Today on my Facebook a friend posted that they were feeling emotional. This can be a pretty brave thing to post, and while some people offered comfort, most posted something along the lines of don’t be emotional.
Don’t be emotional. This ruffled my feathers. A LOT.
What is wrong with feeling? Why is it immediately associated with negative feelings? Why are most of those commenters men telling a woman not to feel her emotions? Feelings and emotions are powerful tools. They drive us, they form the why’s in our business and lives. If we bottle them up they come out anyways and normally not in pleasant or helpful ways.
As business owners, we have many hats to wear. So many tasks to accomplish and the push to do things that are outside of our wheelhouse is strong. So what do you do with those feelings when you aren’t sure you can do your own accounting or really manage that piece of your marketing? Do you hide them? Do you embrace them, show them some love and say ‘Hey, I know you’re scared or nervous, but we really need to do this to be successful and get to where we can hire someone to do this bit for us’? Or do you squash every one of them like a gross bug and pretend that didn’t happen and move on?
I would challenge you to feel those emotions, see how you can recognize them and let them move on from you. Maybe you need some help getting past them. Have you looked to see if someone offers training or guidance in the area you’re struggling in?
My clients tend to feel lost, overwhelmed and just don’t know where to start. Kim who worked with me now says “I have peace of mind knowing my content is created and scheduled to post on a regular basis.” I would encourage you to reach out and find someone to help you get confidence in the areas that you feel are lacking, and please, feel those emotions. They are a part of you.