“Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.” – George Herbert
There are millions of quotes online to help motivate us in our different endeavors. Our Mondays are especially filled with pleasant backdrops and inspirational quotes that are used to help us start our week with a positive and productive attitude. These quotes help to lighten our mood while sipping our coffee. Let’s dive into the question of how we can actually absorb that motivation to make the decisions necessary to start that project or business idea we have been planning to start.
Starting big projects that create a difference in your life or the lives of others takes steps that includes risk. Changing aspects of your life leaves room for something to potentially go wrong. You may be afraid that failure will negatively impact your life and cause embarrassment for all to see. Regardless of the potential loss, you will need to muster up some courage to engage in risk.
There are some simple steps you can do to help you make the jump. Starting a new business, or starting a new project to grow your business can feel daunting and overwhelming. Let’s figure out how to navigate situations that include risk, but have potential for true growth.
Don’t Exaggerate The Risk
You have a busy life. You already have a schedule full of things that you need to accomplish each week for social and business reasons. When you actually want to implement a plan to start a business venture, it can get overwhelming. It is easy to panic when you are overwhelmed.
Take a step back and look at the whole situation. Make a pros and cons list to get a better idea of what your plan entails. Be honest to yourself about the potential risks and write them down. After that, imagine all of the realistic possibilities of what could happen if the risk turns out well.
This next part is crucial to get your mind in the right head space. Imagine and record what the risks are if you don’t follow through with your plan. What could get worse for you? Your future peace of mind could be at risk due to the regret you would feel if you never follow through with your dream. Would not following through with this plan be something you regret for years to come? Think about ways that your current business or life will go if you never step out of your comfort zone to start this new project.
Once you have a better idea of the position you are putting yourself in, start taking smaller risks in your life to get yourself used to the feeling of stepping out of your comfort zone. Try going to new places, try new food, clothes, or activities to train your mind to get used to doing things differently.
Though taking risks is key for finding new success, you have to be smart about the risks you take. Running straight into any risk without considering what could happen could get you into a lot of bad situations. Our fear of risk can help guide us to make the right decisions. As long as we learn how to distinguish which risks are a good idea and which ones are not. A pros and cons lists will help you make these decisions.
Taking a realistic look at your timeline and when you should quit your other job or find a bigger office space are good examples of risks that should be carefully calculated before jumping in. Take your budget into account and figure out how you are going to find the funds for specific aspects of your project before taking certain actions.
“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of commitment to excellence, intelligence planning, and focused effort.” – Paul J. Meyer
Once you decide to follow through with your dream, go for it. Refrain from wavering on your decision from day-to-day. The only way to see real results is to jump in, knowing the risks, and work as hard as you can to achieve your goals. Once you have a good idea of the situation and what steps you need to take in the moment, you just need to fully commit and do it.
If you waste time going back and forth on an idea, you aren’t going to see the results that you will want to see a year from now. You are more likely to fail if you don’t meet that risk head on and do everything in your power to make your goal work.
Without a solid level of commitment, you haven’t truly started yet. This lack of commitment shows that you are still holding on to the fear that your idea won’t work. A lack of commitment will make you less organized and passionate about what you are doing. Once you have fully made the leap, you will be able to focus better, organize, and enjoy what you are doing without being consumed by fear.
Sometimes You Don’t Have The Answer
Though your situation should be fully analyzed to see the risks and benefits, it’s okay to not have all of the answers. Sometimes you won’t know exactly what something will look like in the future, yet you should still work hard to attain a certain.
Another issue is thinking that you need to know exactly how you will accomplish everything that you would like to accomplish. Be flexible with your tactics as you continue on your path.
As times changes and you learn more, you may find new tools to make your dream work. Just take it one day at a time to meet tangible goals. Somethings will need to be figured out along the way. Taking it a day at a time will help you not feel overwhelmed despite the unknowns.
Failure Is A Tool
Whether big or small, you will find some failure along the way. That may sound terrifying, but it is actually freeing. We are so scared to take risks because we are scared of failure. Once you see failure as part of life, you will be more likely to take those risks that will help you find success in your business and life.
With every failure is a lesson. Embrace those lessons and take them into your next project or the next step of the project. No one accomplishes a great goal without falling on their face a few times. The trick is to keep on going after you have failed.
Failure can do one of two things:
- Make you better and make it so you can meet the next similar situation with confidence.
- Stump you because you are too focused on your embarrassment or shortcomings.
The deciding factor for these two outcomes is your perception and how you choose to see the issue of failure. So take that failure and embrace the next risk knowing that you have learned a new lesson. With these clear steps on hand you will be able to navigate those situations that are risky but can benefit you and your business greatly.
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