I understand the challenges that face small businesses, entrepreneurs and start-ups.
You may have read in my story about how I started my very first small business in my early twenties and then went on to do it again later in life. I have also worked with and supported other entrepreneurs and start-ups and I know that there are many things that may hold us back from getting started in the first place.
Or that we get started and then have no idea where to go next. That things don’t seem to go in the direction that we thought they would. And we become paralysed by fear and procrastination.
I get it.
Would it make you feel better to know that we all share similar thoughts? That you are not alone. Because it can often seem like everyone else moves forward without a care in the world. Fearless.
And then there’s us. Struggling to make sense of something that we just assume we should know. But why would we?
That misconception is crushing. And it is one of the biggest reasons why people don’t get started in the first place.
Because we have to start asking questions that we fear knowing the answer to.
I know. I’ve done it myself!
And I’ve survived. I’ve walked the planks of the fear that comes with branching out on your own and I’ve experienced that raw and vulnerable feeling that only happens when you start stepping out of the comfort zone.
Let me tell you that it’s the best thing I could have done. On so many levels. And you will start finding the answers that you had all along. They were just a little bit buried.
Of course, there will be many other things running through your mind too.
Like a feeling of lack because you aren’t an expert in every area, budget constraints and concerns about what other people may think.
You may feel like ‘people like me don’t do things like this’. Because you’ve come from humble roots and grown up in a ‘play safe’ environment and it somehow feels that this is just too big.
It isn’t, by the way...
Or you may feel a bit lonely because you always have to do things by yourself. You’re not complaining, I know. But being an entrepreneur does means doing things alone. That’s something we don’t always realise when we set out.
And with the best intentions, people may suggest that you get yourself a proper job or a little job in a school to work around the kids.
And you falter a little bit because you’ve spent ages battling this stuff in your head already. Sound familiar?
You just need to remind yourself of why you are doing this and the rest will flow from there.
Because when you take stock and look around at what you could have still been doing, that's when you realise how far you have come. The things you have that you didn't before, the choices, the opportunities and the time well spent doing what you love.
And you are making the best of what you have with all that you have.
My name is Nicky Kentisbeer and I am a Small Business and Personal Growth Coach.
I work with women like you who are ready and committed to take action towards achieving your goals. Women that are ready to ditch the inner critic and the negative rhetoric that prevents them from moving forward with their business and personal development.
I coach women on a 1:1 coaching basis to support them with their small business and/or personal growth. These sessions can take place face to face, on the telephone or via Skype. You can find out more about how to work with me here.
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