BECOMING THE CEO OF YOUR LIFE AND BUSINESS WITH ELLeY MAE
For this episode, I sat down with one of my clients to talk about stepping into the CEO version of yourself.
We sat down and laid out step-by-step what you need to do, if you’re a side-hustler or you’re someone working in a 9-5 and dreaming of having a full-time online business.
We talked all about how to approach that journey from a mindset based, yet practical, perspective so you can actually work towards your dream life and step into the role of the CEO without your brain putting on the breaks.
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Elley Mae is a business & mindset coach helping female side-hustlers ditch the status quo, quit their 9-5’s, and become full-time entrepreneurs, doing what they love every single day.
In 2016, she was made redundant from her day job and decided that from that day forward she wanted to be in control of her employment and her life.
Making the mindset shift from being someone who spent their life pursuing a 9-5 career to someone who worked online full-time was challenging and is what has inspired her to help women who are now facing the same challenge.
“What I help my clients with most is the mindset. I can list them out all the strategies I used to go full-time, but without changing your mindset around becoming your own boss, it will all be so much more difficult. “
Because of the incredible amount of generational standards that have been ingrained in us around are careers, a lot of fears and anxieties come up when you take that leap to go full-time in your online business.
That is when you face the decision of pushing through those fears or backing down. We self-sabotage.
As women, for centuries we were told what our job was and where we belonged; There has been social conditioning to be, act, and talk a certain way.
Women need to give themselves the permission to feel comfortable to step outside of that. To give themselves permission to step outside the social norms.
It’s way more fun outside the normal, anyway.
WARNING SIGNS OF SELF-SABOTAGE
So, how do you stop yourself from sabotaging your efforts?
One of the biggest signs, typically known as imposter syndrome, comes up when you start to feel overwhelmed by looking at other people online.
As soon as you start to sense yourself comparing yourself to others or judging your “success” by where you feel you should be:
Limit the time that you spend consuming.
Make sure you are spending more time creating.
Surround yourself with people that support you, keep you accountable, and push you. Whether it’s a coach, a mentor, or a mastermind of friends.
That’s why even coaches have coaches. Because we all need to be pushed past fear sometimes, we all need that reminder.
WHAT DOES BEING A CEO LOOK LIKE
Being a CEO does not need to mean pantsuits, a corner office, and board rooms (although, if that is what’s aligned with you that’s cool too).
It can mean being comfortable in your own house, sitting in the garden working, and wearing your favourite bunny slippers.
“Everyone’s version of a CEO is different.”
The CEO version of you isn’t so much about wearing a certain “uniform”. It’s about dressing the way that empowers you, whatever that looks like.
But, it’s also about embodying the version of you that you want to be because so many people, entrepreneurs and side-hustlers especially, have these big dreams, goals, and ambitions.
The missing piece of the puzzle is that we’re not taking action on them. We’re waiting for “when” we feel more confident, or when we “feel” like a CEO.
It’s about showing up as the CEO you want to be now.
So, that requires you figuring out what kind of CEO you want to show up as. What does it mean to you to be a CEO?
DESIGNING THE CEO VERSION OF YOU
Many of us try to emulate the CEO version of ourselves that we feel we’re supposed to be.
So, when you are wanting to get clarity of what the CEO version of you looks like, you need to try and avoid looking at what other people do.
Go off social media for 48 hours; don’t consume any content for that time.
Instead, take some mindful time to meditate, journal, do some scripting, whatever works for you to get yourself into a positive state. Then take some time to tap into who you are at your core and decide what your dream life looks like.
Where would you be living?
What would you be doing?
What are your habits?
How much money would you be making?
Who would you be surrounding yourself with?
Just start questioning who you are as a person, not just as a business owner, because it’s important that we build our business around our life, not the other way around.
Really think about your life and what you value the most. That’s where you need to start.
BRINGING CEO YOU TO LIFE
Sometimes your life and the CEO version of your life are going to be vastly different, so you need to decide how badly you want to make it happen. Then, you need to hold on to that deep-seated desire.
Knowing what you need to do is one thing, but creating a plan and actually doing it is another. Put it in your Asana, put it in your Google Calendar, start to action yourself up to actually start doing those things.
If it is something outside of your control, you need to consider reverse engineering that goal.
How can you get yourself from point A to B?
What are the small steps?
Can you hire a coach?
Can you read books on the subject?
Can you take a class?
Can I create more time by getting a part-time job instead of my full-time one?
Start to really ask yourself, “If I reverse-engineer this goal from the finish to now, what are the steps I need to take?”
Being a CEO is about deciding what your vision is, laying out the steps are you need to take to get there, and then taking full responsibility for making it happen.
3 STEPS TO TAKE TO BRING YOU TO THAT CEO DREAM LIFE
You need to find clarity on as much as you possibly can.
Now, it’s important to understand that clarity comes from taking action. So take action and gain clarity.
Get really clear on the foundations of your business: your personal brand, your mission, your financial goals, etc. Your confidence, and the confidence your audience has in you, will grow with your clarity.
BUILD YOUR COMMUNITY:
You have to start creating content today (even if you don’t plan to launch any services for months). You need to start putting out valuable, free content. Start educating people, motivating people, helping them…start giving them consistent value. And, the key here is CONSISTENT.
WORK ON YOUR MINDSET WHILST WORKING ON YOUR STRATEGY:
When you’re working towards clarity, while you’re building your audience, you DEFINITELY need to be working on your mindset. Whether it’s your confidence in showing up online, feeling like an imposter as a business owner, working through self-trust…whatever it looks like for you…the mindset work should not be forgotten.
So have the clarity, build the trust with your community, but also be continually working on your mindset; showing up, being consistent, doing all the things you know are going to get you where you want to go.
WHY CLIENTS WILL SHOW UP FOR YOU?
You have to believe in yourself.
Having an underlying trust in yourself, this “I got this” attitude, and the belief that even if there isn’t a client now, there is one on its way.
If I keep doing what I’m doing, if I keep trying new things, if I keep showing, my dream clients will come.
Self-belief is everything. If you don’t believe in yourself, you can’t expect others to.
Put in the time to work on your mindset, set yourself up with the tools and rituals that work for you, so that when things get hard you know what to do, you know who to turn to.
Putting in the work now on your mindset will only prepare you for when things get hard.
The people that have attracted the dream clients have not only worked on their mindsets but have also worked from a strategic point of view.
They’re willing to try new things, they’re willing to try outside the box techniques, they’re willing to follow their curiosity and explore it.
Start now. There is no better time than the present.
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