Why is it that when Carrie Green the founder of the successful online business
that is the Female Entrepreneur Association, called for a volunteer at her TED Talk,
everyone shuffles back in their seats, except 1 person?
It wasn’t because she had asked the audience to do something they weren’t
capable of because she didn’t tell them why it was that she needed a volunteer.
Why is the overweight person who desperately wants to join a gym,
too embarrassed to enter one?
Why is the gifted artist not selling her beautiful paintings,
when, not only would they bring feelings of joy to so many lives,
but she could also give up the 9-5 job that she dreads and create
the freedom, flexibility and space that she craves?
Well, what I’m about to tell you changed my life and allowed me to create a successful online business and I know it will help you.
I want you to think of a time where you really wanted to do something,
Now, whether you realise this or not,
it’s because of a little whisper in your mind that talked you out of it…
The same little voice that said to 99.9% of Carrie’s audience
“What is she going to get me to do?”
(When in reality all Carrie wanted to do was give the person
who volunteered twenty pounds, to show her audience how
fear can cause them to miss out on opportunities in their life)
The same little voice that said to the overweight person…
“I don’t like the way I look, what are people in the gym going to think of me?”
And the same little voice that said to the gifted artist…
“People may laugh at my work, they’re not good enough to sell”
This little voice has so much power over a human being and causes overwhelming feelings of terror, panic, and fright.
Now, you may even be unaware of this voice,
you may have carried on living by its orders and resisting
the feeling of fear for so long that you are not living the life you want.
So, the one man who did raise his hand at Carrie’s Ted talk…
Did he not have the human whisper?
Was he fearless?
Or was he one of those ‘lucky’ ones who appear to sail through life with no problems?
The man wasn’t any of those.
He was a normal human being, just like the rest of us,
except, he learned how to harness the power of his mind.
The same way the extraordinary, became extraordinary.
Stepping out of your comfort zone
Let me tell you something…
Whatever your goal, you need to step out of your comfort zone, if you want to reach it.
Short term discomfort is the price you pay to reach your goals,
and I know how damn hard this is to do, but it’s SO worth it.
“Everything you’ve ever wanted starts with a step outside your comfort zone”
– Sarah Jane
So with that, let’s look at some common ways that
uncomfortable feelings and fear can show up in the
entrepreneur’s mind and what to do about it.
“I haven’t started because I’m not ready yet”
This is a big dream killer for SO many entrepreneurs.
The fear of appearing imperfect will cause you to feel the
need to be perfect before you start your business,
thus causing you to become stuck.
“The key to success is to start before you are ready”
– Marie Forleo
You will never know all the answers, nobody does.
And if you wait until you feel ready, you will be forever waiting.
So how do you start?
The secret is in TAKING ACTION.
Now, I hear you…
“why would I take action when I feel it’s not perfect?”
Well, If you wait until something feels perfect, you will never move forward.
But if you take action and do something properly, even if it’s not perfect,
you will learn and grow, only to get better and better.
“Focus on progress, not perfection”
– Bill Phillips
Taking action is the only way to move forward with something.
Think about it…
how can you perfect something that you don’t start?
“I don’t have the time”
This is another one, of course, it’s easier to say I don’t have the time,
because it feels more comfortable to stick to what you know
instead of swapping things in your schedule for things that are uncomfortable.
If this goal is your priority,
you need to get uncomfortable and take action towards reaching it.
“Great things never come from comfort zones”
“I am not enough and I don’t have what it takes”
This is NOT a fact and it’s something which every single human feels.
But the ones who take action realise something you may not.
“You have a mind, but you are not your mind”
– Josh Pais
Here’s an example…
Let’s say you dream of running a marathon for a charity you support with every value inside of you.
And you have always wanted to run one, so so badly,
but you are not strong enough to physically run a marathon.
That’s fine, everyone starts somewhere,
but what’s the difference with you and someone who tries to train?
You have always thought “I don’t have what it takes to train”.
This one belief inside of your mind has prevented you from even trying to train.
“Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy”
– Tony Robbins
How to work around obstacles that your mind is throwing up?
Think about this for a second, lets fast forward in time…
Imagine you are 90 years old, sitting in a park,
watching all the younger people walking by…
What would you regret not pursuing when you we’re able to?
What do you wish you had made time for?
And really imagine how this would make you feel.
So, next time a whisper comes into your mind, I want you to recognise it straight away
and instead of drifting back to comfort, go towards discomfort and dance with the feelings.
Get comfortable with feeling uncomfortable by letting the discomfort sit there without taking any notice of it and carry on anyway.
Think of somebody you look up to,
someone who have achieved amazing things in their life?
I can guarantee to you, this:
They wouldn’t be there now without having gone against the whispers
in their mind and the discomfort that is fear.
They wouldn’t be there now without trying and trying again and again,
to fail and to learn, then to find another strategy and try again.
“Its all about setting out to consciously create success in your business and life every day, on purpose, no matter what”
– Carrie Green
So please never give up on your dreams and never let the fear in your brain talk you out of it.
I strongly feel everyone should be taught the power of the human mind,
so they understand what’s happening,
this will allow them to make wise decisions and create the future they want,
before its too late.
So please, share this and change someone’s life – they will thank you for it.