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Jan 15, 2018

It’s Your Move

A few years ago, I decided I wanted to write a self-help book on a business subject that I was really passionate about.  At the time, I had no idea how to write a book or for that matter, get it published and promoted. 

No idea, whatsoever. 

But did that stop me? No, I worked things out along the way, and got it done.   

Maybe, it was the Richard Branson’s quote that resonated with me – “If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later.” 

He inspired me to get on with it, to get started, and then to figure it out as I went.

Have you ever met someone that needs to have every detail before they can make a decision? 

They are so afraid of taking a risk that they in fact over analyze to the point that it prevents them from making a decision and ends up with inertia. In fact, they let their own fear stop them from doing something that is so right for them.

Are you one of them?  Are you afraid to make the move?

I have met so many people like that in my business. They talk themselves out of doing something that could really benefit them. 

Why is that?

Well in most cases, its fear. Fear of failure.

They make a whole bunch of excuses like: I’m not prepared. It’s not a good time. I’m not ready.

And so on.

They have this impression that they have to get it right the first time, and therefore they have to have everything covered off before they make any decision. 

As stated by Author, Price Pritchett – “Getting ready is quite frankly a stalling tactic, an act of anxiety, a con game you’re working on yourself.”

We all know there are no guarantees in life and no crystal ball to see the future on what will go right or what will go wrong on any endeavour.  So continually planning, assessing, analyzing, reviewing, consulting, and pondering could literally drive you crazy.

So, you continue to sit in limbo, never to act, never to make your move forward, and never to achieve what you are so capable of. 

I have found that you just have to trust your instincts and your gut feeling.  Just like in the game of Chess, you have to make the first move if you want to play.

I remember when I made a decision to leave the corporate world to run my own home based business. I was an executive in a major cosmetics firm which was exciting but I wanted something else and something more out of my life. I wanted a different lifestyle. I wanted my own business and to be an entrepreneur – to have control of my own time.

So I made the jump.  It was scary but once I began there was no looking back. I made a lot of mistakes along the way, but I knew that I was committed.  I knew I wanted time freedom and to focus on what really matters. My life. My family. My legacy.

Did I know it would work out? 

Of course not, but I made the jump anyway because I wanted something different.  I did not need to to convince myself with statistics, or analysis, because if I did I would have stayed in the safety of my existing comfort zone.

You are already capable of escaping to a higher level of performance, but you will never know if you don’t act. Don’t keep stalling. Take the leap!

And by the way, once you jump, the fear is gone.

Life is a journey, an adventure and the adventure can’t begin unless you make the first move!

 

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