“Mama, why is the baby out of the covers? MUMMY!!! It will get cold!”.
These days I’m readily admonished by my 3 year old should I dare to leave her toy baby out of the bed covers. Or if she doesn’t think I’ve fed it recently enough, I’ll also receive a stern telling off.
She’s given me her toy baby to care for and she takes it very seriously. At first I thought she was testing my suitability to be a mother to the one that’s on the way, but what she’s actually doing is role playing.
In her own way, she’s mentally coming to terms with the new roles she’ll soon be playing in her life. The roles which will be foisted upon her when #2 arrives – that of big sister and no longer the only child with her Mama’s sole attention.
Aspiring – and even existing – business owners and entrepreneurs could learn a lot from the role-playing approach. Especially creative and spiritual ones.
How many times have you said, apologetically, to other people and yourself:
- I’m not very good at business, I just want to draw/coach/guide.
- I can’t do strategy and planning to save my life.
- Marketing’s just not my thing.
What would you do, how would you be if you took a leaf out of Mali’s book and started to mentally come to terms with being your own boss?
- Could you think of business as a simple exchange – you receiving value for the value you provide to others – and that this is something you can do…innately, intuitively?
- Could you practice planning for your business – as a game, even – and see it as a fun exercise of choosing where you’d like your business to be this time next year and what you’re going to do and not going to do for the next few months to get it there?
- Could you believe that marketing is simply telling people who care, how much you love to do what you do and how rewarding it is when they love it too?
pretending role-playing doesn’t work for you, then what can you do to actually become what you need to be?
The scary, exciting truth is that if you (want to) run a business, you ARE a business owner and an entrepreneur. It’s time to start feeling, believing and behaving like one.