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Joyous Journeys in Life + Business with Sharon Joy

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Welcome to the Joyous Journeys in Life + Business Podcast! I'm your host Sharon joy. I went from being a tired teacher to an inspired soulpreneur. Now living the laptop life I help women get solid in their coaching, healing, or soulful consulting business.I'm here to share inspirational stories abou… read more


Ep 20: Following my calling despite the internal and external critics

Making the leap from a traditional professional to a soul-led business owner in the eyes of many is quite the fall from grace. This has been something I've really had to navigate personally as someone who is a reforming people-pleaser and who has peer rejection trauma making it hard for me to process when I'm not accepted.

I've had to learn how to put on my armor to do the things such as show up online, put myself out there in a way that serves my business and say what I do around certain people without my voice waning. I've had to learn how to follow my calling despite the blatant and covert criticism I've received from others and from the internal dialogue that has had me question time and time again if I should continue.

I've watched female coaches who work mostly in a masculine coaching construct praised within traditional business circles, seen as being a legit business - and that's largely by other women btw! Yet on the contrary, I've been ignored when opportunities presented themselves with said friends even working the room to ensure that I'm denied of opportunities to share my gifts and body of work.

I've had said friends in the patriarchal business world make comments to publicly belittle and patronise me about my qualifications and one even implying that compared to traditional professions that I have plenty of time on my hands to fluff around online. (insert eye roll!)

I've had to overcome the internal turmoil that my work isn't always accepted but it's my calling and that by not following this calling Im not living in alignment with my deepest desires. This has been a hard one for me and I'm going to be completely honest and say that it's still a work in progress.

If you’re feeling conflicted about making the leap into the next phase of what you want, it’s likely that very few people will really back you. Sorry if that's a #spoileralert but I'm also guessing that you've likely already come to know this to be true.

But don’t let that stop you.

Don’t take it as a sign that you won’t succeed or that this isn’t for you. You have to back you first and foremost.

Here are my best tips for following your calling despite the internal and external critics...

  1. Back yourself first. Be willing to invest in your development and in your business. Be savvy, there will be mistakes but the sooner you interpret them as a positive, the sooner you move towards your dream.
  2. Get help with overcoming mindset blocks using techniques such as NLP, EFT, energy healing, whatever it takes! You won't eradicate them completely but you'll have a better process for working through and dealing with them when they do!
  3. Find an aligned community that you can join. Women on the same path as you and ideally at similar points on their journey to. There are loads of people you can follow and connect with who are ahead of you on the path to lead and guide you but having the comradarie in invaluable.
  4. Let others off the hook... your family and friends DON"T have to cheer you on. They don't have to agree with your new path. No expectations = no disappointment. It's often those closest to us who have the most fear for us and want to protect us. They also might not like the change that we are undertaking and are grieving.


Book a Transform 1:1 Coaching Session to receive support with mindset blocks

Join SOULiD: Solid Business for Soul-led Womxn™  to be in community with aligned businesswomen as well as receive group and 1:1 coaching from me

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