These past few weeks there have been lots of changes happening at The Garden.
Lots of doors closing, and not so many opening.
As a business owner, this can become quite disheartening and I would be lying if I didn’t say these last few weeks didn’t make me question at times, the very fabric which is weaving the new look Garden together.
Questions have arisen such as:
Am I on the wrong path?
Am I making bad decisions?
Should I change who I am?
Should I change the way I approach the things I am doing?
And probably the biggest one I stumbled with for a long time, was:
“Should I change who I am if I am not fitting in with what everyone else is doing and it’s causing me to be on the outside?”
When I took over as owner of The Garden, many people thought I would keep things the same, but I haven’t.
And the reason?
Because I am different.
I am different to Emily and Jo, and my vision for The Garden is different to what was running previously.
As kids, we spend so much time trying to fit in, that it seems like it’s ingrained into us as adults to not want to stand out or be unique.
However in business, this is not only detrimental to our emotional and mental health as we try to be someone we are not, but it’s also detrimental to our business health too.
If I choose to do business with someone, I do so for a reason. I have made a decision (usually well in advance before I approach them) in choosing to align myself with their business, and usually the reason I chose them?
It’s because they are different.
Sometimes I find the answer which comes back is a no. We may not be compatible, or we may not be a good fit for each other.
When this happens it can be tempting to want to change the course of action or vision you have or even to want to change who you are, just to get someone to sign up.
If you ever find yourself at this point in the road, my thoughts on the matter are this:
Be relentlessly passionate about being you.
Not all people in business will want to work with you.
This is ok.
In our instance of The Garden, there are many wonderful spaces in our community for people who want workshop hire once or twice a year, however this is no longer the model we serve.
The new business model for The Garden is to build a collective.
Of people who want to grow.
And have a collective of others around them who share these same dreams for their personal and professional life too.
The Garden now shares the dreams I have to reach those who want to help themselves with education, guidance, tech support, and a member support.
Although we are now different to other business’s in our community, I need to “practice what I preach.”
And that mantra first and foremost is:
Embrace who you are.
All the bits and pieces which have stacked up over the course of your life to give you the person standing before you today.
There is no-one else in the world like you.
Nobody else has your experiences.
Or your dreams.
Take them. Mould them. Shape them. And breathe life into them.
Allow your dreams to come alive and be perfectly in sync with what you want to achieve, no matter how “unrealistic” or how much “resistance” you come up against.
The world needs more of you.
The beautiful, unashamed, passionate, and sometimes flawed, but always trying version of you.
Allow the world to see you for who you truly are.
And if you want someone to stand next to you, I’ll be here.
Doing exactly the same thing too.
If you want to pop down and see the new look Garden you can find us at 100A Young Street, or check out our new membership model here.
I look forward to meeting you.