You must not quit
As I'm sitting down to write this post, I realize I have so much to say! I've been trying to figure out what's most important, because I can't possibly write everything that's on my mind right now in one blog post.
So ... after deliberating a moment while I enjoy the sunshine here in Oxford (I'm visiting my daughter right now), I would like to say this:
If you believe in what you're offering to people in terms of a service or product, you must not quit.
☀️ You must not quit offering it.
☀️ You must not quit SELLING it.
☀️ You must not give in to the feelings of fear and weirdness that might arise when you sell.
You must not give in to the temptation of, "Who am I to be selling this thing?"
You must not allow yourself to listen to thoughts like, "No one is buying, so I guess it's not good enough."
You. Must. Not. Quit.
Because you created it -- whatever it is -- for a reason.
You don't have to know what the reason is. You were inspired, it came through you, and now it's ready for someone else.
I know how hard it can be to sell. I really do.
I also know that it doesn't HAVE to be hard.
It's a choice we can make to say that selling is easy, fun and invigorating.
There's a coach I know of who sells with this attitude: "You're welcome!"
💖 You're welcome! for creating this wonderful thing.
💖 You're welcome! for putting it together in an accessible format so that you could buy it.
💖 You're welcome! for offering it to you so that you can use it to change an aspect of your life/business that isn't working.
How's that for a new attitude on creating and selling what you have to offer?
As I'm writing this note, I have big plans for this shop. BIG PLANS.
I'm creating a million-dollar (or more!) shop that provides simple yet sophisticated resources life and business. That includes the CourseBooks (I'm creating many, many more of these), trainings (more of these to come, too), the Mary's Principles recordings, and things I haven't even thought of yet.
I sometimes think of the thousands of people who have bought and read my books -- people I will never know who have been impacted positively by them?
What if I had written those books but hadn't made them available to people?
What if I had given in to fear and doubt and just kept them on my hard drive forever?
I also think about the hundreds of talks I've given over the years and the ones I'm doing now that turn into the Mary's Principles recordings.
What if I succumbed to the nervousness I often feel before I give those talks and just canceled them?
What if I followed through but then never made the recordings available?
Here's the thing: You and I are the WORST judges of our own value.
So let's do this: Let's not judge ourselves anymore. Let's not try to measure our own worth. Instead, let's create, share and sell, repeat. Create, share, sell, repeat.
If people want to buy, they will. If they don't want to buy, they won't.
But we need to give them the choice to make instead of making it for them. It's not our place to do that.
It's our job to create what we're inspired to create and then share it with the world.
And never quit. Ever.
P.S. The photo was taken in The Regent's Park rose garden. What if just ONE rose decided to quit blooming because maybe it felt like it wasn't as good as the other roses? I believe it would have a ripple effect felt around the world, and not in a good way. That's also what I believe happens when you decide not to bloom and grow to your fullest extent. Be ALL of who you are.