What Is Stopping You From Doing It?

Over the past week, I’ve come to the realization that most of us, including myself, have certain beliefs in place which prevent us from taking that first step to make our dreams come true.

We might not say the actual work “can’t” but our excuses still stop us dead, just the same. It is a word that keeps us from moving forward because we have convinced ourselves we are not willing to take the first step.

I fully admit to having my list of excuses. “I don’t have the time.” “I can’t afford the cost.” “I don’t know how to do it.” “I’ll wait till I retire when I have time and money coming in.”

Over the past week I’ve become aware I don’t have to wait. My first product does not have to be a million dollar winner. It can be something simple to learn the process of marketing, advertising, and becoming familiar with all the steps needed to launch your product.

I’ve spent my life playing it safe. I’ve never changed jobs without having a new one lined up. I’ve never moved to another place without everything in place. I have had ideas for creating other businesses but I’ve been scared to try.

Today, I listened to a speaker who said we all need to take a risk in life. We need to step outside our comfort zone and be willing to try something which is a risk.

The speaker also stated that the longer you put off doing something, the less it is likely to happen. I know from personal experience, she is right. I have that list of things to do someday but nothing ever gets done because I keep putting it off.

To help motivate myself, I took advantage of an offer for a service which will provide the steps to get me off my butt and market certain products I’ve got in mind.

I tried my first campaign. I didn’t quite get it right but I learned something about myself. Something very important. I must have the details totally ironed out before I can offer a product. I don’t do well with speculation.

I realize it is quite common to build the audience for a product before actually creating the product itself. I suspect my reluctance to sell a product before its fully developed is due to the way I was raised. I also believe that once I’ve actually launched and started selling a product, I will be more comfortable with this market before creation idea.

Over the past few days, I have thought so much on how my product is going to be delivered and how to price it. Its like baby learning to crawl before learning to walk.

It is fine to start with small products, working your way up to larger ones. It is great to have several products being sold at once rather than relying on a single item. Its an ongoing process.

This past week has been an adventure in self discovery. It has made me more determined to get my first product out so I can start on my second idea. I am becoming more comfortable with taking risk.

I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks.