I see so many therapists, myself included, holding ourselves to unachievable standards and beating ourselves up constantly, especially when it comes to starting a private practice and mental health entrepreneurship.
When I started my private practice, I made a lot of mistakes. I beat myself up for making them. I never reframed by telling myself, “It’s OK to make mistakes when you don’t know what you’re doing.”
I never gave myself permission to fall down, to reevaluate, to take a step back.
As my career has evolved and progressed, I’ve realized that those mistakes were not only acceptable but were necessary.
Nowadays, instead of saying “mistakes,” I say “learning experiences” or “opportunities for growth.”
None of what you’re doing has to be perfect because it never will be.
If you’re able to take a step back and give yourself permission to evolve, learn, and grow, your business and your psyche will thank you.
Fall down 7 times; get up 8. That’s the mindset behind being an entrepreneur.
You don’t know what you don’t know. And you’ll use the bumps along the road to improve and optimize your processes and procedures.
You’ll fine-tune and improve your website. You’ll optimize the way you answer the phone and convert clients. You’ll get a better understanding of your ideal client and how to write copy that speaks to them.
This allows me to see the bigger picture instead of the shortsighted vantage point that we have when we feel panicked and overwhelmed.
Give yourselves some fucking credit for deciding you want to work for yourself and step into the unknown.
It takes a ton of courage and resilience. And those two characteristics should not be overlooked or taken lightly.
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