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(May 30, 2021) Is self-doubt and fear holding you back?

Fear and self-doubt are unquestionably the two most common roadblocks to success in life including what holds many back from starting their personal chef business.

When coming face to face with fear and self-doubt, you could choose to either:

  • Be held hostage to your current life just because it's comfortable; OR
  • Courageously face your fears, take risks, and live life to its fullest

Everyone experiences fear and self-doubt to a  different degree. 

  • An inability to realistically assess your competence and skills, "What if I put out the word about my new business and nobody is interested?"
  • Attributing your success to external factors, "I only got this far because my friend gave me my last job."
  • Berating your performance, "They were just being polite when they said they liked my chicken dish."
  • Fear that you won't live up to expectations, "What if I start my personal chef business and my clients don't like the food that I make them?"
  • Sabotaging your own success, "I'm not even going to try marketing myself because nobody in this town is going to be interested in paying for my services."
  • Setting very challenging goals and feeling disappointed when you fall short

Daily, I'll open my inbox and there's an email with statements like these. What are they looking for? I suppose they want me to guarantee they're going to be successful in their business, but really...only you can guarantee your success.

You are the one who needs to face your fears and take risks. An outside source is not going to help your self-doubt within. You wouldn't have gotten this far in life if you weren't amazing at what you do. 

Understand that entering a new career may trigger self-doubt and fear because it's taking a risk and risks are scary. Realize that even the most celebrated world-renowned chef had a first day in business. He/she faced his anxiety and fear of a new beginning and went for it. Now look at him/her.

Stop being crippled by your fears. Instead, lean into the feeling. Share it with others so they can see the real you. Visualize your success. Don't allow self-doubt and a sense of an "inner fraud" override feelings of success or competence.

Awareness is the first step to change. Instead of telling yourself they're going to find out you're a fraud or that you don’t deserve success, remind yourself that it’s normal not to know everything and that you'll find out more as you progress in your business. 

Be kind to yourself. Remember that you are entitled to make mistakes and forgive yourself. It's all a learning process and nobody is expecting you to come at it with perfection.

 

 

Those that try to figure it out on their own are going to be left behind. The world is moving quickly. Learn from someone who has been there instead of surfing online for general education. You will start off so much further ahead if you listen to someone who has been there, someone who is where you want to be.

Are you willing to invest in yourself to speed up the learning curve? Are you willing to pay for an online course and coaching program that's going to move you along faster? You'll save time, mental energy, and become more focused. Are you willing to speed up your learning curve or are you going to let other personal chefs pass right by you?

One of the biggest mistakes those wanting to enter the personal chef business make is thinking they need to know everything about cooking to start. They think they need to be an expert chef before beginning. It's time believe in yourself and overcome the imposter feelings inside.

Are you ready? Group coaching begins June 18th. Join here >>

 

Successful Personal Chefs Know That...

What will set you apart from other personal chefs is not what you think (your cooking skills) - it's your ability to market and get new clients. 

I'm Virginia Stockwell, a Personal Chef Business Mentor. I help cooks and chefs start and build personal chef businesses so they can have control over their own hours and income.

Unlike most personal chef mentors, I don't provide you with a checklist of marketing things to do, but instead introduce you to the principles of marketing so you can build a long lasting business based on referrals and stop wondering where the next client is coming from.

There's so much more to learn when you join the Personal Chef Business in 10 Weeks program. Your business will be propelled so much faster if you reach out for help.

You may have been trying to go at it alone, researching over and over "how do I get clients? How do I price my services?"

Working with someone who has been in the personal chef business for years is going to get you to your ideal point in business much faster than trying to go at it alone. How long do you plan on struggling?

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