There are exciting times ahead. The future is filled with unlimited potential. You’re about to take back control of your life and set out on your entrepreneurial journey.
If you’re anything like me, the chances are you’ve been dreaming about this moment for a long time, coming up with ideas, weighing up your options, making plans, or just leaning in and imagining what it will be like to be able to make your own decisions and not have to answer to anyone anymore.
You start out all full of enthusiasm, confident that you have the skills, knowledge and experience you need to deliver to your customers. But very quickly you discover that there is a lot more to running a business than being able to deliver what you are selling.
The sheer amount of things you think you need to learn is overwhelming, and you end up feeling confused, not knowing what to focus on first.
The confident you who started out on this adventure all of a sudden starts doubting herself.
You start hearing voices in your head telling you things like “You’re not good enough”, “You don’t have enough experience” or “You’re not likeable”. They ask you “Who do you think you are expecting other people to pay you for your services?”
You feel like an imposter sitting there waiting for someone to call you out for being the fraud you feel you are.
But don’t listen to her, your inner mean girl. She may sound like she knows what she’s talking about, that what she’s saying makes sense. But the truth is that she’s just a scared, insecure girl trying to stop you from stepping up, taking risks, and outgrowing her.
As with anything new that you try, starting a business is going to take time and practice before you start to find your feet. It takes time to develop the basic knowledge you will need, to identify what will work best for you, to find and nurture potential customers and to uplevel your mindset to cope with this new chapter in your life.
So if you feel out of your depth for a while, don’t panic! Don’t beat yourself up and start believing you’re not up to this….you are. It’s just a transition phase.
Here are 7 ways to help you bolster your mindset so you can confidently keep taking positive steps forward…
1. Choose courage over fear
Fear will always be a factor no matter how long you’ve been doing something.The minute you start pushing outside your comfort zone, fear is going to start creeping in. But you have a choice…you can let it hold you back, or you can take a deep breath and do it anyway.
Remember that there is no such thing as failure.Whether you succeed or not at what you try, you will grow and learn as a result.
2. Develop rock solid belief in your own abilities
Believing in your own abilities will give you the resilience and the strength to keep going no matter what.
Make a list of all your skills, knowledge and experience, of all the achievements you have accomplished over the years, of your strengths, and your talents. Remind yourself of just who you are and what you are capable of. And every time you start to doubt yourself, get the list out and remind yourself.
3. Find new friends
With all the best will in the world, your friends and family will not understand what you are doing, unless they’ve been there and done it themselves. Instead of seeing your struggles for what they are, part of the growing process, they are more likely to see it as a sign that you should give up and advise you as such.
As the saying goes, “You are the sum of the 5 people closest to you” so find a new set of friends who understand your journey and the challenges you’re facing to talk to about this part of your life.
Surrounding yourself with people who will support and encourage you is vital for maintaining a positive mindset.
4. Know where you’re headed
If you don’t know where you’re headed, you will never get there. Even worse, the lack of direction will result in you wandering around aimlessly making it easier for you to become distracted by shiny objectives.
When you lack focus, you tend to jump from one thing to another, achieving little.
When you have a clear vision to work towards, one that you can get really excited about, it makes it much easier to keep taking action. Get clear on what you want to be, do and have and then create a visual representation of that vision, either online or on a physical vision board, which you can put somewhere you’ll see it every day. This will act as a constant reminder of what you are working towards and help to spur you into action.
5. Small steps help you achieve big dreams
Big dreams should be scary. If they’re not, you’re not dreaming big enough!
The reason most people fail to achieve their big dreams isn’t because they’re not doable. It’s because they feel so overwhelmed just thinking about them that they never take that first step towards them.
Breaking your big dreams into goals that act as milestones, and then those milestones down into easily achievable steps makes them feel more realistic. And they also give you regular opportunities to celebrate along the way to keep your motivation high.
6. Focus on the positives
It’s only natural to feel down from time to time. Sometimes you just wake up and you’re not feeling it, and at other times life gets in the way, bringing you down.
But here’s the thing…you get to choose how long to wallow and when to refocus.
What we focus on grows, both positive and negative. Sometimes we need time to process what is going on in our lives, but the longer you stay in a negative frame of mind, the more you will find to be unhappy about, and the harder it can become to recalibrate how you feel.
The easiest way to change how you’re feeling is gratitude. It’s about consciously looking for the positives in your life.
Your brain can only focus on one thing at a time so if you’re looking for all the good things that’s what you will see and your spirit will lift accordingly.
7. Don’t hesitate
The longer you think about something, the harder it can be to get started and do it. Don’t get me wrong, taking time out to think things through properly is good…but procrastination is not. It’s the killer of dreams…
Don’t give yourself time to talk yourself back out of the decision you’ve made. Once you’ve decided to do something, take action. And then keep taking action.
Taking that first step is always the hardest. Having done so will make you feel much more positive.
So get out of your own way…
Conquer your mind…and the rest will follow.
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