It’s All about You
As entrepreneurs, the one thing we have to keep on doing is showing up for our dreams and our ideas, because we’re the only ones that can turn them into reality.
Life is constantly nudging all of us to play bigger, to share our messages, to turn our ideas into reality, to chase our dreams.
You Are Your Biggest Problem
It’s not the time, the money, or any other excuse you think up. Sure, they might be valid problems, but the biggest problem you will have to overcome in order to show up for your dreams is YOU.
We overthink and overcomplicate everything. We shoot ourselves down because we think our goals are out of our reach, that we don’t deserve them, or that there are too many challenges in the way.
I’m here to tell you that you can achieve your goals and that you do deserve them, but first we have to stop letting two little words stand in our way…
The most common reason why our ideas stay in our head is because of two little words: ‘What if?’ What if it doesn’t work out? What if people don’t like it? What if no one buys? What if people laugh? What if I can’t do this? What if I get the pricing wrong? What if it’s not good enough?
The list goes on and on with reasons for why it’s not a good idea to go full speed ahead toward making your ideas a reality. When you think of the ‘what ifs,’ you hold yourself back, overthink everything, doubt yourself, self-criticize, procrastinate, and get stuck. Then, most of the time, you end up pushing the idea to the back of your mind – it was a silly idea anyway!
But was it? Or are you just fooling yourself because you’re too scared, you don’t have a clue how you’re going to do it and you’re so caught up in the doubts that you can’t see a way of figuring it out?
What if we take the ‘what ifs?’ and flip them on their head?
What if it’s wildly successful? What if people love it? What if everyone buys it? What if people smile? What if I can do this? What if I get the pricing spot on? What if it is better than I could have ever imagined?
Things don’t need to be perfect. You don’t have to have it all figured out. You just have to allow yourself to move forward.
Crack Yourself Open
One of the biggest reasons why we fail to show up for our dreams is that we lack clarity, especially in the beginning.
The knowing comes to us all in different ways, but it’s usually an unshakable feeling that you’re supposed to do something bigger with your life, something amazing.
Sometimes it’s our environment and experiences that spark the knowing inside of us, like a situation that’s making you feel unhappy or a challenge you’re facing. Other times, it’s the people around us who inspire us to want more. We see them achieving amazing things and we know deep down that we can too. It could even be a blog, a movie, a piece of music that leaves us dreaming, ‘What if there’s more for me?’ But once we encounter our knowing, it niggles at us until we do something about it. Of course, we don’t always know what’s the next right step to take.
Make the Decision to Be Curious
As you begin to explore and open up to opportunities, make the decision to be more curious and choose to let your curiosity lead you wherever it wants to take you.
Allow yourself the space to open up and spot the ‘divine breadcrumbs’ in your life. We all receive them, but most of the time we don’t pay attention. They’re the messages, signs, and changes in our lives that tell us we are on the right path or need to realign. Sometimes it’s a wise friend who can listen and share their advice. Sometimes it’s just a simple email from a stranger who loves what you’re doing. Other times it can just be a feeling, that what you’re doing feels right.
So start paying attention. Journal, meditate, take some quiet time for yourself, learn, explore… whatever works for you, take action. Just don’t do nothing.
Make Friends with Discomfort
Everyone who is trying to turn their ideas into a reality and build a successful business feels discomfort at some stage. We’re all pushing ourselves to do things we’ve never done before, and that causes the resistance to rise up – the fears, the doubts, the worries – and it feels uncomfortable.
Just know that this discomfort is not your destruction, it is your birth.
Give yourself permission to feel comfortable with being uncomfortable. Know that it is part of the journey and that it is helping you to grow.
Anything is possible when you put your mind to it. Believe that what you want is yours for the taking.
They thought it was impossible for a human being to run a mile in under four minutes. Well, we all now know that it is possible thanks to Roger Bannister, who believed when everyone else didn’t.
They thought it was impossible for a human to travel at the speed of sound, but Felix Baumgartner smashed that belief in 2012.
People are doing the impossible every day. Will you be one of them? Are you prepared to stand out from the crowd and believe that you can achieve things, even though some might think it’s impossible or unrealistic?
Too often, we limit ourselves by thoughts of self-doubt, choosing to believe it’s impossible for us to achieve great things, as others have. The fact is, those thoughts destroy your chances of success. If you limit what is possible, then you will never achieve the things you want.
The Checklist: She Shows Up for Her Dreams
Here’s your checklist to help you condition yourself for success and show up for your dreams.
Make the decision to create your own Mission: Success Challenge. Open yourself up to the possibilities! What amazing things could you achieve?
Be curious in the pursuit of following your dreams and creating a successful business.
Start a journal of your entrepreneurial adventure. Write in it daily (if you can) and share what’s been happening, what you’re trying to achieve, how you’ve been feeling – get it all out, it’s eye-opening and therapeutic!
Allow yourself to start dreaming big and getting clear about what you actually want, what success means for you.
Visualize your future history daily – see it happening, feel it happening, believe that it will happen.
Pay attention to your thoughts in the morning, throughout the day, and at night – choose empowering thoughts.
Change your posture to change your state and feel good.
Create a list of books, videos and programs you want to check out to help you flourish and grow.
Create your inspirational music playlist and listen to the songs that help you to feel good.
Choose your word or statement for the year and make a commitment to live by it. Write it down and place it where you’ll see it daily.
Think about what you’re grateful for at least once a day.
Get the universe on your side and ask her to bring what you need.
Write out your favorite affirmations and quotes and place them around your home and workspace, where you’ll see them every day. Put positive suggestions everywhere!
Be prepared to experiment with your ideas.