So, you felt uncertain about your next path and all your options seemed so unfamiliar to you.
You did some soul searching.
You did some research.
You made a decision.
You’ll probably now feel a little uncomfortable, a little uneasy. It’s natural.
It’s not just you; even presidents and army generals get that feeling.
Is it really the best decision for your overall wellbeing?
Is it best for your family?
Is it the easy option? I hope not.
What if it doesn’t work?
If it’s a business, most first businesses don’t work, you’ll go on to start another business having learnt a bucket load of useful lessons and hopefully made great contacts.
If it’s a career change, what’s the worst that could happen?
You could always go back to your old career.
Nothing has to be permanent.
The more you think, “this is a big deal”, the more anxious you will be about it.
In several successful business case studies I’ve read, entrepreneurs revealed that a healthy dose of naivety helped them moved forward.
If they’d known how much work, effort and complete endurance would be needed they would not have taken that first step.
The beauty of phase one, being uncertain and unfamiliar, is that all you have to do is think.
Now you’ve decided it’s time to do.
Some moments will be painful.
Failed meetings and interviews will make you feel like giving up.
The learning curve will be steep.
Having chosen an option you’ll now have a plethora of other decisions to make.
In all of it remember that speed, comfort and instant gratification are the antithesis to progress.
Every effort you make moves you a little closer to the goal. Your efforts shut up that naughty little voice that says, "just give up".
Whatever decision you’d taken would have involved discomfort and pain.
Mistakes are inevitable; they are part of the journey.
Yes, you can do this.
Don’t listen to that little voice in your head that says that you can’t.
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Heather on Wealth
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