So many of my clients come to me for entrepreneurship coaching, and while I have many tools, skills, and abilities to use to help with, there is one thing that I can’t do. I cannot do the work for them! I love coaching, but I am also running my own business. I have to do my own work.
To be very specific, most people feel that they need all of the “right” answers before they get started, but that is the very thing that will keep them standing still forever. There is no completely perfect combination of actions that can be taken that will automatically ensure success. The truth is, success comes from a person making a series of relentless decisions to achieve their goal.
Most people who seek out the services of a coach are already on the right track. They are using someone else’s experience, expertise, knowledge, and skills in order to better position themselves in their businesses. Kudos! Once you have some insight and direction, it’s time to get moving. In fact, the thing that I say the most to my new clients, is to just start. Do the work, and you will start to get a better idea of what could be altered.
Do the Work!
Don’t put too much energy into going through every little scenario in your head before you get started. Whatever the entrepreneurial endeavor is, it belongs to you. You can mold it whichever way you choose, and if you decide later that you want something different, you can change it. Nothing is set in stone. As you grow and change, your brand can evolve with you. Just get started!
Have you been stalling on a project, because you want everything to be perfect first?
I saw a video of a guy who was blindfolded, and he had to complete a Fear Factor-like task by reaching into a glass container to touch something. The video was hilarious, because inside of the container was a teddy bear, but the guy was jumping around and screaming every time he touched it. The scariest part of his challenge was not knowing what the heck he was touching. How does this apply to new entrepreneurs?
Nowadays there are millions of people dreaming of being business owners, and while more and more people are transitioning into entrepreneurship, some can’t seem to get over the scariest hump associated with starting a business…The Unknown. Even though people are excited to finally take that leap from working for someone else to working for themselves, some never seem to get their business off of the ground, because they refuse to move in any direction for fear of not knowing what comes next.
On a recent sales call, my client shared with me that she was a little intimidated by the knowledge that she lacked as a new entrepreneur. She said that the scariest part was not knowing exactly what to do, and she was afraid to not get it right. This is a common feeling that most entrepreneurs experience when they are first starting out. Read more →
People learn biz essentials every day through research, seminars, books, etc. We cannot discount the learning that takes place through failures, though. I know, we don’t like to say the “f” word, but some of the most valuable lessons come from it. I consider myself a lifelong entrepreneur, because I have been starting and running businesses since I was very young. Read more →
Growing a blog is hard work! I went through these feelings last month, and I just went through them this morning too. I started to feel down on myself from thinking about my lack of progress. Even though I have seen the number of visitors slowly climbing on my blog, I haven’t seen very many comments on my posts. That feels like no one cares, and I start feeling like maybe I should revamp my content and change what I talk about. I mean, blogs that are into fashion and beauty, hair, and making money seem to have people all over their sites. Read more →