Moving through fear can be scary and even paralyzing at times. Yesterday, I went with a friend to a store I love to see if they would be interested in selling my Gratitude Scarves there. I designed these scarves about a year ago from a burst of inspiration and actually went through the process of getting them made and started a website and everything.
Then, I sat on them. For a year.
I haven’t really made a push to get them out there…out of fear! It’s scary to talk to people! Especially when I don’t know what I am doing! (I have no idea how to get products sold in stores…yet). I focused on other things in the year and the scarves slipped to the back of my mind.
Recently, I decided to do something about them. I made the first step towards managing my fear by offering my Gratitude Scarves to a group of women healers – and they loved them! They bought a whole bunch – for themselves, friends, clients, and for holiday gifts. It was so wonderful to have people genuinely appreciate my creation and walk away with smiles on their faces.
It was nice to be reminded that people do want what you create. Putting yourself out there is not about being pushy or “sales-y.” It’s about genuinely offering your product or service. The people who will benefit from what you have to offer will resonate with your message and take action to receive what you have to offer. Be open to people benefiting from your talents.
My burst of inspiration was to create a unique and gentle way to “wrap yourself in gratitude” daily. A sort of “affirmation card” that you can take with you wherever you go. So I chose over 30 words that were related to affirming a grateful life – love, friendship, grace, joy and many more – and arranged them in different fonts around the fabric. I selected a few pretty colors (pink, purple, and turquoise to start) and made sure the fabric was very soft since I have sensitive skin. I can’t offer something I wouldn’t want myself. It feels out of integrity to me.
So, I promised myself that yesterday I would go in to this store and ask what the next step would be – and I did it! (The next step is to call and make an appointment, but hey, it’s progress!) Having my friend there for support helped tremendously. Allowing myself to receive support is a powerful tool I use to help myself manage my fear. Also, reminding myself that baby steps are the way I move forward, in any area of my life. One step at a time. That is how I gently move through fear.
And hey, while we’re here, do you have any knowledge or experience of how to get products sold in stores that you would be willing to share? If so, I would love to hear from you! (Asking you now is another baby step. More progress!).