Just like last week's blog, I've been continuing to think about the things that keep people from starting their business idea.I meet people all the time who have been carrying around a dream of some kind of business they'd like to start. My first question is always, "What's stopping you"? Typically, their first answer is simply "Fear". Yes, there it is. Fear. Fear of failure. Fear of financial woes. Fear of how it will impact relationships with family or children. It's not to be discounted, this fear. It's real. It's scary. So, how do you move past it?
If you're like me, you reach a point where NOT pursuing your dream is far more painful and scary than getting on with it. When I was living back in Washington, DC, miserable, missing Seattle, no longer loving my work, it felt like my entire life had vanished, at least the one I imagined having. It was hard and scary and took time to reach that point. I've spoken before about enlisting the help of a professional; someone who didn't have a vested interest in whether I stayed put or moved 2770 miles away. Most entrepreneurs have had a similar experience. It may not have involved drastically moving across country, but something happens one day where they just KNOW it's time. One former client was laid off from their job, and that experience had them examining their next move. Rather than find another corporate job, chose to pursue a franchise, now operating a successful restaurant. Another had reached the point where the politics at work were simply intolerable, unhealthy and detrimental to his well-being. He wasn't happy. So, he launched his own consulting firm.
Yes, it looks different for each of us. I was speaking last night to a lovely young woman who has a dream she'd love to be living. But getting there is hard. She has to consider finances. I could see she hadn't quite reached the point where she was ready to launch, but she will. And my gut tells me she's going to be a magnificent success! I can't wait to see her start her journey.
So, as the picture here says, "If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door". Listen to your gut. You'll know when it's time. And if you're having trouble getting there, find a professional to help you along. You'll be glad you did. As Dr. Seuss says, "Oh the places you'll go!".
Stop being afraid and deal with those fears. They aren't insurmountable. You CAN do it! #dreambelieveachieve
Andrea made the choice to leave the corporate world in May 2013 to pursue her dreams.