Looking for mindset tips for florists? You're in the right place, my friend!!!
But, before I pass along my #1 mindset tip for florists who struggle with confidence (and wanna stop feeling like a total imposter), there's one little itty bitty bit of insight I want to provide so we're all on the same page.
Why Being a Business Owner Feels So Awkward...
Here's the thing nobody tells you when you make the decision to start a flower business:
You're in charge.
On the surface of it, this doesn't seem like such a big deal but it is everything. Like yeah, E–V–E–R–Y–T–H–I–N–G.
It's this one thing that makes us feel like a fish outta water.
Every one of us has spent years, decades, being told by other people what to do. We grow up with our parents telling us the rules. Then we go to school and have teachers and advisors telling us how things need to be done.
Then we go to university or get a job...and there are more people telling us what to do.
Then, somehow we get this crazy idea to start a flower business and get our paperwork sorted and...NOBODY TELLS US EVERYTHING IS DIFFERENT.
But everything is different.
When you're the head honcho, the Flower Boss, the CEO, you are the one calling the shots, making decisions and need to take charge.
And that sh*t is awkward.
Being in charge, calling the shots, is not our normal way of being.
But that's OK. It's not a problem.
The secret to making it work is focusing on mindset tips for florists. (Also, if you're anything like me and you like a little positive voice in your head, cheering you on, be sure to check out my weekly Podcast #ForFlorists – it's a great resource to feel supported and know you're not alone.)
I Wish I Had Known...
The truth is, starting a business is actually super simple. You fill in some paperwork and check some boxes. Maybe you pay for some sort of formal registration. But really, it's all super standard stuff. It happens every day. Ain't no thang.
But nobody tells us the identity shift that is required. There is no popup box or 'please check here' to confirm that you understand that you are now the one calling the shots.
And because nobody talks about this stuff, we all walk around feeling like total imposters and complete frauds (waiting for the flower police to show up and tell us we're doing it wrong.)
If that sound familiar, I'm here to tell you it's totally normal.
You are not broken. You are a human being with a human brain and that human brain of yours is working just as it's programmed to work.
That fear, doubt and uncertainty, it's to be expected.
Particularly when you make the decision to start a business.
Personally, I just wish someone had told me that the day you decide to start a business is the day that you're signing up to be a CEO – a Flower Boss – and that requires you to learn a whole new set of skills (way more than just what's in season and how to get good at design).
Mindset Tips for Florists
Here's the one thing I've learned in +10 years of running my own business: it's OK that being a CEO + Flower Boss feels awkward.
Feeling awkward is OK.
Feeling awkward is not a problem.
Seriously. It's not.
If you dig beneath the surface and do an itty bitty little bit of research on your favourite leaders, creative entrepreneurs and CEOS, you'll quickly learn that none of those people came out of the womb knowing how to do all the things.
Literally, they knew so little about what was "right" and what was "wrong". They just decided to show up, kept putting in the time and energy and figured it out one step at a time.
At the end of the day, they are no different to you and me.
They are human beings with a human brain. They also have moments of doubt, fear and uncertainty. That's a normal part of the human experience.
And yeah, when you show up to work today, you will have moments of "WTF am I doing here?"
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No doubt, those moments happen when you need to step up and be the CEO. And then you'll have moments of 'Hey this is kinda fun.' That's more likely to happen when you're designing, doing the flowering thing and being an employee in your own business.
This distinction is really really helpful – knowing there are times when you'll need to be a CEO and time when you get to be an employee. And learning how to jump between the two is one of my favourite shortcuts for making progress. In fact, you can use these two personas as a great hack for creating more confidence.
The truth is, this has been one of the most powerful mindset concepts I've ever adopted – and I use it in so many different areas of my business. It started with pricing, but since then, I've adopted the Employee v. CEO Mindset shortcut in almost every other area of my business.
If you wanna dig into this even further and get more mindset tips for florists, jump into this week's podcast episode – CEO v. Employee Mindset 2.0
Inside This Week's Podcast Episode You'll Learn:
✓ Why you need to think about being a good CEO and a great employee in your own business
✓ The real reason we stay stuck in overwhelm and confusion as business owners
✓ My #1 tip for conquering pricing, not overbuying at the market and staying consistent on Social Media
✓ My easy shortcuts for knowing when to step into the Employee role versus when to be the CEO
Listen to the full episode here