5 subtle ways that confirm you're a pro

Stop waiting.

You don't need to have it all figured out to help people.

If you wait 'til everything's perfect before you start your own business/advertise your services/charge clients what you're really worth, then you'll be waiting forever.

 

Perfection is not a prerequisite to being a professional

You might think a professional...

...is an expert. She has the answers to all your questions.

But, really she...

…knows her stuff, but she also respects her own limitations. She has a network of other trusted professionals to refer you to if one of your needs falls outside her scope of practice.

 

You might think a pro...

...never makes mistakes.

But, really she...

…acknowledges her fallibility—it’s what makes her human. When she does make a mistake, she owns up to it and corrects it quickly and gracefully.

 

You might think a professional...

...has strict professional boundaries, and never lets her personal life leak into her work.

But, really she...

…has strong boundaries, and also recognizes that sharing personal stories with clients is powerful for relationship-building and healing. Before she discloses anything, though, she always asks “Am I sharing this to help myself, or to help my client?”

 

You might think a pro...

...has the degrees, licenses, and certifications to legitimize her practice.

But, really she...

…has credibility in her field of practice. Often that means that she has the degrees, licenses and certifications to legitimize her practice. It also means that she can back up her degrees with endorsements from their community. In some cases, a professional healer may not have a degree because their healing modality isn’t recognized by a mainstream institution.

 

You might think a professional

...is fearless.

But, really she...

…expects to feel fear because she is committed to always learning and growing in her profession. (Growth is change, and change can be scary!) However, she is committed to courage and doesn’t let fear get in the way of her making an impact in her community.

 

Have you been waiting for the perfect circumstances to do the thing you really want (and need) to do?

You're not alone.

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  • What thoughts and fears are holding you back?
  • What are you inspired to do this week despite fear?