Sometimes the hardest and scariest thing to do is to take an idea and try to make a business out of it. Often a flurry of doubt goes through your head. Will this work? Can I do it? Will people buy it? Can I make a living off of this and pay my bills? These are very real concerns, but we’ll never know the answer to any of these questions if we don’t step out and try!
It’s natural to be nervous or scared when starting something new, but always remember that regardless of what happens, “You will be okay!” You probably have numerous examples in your life of prevailing over hardships and pushing through trials. Entrepreneurship is just one more challenge for you to overcome. Here are four types of past experiences you can pull from to help you overcome your current fears to get the results you want.
You Didn’t Know The Answer, But Still Found a Solution.
How many times have you started a project not knowing exactly what you were doing: that home improvement project, a new assignment your boss gave you, even that physics class in college? And yet, your house is still standing, you still have a job, and you graduated from college. Remember you don’t always have to have the answers in the beginning. However, you must have the willingness to learn and figure things out along the way.
You Got a Little Banged Up, But You Got Back Up.
We have all had some hard periods in our lives where nothing seemed to go our way. Maybe you lost your job, you didn’t know how you were going to pay your bills, and your car wasn’t working. You are overwhelmed, stressed, and probably a little depressed. You felt like you had to rob Peter to pay Paul, but somehow you made it through. You worked with your creditors to get things paid off. You eventually found another job and things got better. Remember you’ve been through tough times before and survived. You can do it again!
You Took Action.
You’ll never get anywhere standing still. You don’t know if you can do something if you don’t try. How many times have you heard a child say, “I can’t do…” before they even tried? (My god daughters say this all the time about multiplication!) You’ll never know if you don’t take the first step and try. You can even start with smaller action items. Start talking to some people about your idea. Get feedback on what they think. Identify your ideal customers and start engaging with them to find out if they are willing to buy what you have to offer. Starting blogging and talking about your ideas and your solutions. See how people respond. But you’ll never know if something will work if you never get started.
You Had A Lot On Your Plate, But Still Got Things Done.
Sometimes it feels like the weight of the world is on your shoulders and you don’t know if you are going to make it - like going to college, while working, and taking care of family. You probably had a lot of long and late nights trying to balance it all. Maybe at times you felt like you weren’t being the best partner or parent. Even with all this going on you still made it through it. Now you have your degree, a better paying job, and your family still loves you and are probably better off because of your tenacity. Remember these times. If you managed that balancing act then, you can do it now.
Whenever you feel a sense of doubt come over you, think back on all the challenging times in your life where you have made it through them. You probably have a lot of examples. Remember and rely on that strength. It has gotten you this far. Never give up, stay true to yourself and keep moving forward. You’ll always be okay in the end.