Sometimes we continue doing things the same way we have always done them not recognizing that our best work is just under the surface. Our best work comes out of our failures, disappointments, and challenges. As a solopreneur, our best work is always evolving at the intersection of our innate strengths, experience, expertise, and growth.

21 ways of bringing your best work into the world.

  1. It is your thing and it is good. Believe in it.
  2. Name your thing clearly and simply.
  3. Allow yourself to recognize and trust your inner voice. Notice when you are paying attention to other voices with more weight than your own.
  4. Understand your strengths and sharply define your role vs those of your collaborators.
  5. Give yourself permission to work within the boundaries of your strength. It is not limiting or selfish. It is better for you and your clients.
  6. The wider you go in your work the less you are in your zone of genius.
  7. Recognize when you need to give up what no longer works for you.
  8. You will evolve and your work will change, sometimes unexpectedly. Let beauty guide you.
  9. Hard to understand services and fuzzy value propositions will hold you back from doing your best work. Translate your work into simple offers. Focus on needs and desires of your ideal client.
  10. When your work is hard to articulate there’s an underlying resistance to commitment and fear that what you want to do isn’t possible. Believe in the thing that seems impossible and watch the complexity drop away.
  11. Develop creative thinking practices of noticing, watching, listening.
  12. Notice when your work sparks a sense of play and curiosity. Honor that part. Develop it.
  13. Don’t spread yourself too thin.
  14. Make your work practical.
  15. Focus on results. Be honest about what works and what doesn’t work for you. It is always a results game.
  16. Create a system to bring clients into the conversation you want to have.
  17. Develop your methodology. Create processes in everything you do.
  18. Get clear on the type of client relationship you want to have and design everything around that.
  19. Initiate the right type of client relationship by creating offers that are aligned with the work you really want to do.
  20. Stay within the realm of your personal experience. Speaking from your own experience draws the interest of your prospects.
  21. You are 100% responsible for the experience you create. Create an experience that will bring out the best in you.

Simply being aware of when we are doing our best work can bring new insights and release fears that hold us back. What else? What do you do when you are focusing on doing your best work?

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Tami Smith is the founder of The Dawning Point and creator of "Where Do You Shine" assessment which has helped self-explorers, soul seekers, and visionaries strengthen their confidence, focus, and purpose.


    • Susan July 7, 2014 at 12:33 pm

      Sorry my gravatar didn’t show up on my first post because I used the wrong email address.

  1. Tami Dawn Smith July 5, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Such wise words, Susan. It isn’t a static process at all. I think there’s a misunderstanding that this important core strategic work is something that is done by an analytic approach. Far from a static or tactical list, it is always evolving and is the bridge between vision and action.

  2. Tamisha July 6, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Love this post, Tami. #3 has been a struggle for me for some time, until this year. I finally just decided that it was time to give weight to my own creative ideas. There was no “formula” for doing so, although I have gone through quite a process of getting there that I could probably never repeat. In that way, it’s been very personal to go through. My entrepreneurial equation session w/ you opened that door wide open, as it helped me finally confirm what I think I already knew deep down (but as usual, your way of revealing it made all the difference). Putting too much weight to other voices was having me build my business LIKE that, when that was never my vision to begin with. Life-changing thought/revelation there. I’m glad you included it in the list. #7 is also really hard for solopreneurs, because the work is VERY personal – we can literally get attached to the process and thereby cling to it when it’s simply not working. Because it’s an expression of who we are as well, we can feel like there’s a loss there, and we humans will usually avoid loss at any cost. There is a breakthrough that occurs, both in business & personal expression when we can change the mindset from “loss” to “growth.” It’s what allows us then, to create over and over and over, regardless of the seeming outcomes and stay true to who we are and, like you say, “the work that is ours to do.”

  3. Susan July 7, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Yeah, for a long time, I really wanted it to be a to-do list I could check off so I could get my voice into the world. Somewhere along the way I realized that developing my work was as much about developing myself than anything else. I think more than writing, developing (an idea, a question, a business) is really how I enter the world and my own growth process the best.

    Tamisha, the one that’s been hardest for me (believe it or not) has been number 2! Naming my thing while not violating #6 and getting out of my zone of genius has been especially difficult. It’s part of being a strategic thinker/problem-solver. I see the foundational problem and I see all of the problems that it logically leads to. My “thing to name” could slide into a slot at any number of levels.

    Positioning is everything for me. I’m working to refine this now using #18.

    • Tamisha July 11, 2014 at 10:44 am

      Makes sense, Susan. INTJ much? 🙂

  4. Patricia September 25, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    This list is so important for me to remember. I agree with Susan, I need to print it and put it up above my desk. As an idea person (or “Creative Visionary”), I need to remember to spend a little more time doing this –> #17. Develop your methodology. Create processes in everything you do.
    I know it will help support me in everything else I do, and I like the idea of it, but then… ideas and possibilities and shiny objects 🙂

    • Tami Dawn Smith September 25, 2014 at 7:39 pm

      I’m right there with you Patricia. I’ve been working with a lot of clients (mostly Creative Visionaries) in the process of creating processes. lol 🙂 The first thing is getting that overall clarity of what we are designing for. Think about what you are filtering for, like panning for gold, or discovering a pattern. It makes it a much more enjoyable process.

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