Deciding on the spur of the moment (literally) to launch a small business has been a lesson like no other. I have blogged about my impatience in undertaking the journey and the severe case of “Are We There Yet?” that I am prone to. On the surface, our paths look so different but we all want pretty much the same thing- to be happy. To be happy and financially secure- even better! To be happy, to help others on the way, and to be financially secure- the best option! So I thought it would be nice if we could give each other company as we work towards our goals, however disparate they may be. For today’s first post on (long title alert!) ‘Taking the path to holistic success together, I thought I would share with you the first lesson that I have learnt from my experience so far. Here it is: It’s most important to have faith in yourself. We’ve all heard this before in some form or the other. What do I mean by it? Believe in what you are capable of and work towards learning what you don’t know yet. I am not saying that you discard sound business practice, or fly in the face of rational thinking or not weigh the pros and cons of starting something new but you have to first believe in yourself and your ideas before others can or will. I have decided that I am not going to let fear rule my decisions. If you care strongly enough about something- insert idea, program, product, anything– and know that you will regret not trying, then believe in yourself and take the first step. You don’t have to have it all figured out (I know I don’t) and no one starts with a guarantee that they will be handed everything they want but you do have to start. The old me would have wanted to wait to write this post after the magazine went viral and thousands of people had already bought it and I could write this article from the vantage point of success. But the new me has learnt that the journey is worth savoring and that small steps lead to bigger leaps. And that sharing it with others makes it even better. I would love to hear from you. Do join the conversation because there is so much we can learn from each other. If this post is popular, I would love to make it a weekly occurrence where we could share practical tips as well as support each others journey- I have a whole series planned including posts on keeping track of budgets and learning to ask people for help and I would love to share it with you here.
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