I had a lovely woman message me after my last email. She thanked me for my message and let me know however that my typos took away from my credibility. I had to pause and thought 'oh shit, I hate typos, that IS so unprofessional.' and then I thought "eft you, who cares?'. But neither response was the one I wanted to send. I know there was a message here so then I let it sink into my heart. This was my response...
"Thank you xxxxxxx... as far as the typos, they don't really concern me. There was a time in my life where I'd labor over my emails. It was a whole production with drafts and double checking that I had the right offer and so forth. I had a red pen permanently attached to my hand.
And then I released it.
I open up Mailchimp and I write from my heart. And when it FEELS right, I hit send - mistakes and all.
I've been emailing my list for over a decade now AND I get the most heart felt responses and dialogue when I simply don't care about the mechanics or the shoulds. That makes it worth while for me. This isn't a business tool - it's a tool for my expression in the world.
I honor you for calling these mistakes to my attention - and if you stay with me on the journey (and I hope you do), I expect you'll see more. And while I do give a cursory glance, my most powerful messages may be rife with little mis-wordings and places where my hands just weren't agile enough to keep up with my stream of consciousness.
XOXO Big Hugs."
It really got me to thinking about where I no longer hold myself back behind the mask of perfection. The first name of my coaching business was Living ImPerfect... and was my first avenue for myself to release my own perfectionitis. As I (and my business matured), I went through varying stages of release, little bits of shoulds dropping off into the ether. I show up as me now, typos and all. And in that releasing, my business has grown immensely. While I may offend people by typing my instead of me whatever, my people so to the intention and emotion and core of my message and don't care that it's not perfect. I don't care that it's not proper or well thought out.
I care that I show up.
I care that I KEEP showing up.
I care so much that I choose to not stop myself behind the rules of what 'professional' looks like.
It's just me, my message and I.
Where can YOU simply let it go?