Trust me, I get it. Making big changes of any kind is scary. But know what else you should be afraid of?
Regret. If you’re not doing the work that you’re passionate about, why not? What’s stopping you?
Often it’s our own self-doubt and assumptions that talk us out of doing what we want to most. We want someone to assign us expert status so we can feel justified in getting paid for our work.
The thing is, to the people who need your product or service, you’re already an expert. It doesn’t matter that I’ve never won a Clio Award. What matters is that I’m a good writer and my clients are delighted by the work I do for them.
So how do you start making the transition from fear to action? Try these simple steps to move in the right direction.
- Stop comparing yourself to others. Instead, visualize what your own success looks like and focus on getting there.
- Build an inspiration network. When you’re building a business, having go-to support resources is critical. I find that getting ideas and guidance from real people with inspirational stories is what keeps me going. In fact, today I attended a webinar by Jon Morrow. He has a wonderful way of telling it like it is but making you feel like you can accomplish anything. The key is to put yourself out there. You’ll want to network anyway, so why not seek out local or online groups of entrepreneurs to share wins and challenges with?
- Know that you can do it, whatever it is. But also know that it’s going to take time and effort. Take a look at the book Anything You Want by Derek Sivers. It’s a quick read that illustrates how you can be small and successful. He also has some great advice, like:It’s important to know in advance, to make sure you’re staying focused on what’s honestly important to you, instead of doing what others think you should do.
- Start small. There’s no rule that states you have to quit your full-time job and live in poverty until you get your business off the ground. Slow and steady wins the race, remember?
- No matter how small, take action every day. Use a simple tool like Workflowy to break large goals into small tasks and Google Calendar to plan when you’ll do them.
- Celebrate each win. Big accomplishments are won through a series of small measures. Stop and enjoy each success, whether it’s your first paying client or publishing a blog post on time. You’ve done what most others fail to do: Take action to make their dreams a reality.
No matter what stage you’re at in your journey, everyone experiences fear or worry at some point. What are your go-to strategies and resources that keep you moving forward?
I’ve written this post as part of the Summit Blog Tour, which leads up to the Soul*Full Summit hosted by Catherine Just.
I encourage you to participate in this wonderful event that empowers entrepreneurs, artists and creatives to take action toward their dreams while helping create more opportunities for people with Down syndrome. There will be a ton of great speakers, so don’t miss it!