How to Overcome Perfectionist Blocks and Create Momentum (with Linsi Brownson): Episode 337

On this episode, we have creative entrepreneur, coach, and podcaster Linsi Brownson! Linsi helps small business owners get energized & organized so they can grow their business without burning out. Throughout her career, Linsi has discovered that creative business owners have some unique challenges when it comes to staying inspired and productive.

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Takeaways

  • Linsi says she started in the interior design space, and loved the business mixed with creative side. This allowed her to do her own thing and blend these mindsets together. She and her husband started a furniture company for a while, and once they decided to close, she emailed her list and so many people emailed her asking for her brand consulting advice. That’s how she got where she is today!
  • Your passion, your purpose, your WHY for creating your business: the impact, the quality of life, that’s why we started. The reality of your business, as it starts growing, the business growing starts to overtake the passion behind the business.
  • Our business is an external reflection of what’s going on in our internal landscape. Our bad habits, our belief systems, those manifest as results in our bottom line in our business. The beautiful thing is that the amazing, creative ideas can also manifest into this business and turn it into something unique and special.
  • “We need to solve business problems from the inside out, and most of us are spending a lot of our time trying to solve them from the outside in.”
  • The problems in our business are callings. Places for us to notice. We can’t see everything that’s going on and sometimes the problems that come up are areas we need to step into. They’re not limitations, they’re opportunities to clean stuff up and have a better outcome.
  • Your problems are not shortcomings and they don’t define you. Linsi says that time management seems to be a big challenge. Catch that negative thought in your head and realize YOU are not that negative feeling.
  • Linsi’s advice is to write down these thoughts about money, time, etc. Once you write out your feelings and thoughts, you can see where you’re identifying these things as being YOU. Challenge these thoughts and prove that you are not in fact bad with time, money, etc. Give yourself the grace to prove you are not the limitation.
  • Separate the identity from the behavior.
  • Time audit: look at what you’ve already done. Write down what you’ve already done in the previous week. Refresh your memory, pull up your calendar, and ask yourself:
    • How did you spend your time?
    • What setbacks did you have?
    • What did you start?
    • What did you finish?
    • What did you get done?
    • How much time did you allow vs how much it took you?
    • How much energy did you allow vs how much it took you?
  • Linsi says this will help you uncover the perfectionist tendencies–overplaying over expecting of yourself.
  • The outcomes you’re trying to create are what you want to plan your time around. Not individual tasks, the overall outcomes you need to create!
  • The goal is happiness! The goal of your business isn’t task after task–the goal is happiness. Plan for your future self.
  • Don’t set your future self up for failure.
  • “How are you going to be happy if you never let yourself feel good about what you’ve done?”
  • The reason for doing the things you want to do in your business is to have a better quality of life and to be happy and fulfilled. There isn’t the urgency you think there is about how quickly you have to accomplish your goals. Give yourself some leeway and allow yourself to learn and grow through this entrepreneurial journey.
  • Linsi says each week she picks 3 results she wants to see by the end of the week. (1 is normal health and wellness for Linsi and 2 are business oriented) Pick what you want done by Friday, then work backwards–what do you need to do Mon-Fri to get those 3 goals done by Friday. Don’t stretch too far and disappoint yourself, set 3 realistic goals. Then write down the steps you need to take fore each goal to get it done by Friday.

 

Highlights

  • (1:50) A little more about Linsi and how she got started.
  • (3:22) The power of creating a community.
  • (4:25) How perfectionism blocks us from gaining momentum.
  • (5:46) Our business is an external reflection of what’s going on in our internal landscape.
  • (7:05) How to solve your business problems from the inside out.
  • (8:45) Business problems are an opportunity for growth.
  • (9:02) How to separate yourself from your results.
  • (13:02) What you do is simply the response to what you’ve been feeling–and it’s always changeable.
  • (14:10) Disrupting the pattern: An exercise to help you let go of the negative chatter in your mind.
  • (16:13) Overcoming overwhelm: Doing a Time audit.
  • (19:02) How to plan accordingly and not get disappointed when things take longer than you thought.
  • (20:01) The goal is happiness.
  • (21:51) Ambition and urgency because of fear.
  • (23:28) How Linsi plans her week for results.
  • (27:25) One of the best books Linsi has read.
  • (28:18) What does it mean to Linsi to make an impact.
  • (28:40) Where to connect with Linsi.
 

Quotes

“Our business is an external reflection of what’s going on in our internal landscape.”

“Recognize that our business is this incredible vehicle for us to create a life that we want by growing who we are.”

“We grow our business by growing ourselves.”

“We need to solve business problems from the inside out, and most of us are spending a lot of our time trying to solve them from the outside in.”

“What you do is simply the response to what you’ve been feeling–and it’s always changeable.”

“Don’t set your future self up for failure.”

“How are you going to be happy if you never let yourself feel good about what you’ve done?”

 

Resources

Connect with Linsi:

Website: linsibrownson.com

Linsi’s Podcast: Be Brilliant in Your Business

Instagram: @linsibrownson

Book Recommendations:

Steve Chandler

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