Raise your hand if you have plans to launch a business , or dig deeper into a business idea in the new year?
Now, I’m going to ask you to get real with me, and with yourself, if I had asked you this question last year around this time, how many of you would have the same response?
And now another question, how does that make you feel?
I’ve been there before. Kicking around business ideas for years on end. Telling myself that this, that, and the third had to be just right before I could set up shop. When I worked primarily as a freelancer, it took me awhile before I was able to put myself out there, and advertise my services. And even today, now that I’m doing more branding and marketing strategies for businesses, I still have moments when I want turn my back on all of the discomfort and questioning that comes with putting your ideas out there.
So, what are the three things that are causing you to slow your roll?
You Don’t Really Believe In Yourself
Straight up, putting yourself out there as a business owner takes guts. It takes guts to believe that you can do what it takes to get clients, and more importantly, follow up with good work. Ever heard the term, “fake it till you make it?” Yeah, well people with a belief issue, can’t find the courage to fake it. They are sitting on the sidelines, silently willing themselves to get off the bench, yet they stay glued.
So how can you develop more self confident in your business abilities?
By doing the work.
There is really no way, no tip, and or trick around this one. Confidence is just like a muscle. The more you use it, you build it up. You don’t have to make leaps, you don’t even have to make strides at first. A baby step will totally do. But you must make a move.
You Don’t Allow Yourself To Focus
If your business ideas are all over the place, or you are coming up with like five ideas every other day, then I’ll keep it real with you: you aren’t allowing yourself to dig into the type of deep focus that basically allows you to be OBSESSED with your dream, and what you really, really want to create.
Dude, I get it. I’m also one of those people that comes up with a million ideas, and dagnabit, a good number of them are good! But, truthfully, if you are spreading yourself too thin when you haven’t taken the time to develop one thing that you just effin rock at, you won’t be able to move toward your other ideas.
Emile, over at Puttylike, is all about the power of the “over arching theme” meaning, is there a theme that ties your interests together?
My overarching theme at TFLP is “Freedom”. Freedom to define happiness and success on your terms, freedom through entrepreneurship. Freedom to be who you really are.
Freeeeedooooom, freeeeeeedom, freeeeedom!
Okay, I think you get the idea.
What types of overarching themes can connect your interests to one another, until you get to the point where you can hire people to help you execute your other ideas?
You’re Refusing To Launch
Perhaps you’re waiting until everything looks “perfect”. Or you’re stuck in comparison land, drowning your sorrows in wine because your blog or website, or biz idea doesn’t look like all of the websites you’ve been digging through rather than focusing on what you have to offer.
It’s killing your vibe big time, and you need to let it go,
Everyone had to start somewhere. And if the person who has a biz that you admire/covet has been around for awhile, I’m sure they had a starter site that looked pretty crappy too.
But guess what?
They launched. They started. They accepted that it was a work in progress, and they got it out there.
You can too, my friend.
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