You Have Permission To Be YOU (#smallbusiness talk) | Amy Clary

You Have Permission To Be YOU (#smallbusiness talk)



It was when all the questions starting coming, that I made the decision to call myself "Independent" and "Leader".  At that time, I figured that while I was using my essential oils and learning the beautiful ways they benefit my family and our wellness, I may as well help other people do the same as a job. So I took on the position and felt like I had just stepped into this tiny canoe shoving off shore into some big waves.

I'm confident.
I'm unsure.
I know the answer.
I have no idea what I'm doing.         And are they on to me?     Why would anyone want to work with me?

Up and down and up and down - the waves left my face green and my knuckles white, trying to cling to the oar someone tossed to me before I started this "Independent" business. I knew what I wanted to do but I suddenly felt dumb. "I have no idea how to do that. Hm. Let me Google it and see how others have done it."   And I'm not trying to say that pulling inspiration from someone else is bad. But I wasn't pulling inspiration. I was looking for ways to photoshop my face on someone else's success.

I felt frustrated and even a little annoyed at myself for thinking things like "Well, that's a really great idea, but I don't think I would do it that way {but what do I know?}" while sitting in business meetings and watching business videos on YouTube.  How dare I look at super successful people and say "I don't think I want to do that"!

Or. Is that not the right tone to take?

I'm sure if my mom were here in this conversation right now, she'd pipe in with something like "Yah, but you've always wanted to do things your own way. You've never liked being like everyone else." Because as far back as I can remember, that's who I've been. Yes, I like the trends, but I always have my own flair on whatever it is.

And I have my own story, and talents, and things that make me tick too. There are things I've been created to do that refuse to fall in line as a photocopy of someone else.

That's true for you too.

So, this morning I was watching Monique Mclean talk about catching a vision for my business. LIGHTBULB MOMENT! I had no vision for my business. I was grabbing for anything and everything I could get my hands on because "I don't know what this is supposed to look like but I must need all these ideas and these words and these graphics and...."   Y'all, that's exactly how you drown: Flailing around trying to grab onto anything so you can be called something {i.e. a status level}.

I know why I'm in this business and I know where I'd like to get in one year, 2 years, 5 years, and 10 years. But knowing all of that and not having a vision for how you plan to get there is going to get.you.nowhere.

Today, I'm working on catching my vision and giving myself permission to be who I am. I want to honor those who have made it further than I have with the company as well as those who are getting their bearings in my downline. But as for ME, I have to begin with looking at my gifts and talents and set out on my own path.

Here is one thing I know for sure. I know that my main focus is YOU and sharing my heart, my experiences, and life in general with you. Another big part of this focus is in encouragement. There is just nothing like talking to someone else, hearing their heart, and speaking right to them in the moment. It makes my heart so full to speak life to others.

So, I guess this right here can be considered the cornerstone of my business from 2016 on: Psalm 119:105 (ESV) "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." 



I can't do this by myself but I'm meant to be all of who I am on this journey to bring Him glory. Amen.

~Amy

Amy C

Amy is a stay-at-home mom of three beautiful kiddos. She's been blogging since 2007 and started her own small business in 2015 with Young Living. When she isn't busy being a mom, wife, or entrepreneur, she enjoys picking up a DIY project, singing, or songwriting. Creativity is life and life is good.

4 comments:

  1. You're right, that's exactly what I would have said.
    Thanks for sharing your heart. It makes me take a closer look at what I'm meant to do and write down the vision and make it plain. :)

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    1. Write it down and look at it often. Remember your dream, your "Why", and work confidently from that place!
      I'm so glad you found encouragement here. :)

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  2. Ooh... this is exactly what I needed to hear. I have my own, very strong, reasons for why I started with Trades of Hope. That passion is what will propel my own business - not doing it the way others have when it's coming from a different motivation. Thank you and row on!!!

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    1. There's only one YOU and God knows how He means for you to move forward. Be confident in your giftings and move in the vision God birthed in you.
      Yes, friend. Row on. :)

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