How I Started Owning the Word “Entrepreneur”
When I joined the sisterhood of Noonday Collection Ambassadors in November of 2014 I had no idea what it REALLY meant to be an entrepreneur. Only once had I written out a (not so good) business plan for a potential practice as an audiologist. That was in graduate school. Before marriage. Before babies. Before my husband’s general surgery residency. Up until then I had always worked for someone else, and that someone else determined my pay, my hours, my work. Growth could only go so far. Those jobs paid the bills, but that was it.
Although I’ve been running my own Noonday business for years now, it was just recently that I started referring to myself as an “entrepreneur.” It never occurred to me that my socially responsible business actually had an entrepreneur behind it: ME! I am also pretty sure that my very own IBBC (Itty Bitty Bologna Sauce Committee, the name for that negative inner voice that Jessica Honegger introduced in her book Imperfect Courage), is solely responsible for my denial of my own entrepreneurship. Once I embraced the fact that I am an entrepreneur, I started seeking out other women who are entrepreneurs, and looking for tools to help my business grow.
About a year ago I met my friend and business coach, Dr. Jenna Zellers. I saw a post on Facebook about a local self development workshop for women who want to empower other women in business, so I called Jenna to inquire. She introduced herself over the phone as a life and business coach, which honestly made me wonder…what IS that?
A business coach, by definition is “someone who assists and guides a business owner in growing their business by helping them clarify the vision of their business and how it fits in with their personal goals.”
Once I became clear on the advantages of attending the workshop, I signed up to attend!
At this workshop, I came to the conclusion that as an entrepreneur, my Noonday Collection business is connected to me as a whole person. If my goal is to have a business that flourishes, I need to go deep. My global impact and personal growth depend on it. Like anything else in life, I had to get to the root cause, otherwise there was no hope for growth.
Jenna lead me through an exercise where I discovered a deeply formed belief about myself that limited what I could do. Based on that belief system, I had been collecting data since I was a young girl to prove that I was not good enough. I did not even realize I had been doing this until Jenna walked me through a series of questions. As she asked questions, I was able to clear the cobwebs and get clarity on the limiting belief system I had been utilizing all these years. As a result, my personal growth had been stunted, my relationships had experienced some self-imposed problems, and I was solely responsible for plenty of undesirable outcomes. This was a sad, yet freeing realization!
Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing Jenna. We chatted about her freedom from her own limiting beliefs and how she uses this process to help other women entrepreneurs. Her impact is creating a ripple effect in the lives of others.
As women, we tend to focus on the feelings or emotions. But we absolutely MUST go back to the belief system if we want to accomplish certain results.
You can listen to the entire interview here.
The Limiting Beliefs workbook will be available for your use through this podcast. It’s something I use over and over again. So get busy identifying your own limiting beliefs and silence that IBBC.
By doing this, you will be taking massive imperfect action in order to achieve the biggest impact through your entrepreneurial goals!
Meet Erin Abbott
Erin Abbott has been a part of the Noonday Collection community since November 2014. Since then she has hosted and gathered many women in her small Texas community. As a woman who deeply values the stories behind imperfection, Erin enjoys raising her four imperfect children, alongside her not quite perfect husband, while modeling a beautifully imperfect life.