There’s a powerful exercise I love doing with my students when they get stuck in the “buts”.
I’m not talking about anatomy here.
The “buts” I’m talking about are the “buts” that your mind comes up with as all the reasons why you can’t (or don’t yet have) what you want.
I did this exercise, live, with 600 photography students at Go Boutique Live and on today’s podcast I’m sharing it with you so you can start removing the “buts” in your life.
I know you want to build a business, but I know that because you aren’t where you want to be you tell yourself reasons that you haven’t done that yet.
You’re saying, “I’m so ready to do this, but my photography skills aren’t quite ready yet.”
Or, “I have too many kids at home and my life is just too overwhelming.”
That’s what my student, Cindy Koteki, was saying.
She was running her kids everywhere and that’s a full-time job.
She was ready to succeed in her photography business, but she was busy being a mom.
So what is that thing? What is that “but” for you?
The Power Of Changing Your Words
I want to change this for you.
When you hear yourself saying “but” we’re going to change it to an “and”.
I want us to start accepting what’s coming at us and stop with the judging.
So I want to do something together.
First thing I want you to do is grab your notebook and I want you to list the reasons you’ve been telling yourself that you haven’t started that next level of your business.
I want you to look at what is holding you back.
So instead of saying, “Juggling two jobs is hard,” we’re going to accept that.
It’s true that juggling two jobs is hard.
For us to pay the bills, put food on the table, and do all the things, I’m having to juggle two jobs and it’s hard.
Now we’re going to rewrite it, because we can’t change it.
We start changing it by accepting it and we say “and.”
“And” I can find time in my week to run my business.
“And” I can learn from my failures and do better.
“And” I can build my photography skills while I build my business.
I want you to go to the list that you made.
Read those things that are holding you back, and I really want you to find your “and”.
This is where the transformation starts, by seeing what’s stopping you and what’s in your way.
And realize that you can go around it and it’s okay to be scared.
And you know what?
We’re deciding to do it anyway.
You can do this!
Keep replacing those “buts” for “ands” and believe that you can do this.