When I left Corporate America and started my business three years ago, I went through a long period of de-programming.
For my entire professional career, I worked for other people and organizations and conformed to their workplace norms and culture.
Without realizing it, I had been programmed to operate a certain way:
To arrive and leave the office at a certain time
To put in a specific number of billable hours per week
To take a set number of vacation days
To feel like I had to have all the answers (even when sometimes I just “didn’t know”)
To respond to emails ASAP
To be agreeable and say “yes” as much as possible
To ask questions if something didn’t make sense but not push too hard
To follow someone else’s vision
To accept that I didn’t call the shots at the end of the day
To expect only incremental salary increases if I wasn’t getting promoted
Once I became my own boss, I should’ve been able to create my own rules.
But there was one thing stopping me – ME.
I had guilt if I didn’t work enough hours, if I made money too easily or if I didn’t say yes to every opportunity.
Not because I truly believed I needed to work all the time, that making money needed to be hard or that I owed it to every prospect to find a way to serve them.
But because I had been so programmed from my previous jobs to think that I had to work incredibly hard and put in long hours to have success and earn my salary. I had been programmed to be so client-service oriented that my instinct was to say yes to anything they wanted, even when it didn’t really make sense for them or for me.
It took a while, but over time I was able to shift my mindset away from the habits I’d developed over the past 15 years and implement new norms and ways of doing business that felt good for me.
This idea of de-programming your thinking and your work habits is a common theme for the women I coach.
They want to make changes and once they recognize that they actually CAN shift their way of being and how they do things, they have huge breakthroughs.
This is not limited to women transitioning starting their own businesses.
De-programming how you operate and critically thinking through the practices that will best serve you and your career can be transformational for professional women working as employees for other organizations as well.
I’ve created this freebie, The De-Programmer, to help you evaluate where you can de-program your “operating system” so that you can experience more joy, greater ease and added success in your career.
Grab it now and let me know what you think!