Do you ever feel like you want to start something new but are just too scared to do it? Or maybe your excuse is that too many people are already doing it and there wouldn’t be enough room for you at that table? What about the excuse of “what will people think?” or “I don’t know where to start?!” Do any of these things sound like excuses that you have told yourself? 9 times out of 10 we can talk ourselves out of starting something that could be so beneficial for us. But my question to you in why not now? Why should you wait any longer to start something that could be so good for you?!
Self doubt will kill you...
As lot of you know a few months ago I started this blog. But I didn’t just wake up one day and go “I’m going to start a blog” and then *POOF* I did it. For MONTHS on end I dreamed of having a space that I could share all of the things I truly loved and all the good deals I am always finding. I got so giddy about a good sale that I just wanted everyone to know. I would wear a shirt that I knew was on sale, and if someone commented on it then I got so ecstatic to tell them all about the sale that was going on. I had so many people tell me, “You should just start a blog” and my answer to that was, “Ehh… I don’t know. I don’t think I would be very good at it.” When in the back of my mind that was something I really wanted to do.
But that was my out. If I said that I wasn’t going to be very good at it, then it wouldn’t be as bad if someone else told me that I wasn't good enough, right?! It was a safety net that I was constantly standing behind. I was scared of what other people might think if I put myself out there. I thought of all the reasons and ways I could fail and not once did I even stop to think "but what if I succeed?" By always planting that negative seed in my head, I had already failed before I even started, and there was no one else to blame besides me.
After going back and forth for weeks and even months about whether I should even start a blog or not, I finally just made a website. Literally one day I put aside all of my fears and excuses and just decided to go all in. It was like something just switched. If this was something I truly wanted to do and truly passionate about, why should I wait any longer? Why not now?! The only person holding me back from what I wanted to do was myself and my own fears.
There is no better time to start then now. If you want to start your own business, do it. If you want to join a MLM team, do it. If you want to start a blog, do it. If you want to leave your 9-5 job that sucks the life out of you, do it. You will never be "ready", so just take that leap. You can’t continuously keep wishing for something and hoping that one day it might happen. That is nonsense. Your dreams are not magically going to come to fruition one day from you just sitting on the side lines. You have to take action. I know that taking that next step can be so SO scary, especially if you have no idea what you are doing but trust me whenever I say that it will be worth it.
If you are not happy where you are at, change it. Do SOMETHING about it, dang it. It is not just going to be handed to you on a silver platter, that is not how this works. You have to put in the time and energy into whatever it is that you want to do. You have to show up everyday willing to work hard for your goals. Yes, it is tough, but so are you.
Only you are in control...
A blog is hard work. Running a business is hard work. Building a brand is hard work. Anything new is hard work. Despite what people may think, these things really are so time consuming and there is so much “behind the scenes” work that no one ever sees nor will they be able to acknowledge. Most of the time people will down play what you are doing, and that is okay because not everyone understands nor do they see your vision. That doesn't mean you should quit or not start because someone else may not get it yet.
One thing I have learned over the past few months is that there is literally no better way to learn than trial and error. This applies to any new gig. Especially whenever you are just starting out; you are trying to figure out all the details. Sure, podcasts, books and researching things are great tools, but that is not necessarily going to move you forward. The only way you will positively progress is by doing. You will fail, but you will also learn. All of the times that you do something wrong will teach you how to do it right for the next time. That can be applied to any business and any area of life.
Good things come to those that work hard...
Something that I have gained from this space is confidence. I show up everyday for the people who support me and who are there for me. I have quit caring about what people have to say. If I cared about every little critical comment, then I would not be able to ever be successful in anything and I would be giving them the power over me.
I was listening to a podcast one time and I don't remember exactly who said it but what they said really resonated with me. It was something along the lines of "people will try and say negative things to bring you down, but that is because they see that you are accomplishing things that they aren't. They will do or say whatever they can to bring you back down." This is so true. The people that have something negative to say, usually say it out of jealously and they are too scared to take that leap of faith that you did.
I let excuse after excuse get in my way for so long, and once I finally took that leap of faith to start something that I loved to do, I never felt more free. I feel like I have control over my life. Yes, there will be extremely hard days, there will be days where you may not have a clue how to do something. But you figure it out and the reward is so much sweeter. If you are seriously doing something that you enjoy doing, you will never work a day in your life and I firmly believe that. I have worked at random jobs and they all were very different in their own way, but none of them made me as happy as creating content and getting to connect with each of you.
Why would you not start now?! Do what makes you happy, you will not regret it.