know that imposter syndrome is common among entrepreneurs, women especially, but I can’t shake the guilt of having not met more than one of my own focus circle goals.
In particular, I’m having trouble finishing this:
It’s a 5.5×8.5 mini album that covers my pregnancy, my daughter’s birth, and her first 6 months. Everything is done except that last component. It would probably take me an hour, maybe two, to find the photos and do the journaling.
I’ve made this my goal for several of these focus circles and am even hosting one now specifically on baby books. My lack of ability to… um… focus on this is nearly comical.
Stepping aside from my embarrassment, I’ve come to realize that I need the same coaching that I provide to my members. But to be coached, informally or not, you have to take the first step.
You have to put yourself out there and say, without shame, “I need help.” Stuck in leader mode, I’m pretty sure I haven’t done that or even thought about what I need.
So here it goes: I’m having trouble moving past the guilt of not having completed this album “live” like I had planned. I’m struggling with perfectionism and a fear of disappointing myself. I need encouragement to let go and finish it up.
OK, now it’s your turn! I’m inviting you to leave a comment boldly and proudly declaring a current challenge and what you need in order to move forward. Please also consider replying to comments from others.
Together we can coach each other towards our next victories!
Update: I finished on July 24, 2014!