Please stop telling people what you want to do only to trump their advice with your excuses.
“But I need to do __________ first.”
“I need to get all things aligned before I even get started.”
“But I don’t know how to start. I don’t know what I need.”
“Girl, how? I’ll need like $1,000 to do that.”
“I need to find investors first.”
No. No. No.
If you tell me about an idea you have, you must know that my brain is wired to tell you things you can do immediately. You may or may not have the resources at the time, but there is always a way.
If you give me a million excuses as to why you won’t do something, I know it’s because, deep down, you’re afraid.
And it’s likely that you’re afraid of one of these five things:
The unknown: what will happen next?
Commitment: How long will this take? Can I do it?
Putting themselves out there: Will I be judged?
Failing: What will happen if this doesn’t work?
Actually succeeding: What will happen if does?
I found them online as a way to help me frame this article because I’ve really grown tired of the excuses because I hear the same excuses from a lot of entrepreneurs, specifically. Especially when launching BuiltxWomen last year.
But there was a time when I was one of those entrepreneurs.
I was SUPER scared to start Blossom. I was super afraid to tell people about my big idea. But once I broke it down into smaller steps that I could take (buy the domain, set up a website, develop a mission), it became less daunting.
I’m guilty of being afraid of the unknown. I’m guilty of being afraid to put myself out there but after much practice, it becomes second nature. Because what I know for sure is that once you start, once you DO, and with each step you take you are likely going to see your fears fade away.
What I also know is that sometimes, we just need a little push. Sometimes we need a little help in getting started. So I am working on something for my entrepreneurs.
But in the meantime, let’s work on working THROUGH our fears. May this week be filled with a new level of fearlessness. After all, we’re almost halfway through 2018.