I’m SHOCKED…I mean stunned, with a capital “S”.
Today, I forwarded Glenn a link to read an article about the mega success of one of my favorite life style bloggers. I’ve been watching her on national morning shows, being brand the brand ambassador to a number of very sexy brands, and watching her Facebook “likes” skyrocket in the tens of thousands. The article that I read, and thought he’d be interested in, was about her rise to fame and some of the new companies she’s joint venturing with.
When he finished reading the article, he said, “Wow.” I said, “I know know, isn’t she amazing?!”
He said, “Did you read the comments under the article?” I hadn’t read the comments under the article.
He read them out loud to me and they were S-L-I-C-I-N-G her.
I was in complete shock, and let me share why:
As most of us women entrepreneurs, we may not do everything perfectly as we set up our businesses, however, we sure do pour ALL into them. We give our time, our money, our hearts, our souls, our vision, our intention and our energy. We give and give and give and then we give more.
We want to see our clients succeed, transform and grow. We think about our clients outside of their sessions…while we’re driving, walking the dog, making dinner, etc.
And then…even though we receive SO MANY “thank you’s…you’ve changed my life…”, and TONS of testimonials, there’s always about 10% of the population who like to complain…and criticize…and be mean and lash out publicly.
I’ve received my share of criticism throughout the years, and believe me, it’s a spiritual opportunity when it happens.
Of course, the first thing I do is look within and see what truth is there, even when the truth hurts, and learn the lessons I need to learn.
I also get to see how “attached to other people’s approval” I am.
I get to see what I’ll focus on…the 90% or the 10%.
I get to see how strong or weak I am within myself.
I’m not naive that working with women & money is basically an automatic guarantee for stepping into people’s triggers about…well, everything!
However, for most of the past 7 years I’ve been far more focused on the good that was occurring in my clients’ lives, than what women who didn’t apply the coaching, or wanted to quit needed to complain about. As time goes on and more criticism comes in…(because the business, the money and the fame get bigger), I can easily go into thinking…
“Why do I need to keep working with women and money? I’ve transformed my own money story…why not relax and enjoy writing about food and travel? There obviously would be nothing to criticize about ‘light life style’ subjects. I don’t need this anymore…”
And just about when the criticizers and complainers were about to get the best of me…2 things happened…AND in this order:
1. Glenn showed me that the LIGHTEST of lifestyle fluff got publicly sliced in a way that even I haven’t yet, to date.
2. THE MOST GLORIOUS entrepreneurial couple reached out to me on Facebook inquiring about my services. Financially and biz wise, they are were I was about 7 years ago…not having much more than passion, drive, willingness to work and a dream of creating better lives for themselves and thus, the world. I was so filled with a high vibration connecting with this couple, and they were so lit up by how Glenn and I can help them, I was reminded of my purpose, my truth and my calling.
So no, I’m not abandoning helping women and couples transform their relationship with money. And yes, I will continue to travel and write about life style, food and fun.
And mostly today, I deepen more into the integration of what my life is meant to be used for, and that is to support the business, life and lifestyle of global women entrepreneurs and their mates to fulfill their callings and destinies “for such a time as this…”
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