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Is your age or lack of experience stopping people from taking you seriously?

“She’s way too young, she could never help me.” 

“You’ve got to be kidding, I was an adult when she was born.”

“Your first year in business? You’re just getting your feet wet. There is no way you can help me with my problems.”

If you are a younger coach (either by age or experience) you might have had one of those awkward moments where you are not treated fairly due to your lack of experience (or someone’s perception of your inexperience). Perhaps someone said one of the sentences above to you or worse, danced around the issue when what they really meant to say was…. 

“Who do you think you are coaching people without more experience?” 

(I’ve actually heard this one first hand… yep). 

 

When this happens, it can leave you feeling angry, hurt, frustrated and down right mad. Just because you are young doesn’t make you less qualified. Does it? 

Just because you haven’t been in the game a decade yet does’t mean you aren’t great at what you do. Does it? 

 

The answer surprisingly, is up to you. 

 

No matter where you are in business, how people respond to you will be based on the energy you put out. It’s basic Law of Attraction.

If you keep attracting people who think you are too young or inexperienced to be hired as a coach, speaker or anything related to your business, it is a direct reflection of what you think about yourself. 

You don’t get what you want, you get what you are.

May 21, 2014 You Don 't Get What You Want , You Get What You Are . Www .jennifer -trask .com

Right now, you might be ready to yell a few things into this screen, “Jennifer that is not true! I am fully competent. I know that. It’s just that others don’t!”

You’re right, they don’t. But not because they are right, it’s because you are wrong. 

You are fully competent. You aren’t ‘too young and inexperienced.’ It’s just the story you keep telling yourself so that you stay in your comfort zone. 

As you grow your business, there is this sort of interim growth time. It’s a time when you are nervous because you are out there trying to prove yourself; getting case studies and client success stories. Maybe you actually have a lot of happy clients but for some reason you still don’t feel, ‘good enough’. 

 Does this sound familiar? 

 If you can relate to this then you need to hear this: 

Until you are 100% centred in who you are, what you do, what value you bring and what difference you make…. until you stand in that truth, your truth, you will have people who will challenge you because they are a reflection of what is going on in the back of your mind. 

Whether you want to admit it or not. Those who show up in your life and bring you strife have a message for you. 

So, if you are experiencing this ever-so-annoying occurrence, then it’s time to take a deep look in the mirror. 

It’s time to decide that you’ve had enough and that you are enough. 

 

You are enough. 

 

Today. 

 

Not tomorrow.

 

Today. 

 

Not when you know more. 

 

Today.

 

Not when you sell more. 

 

Today. 

 

Not when you get published. 

 

Today. 

 

Not when you have your first $10,000 month. 

 

Today. 

 

Today, you are enough. 

 

And don’t let anyone ever tell you any different. You’re worthy of your dreams and you are worthy of being treated with respect. As soon as you fully agree, you will notice those naysayers dwindling away and if they do show up you’ll be able to politely tell them right where to go (hey, I said politely)!  ;-) 

To your beautiful soul being well… more than enough, 

 Jennifer Trask - First

Jennifer 

P.S. Has this happened to you? Can you relate? What did you do or what will you do? 

I want to hear your story. 

P.P.S. If you are struggling in your business or its just not where you want it to be, make sure you pick my latest e-book, “Take 3-5 Years Off Your Business. 10 Steps To Stop Struggling & Start Thriving In Your Coaching Business!”  (and for a limited time... until May 28, get a free coaching call with me. See the page for details!)

Written by Jennifer Trask at 01:36

User Comments

Nicole Oliver

So this is interesting. I feel like I am too young, too inexperienced, too under qualified but I can think of several times in the past year when women I admire commented on how wise I was for my age, how they forget that I am so young because of how I think and act and how I have learned certain life lessons so young. I know there are people in this world that I can coach and that I can help and that the right people won't care. I need to work on owning it.

Jennifer Trask

I'm so glad it helped Cassie! Thanks for the note. :)

Cassie Pereversoff

Love this! Exactly what I needed right now! Thank you :)

Jennifer Trask

Lisa! Thank you for sharing your story. I have felt it too and hope others benefit from knowing they are not alone. We all have so much to give if we just step up to our greatness. You're awesome! :)

Jennifer Trask

YAY Tonya! I'm so glad you liked it. You have so much power - it's time to step into it in every moment! PS Thanks for the idea :) x

Tonya Whittle

Love this post! Thank you for doing it! I do feel at times that I'm not being taken seriously or my idea's are being overlooked and I find myself wondering if it's because of my age or after a meeting has ended I find myself replaying things that *might have meant*. Such a great post because it's so true. Definitely need to step into your own and stop attracting such people!

Lisa L. Payne

Love this post, Jennifer, even though my first thought was that it wouldn't apply to me because I'm so OLD... lol. But I love your posts because even IF it didn't apply to me, I know tonnes of people that will really relate. The truth is, I have thought this before from the perspective of not having enough experience and I really love how you hit the nail on the head. It's all about owning your value and stepping into your power and being able to articulate that by knowing who you serve and how you can help. Brilliant! Also, thank you for sharing that it has happened to you. Very brave. Hugs

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