Celebrate the small steps, they soon become a huge leap!
For the last 12 years I have worked for others. Had a regular salary, which was a comfort blanket. Knowing every month I was going to get this guaranteed amount of money. But I was not happy, constantly feeling like I was meant for bigger things.
Then I started to think about where I wanted to be, the end goal. I was still excited. But fear started to seep in. All I could see was the dream, and I had no idea how to get there. I had no plan! My mind then started to make all the excuses not to pursue this dream. I didn’t have enough money, I didn’t have the right connections, everything I wanted to do needed money and a lot of it. I had no idea how to get to where I wanted to be.
Then I found Escape the City, and the Start up Tribe. A 3 month part time course about everything I needed to know about starting a business. Check out my blog about my time on the course.
One of the things that struck me was celebrating the small steps. Now this may seem obvious, but to me it was a revelation. I have become great at setting goals now and achieving them. I’ve looked back and seen that they have lead to a huge leap. Never forget those steps, celebrate them. Look back and recognise how far you have come.
I have also learnt to not be hard on myself. I used to kick myself if I got overwhelmed with life and didn’t reach my goal. I thank my group mentor Rob Symington, his mantra “Be Kind to yourself” has stuck with me. If I don’t reach my goal, it’s not the end of the world. Reassess, set new goals and move on.
One last thing that I really value is accountability. Tell someone what you’re going to do and check in with them. If you haven’t done what you said you was going to do, they can challenge and guide you. This was a brilliant tool used in the tribe, and a few of us still check in regularly.
Don’t be afraid to share what you are working on. Most of the world doesn’t care. Don’t be afraid of people stealing your idea. Most people can’t be bothered to do what you’re doing. How many people do you know who have a ‘great idea’ but have taken no action? You are the one doing the work and are 100% ahead of the people with an idea!
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