“It’s not easy being green.” Kermit had it all right. Seriously. But the green I’m talking about isn’t being a frog. It’s the ugly creature called jealousy. And if you’re struggling from financial woes, I offer you this advice:
Stop Being Green to Get Out of the Red
I don’t like being jealous. In all honesty, I’m not usually a jealous person. My life is the way it is because this is the way it’s supposed to be… for now… But a few weeks ago jealousy seriously took over my life.
Did I do anything malicious? Heck no!
But I dwelled on what the other person had that I wanted and it consumed me to the point that I was sacrificing productivity. Trust me when I say that when you’re already struggling financially, dwelling on other people’s fortunes and your lack thereof doesn’t help a damn thing.
In the spirit of transparency I need to tell you exactly what my jealousy was about. If you haven’t heard of her, Kimra Luna is a well known Personal Branding and Online Business Strategist who has built a ridiculously impressive community on Facebook called Freedom Hacker’s Mastermind. In just two years she built her company from zero to multi-million dollar status and took her family from struggling to soaring. And everywhere I looked I was seeing her story.
I’m ashamed now to admit that I didn’t look behind the headlines to see what was going on. I sat on the sidelines, stewing over my own product ideas, wondering if she would be as successful as she is if she didn’t have blue hair.
I was being shallow, I admit it.
I don’t remember how events transpired, but one evening after the kids went to bed I decided to take a look at Kimra’s website. Sadly, it was the first time I had actually given Kimra the respect of more than a three second headline glimpse.
I was blown away.
Hours went by and I ingested just about every word. I say “just about” because the contents of her site inspired me so much that I had to go take action immediately.
Jealousy and my attitude of “Why does SHE get it and I can’t?” had gotten between me and making my own dreams a reality.
Kimra, like me, has a passion for helping others. And she does a damn good job at it. But rather than stew about why others had what she wanted, she went out and learned how to make her dreams come true. And while I have spent countless hours learning, I was missing critical components that Kimra possessed: community, confidence and clarity.
And because I can be a stubborn (insert your choice word here), I was refusing to stop being green to get out of the red.
Another confession: I don’t like to spend too much time looking at what other people are doing. If it’s a program I am seriously interested in taking myself, great. Otherwise I would rather know that my ideas are my own and any overlap is purely coincidental.
I already had my road map laid out when I decided to get off the stubborn train and look at Kimra’s site. The problem, however, was that I had doubts in myself. I doubted my program and it’s launch. But that’s changed.
I’m sitting here now, three days before my biggest program launch, and I’m so excited I could puke. (Just being honest)
I’m not scared people won’t sign up. I know they will. For the first time ever I am fully embracing the “If you build it, they will come.” mentality.
And it feels great.
So, friend, stop being green to get out of the red. Your productivity and bank account will thank you.
Kim Sutton is the Managing Partner and Chief Everything Officer of The Sutton Companies, including Sutton Strategic Solutions and Sutton Creative Studios. She is a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Architecture.
An avid reader and passionate learner, Kim is constantly researching, studying and developing business improvement strategies. When it comes to client work, Kim especially enjoys helping her clients develop innovative marketing strategies and sales funnels, particularly when they are using Infusionsoft to automate all the heavy lifting. To find out how you can further develop your company’s marketing and automation strategies schedule a 1-hour Business Boost Strategy Session by clicking here.
In her free-time, Kim cherishes the time she gets to spend with her husband, Dave (her business partner), and five children. She also enjoys reading, knitting, writing and playing video games.