Today I had the pleasure of delivering a short course to a group of people in the process of establishing their small businesses. Some already had some success with paying clients, others were at a more conceptual stage. All were incredible people, investing in themselves, and their futures. It's okay to lack confidence when setting out on a new venture. Fear of failure can be an intense barrier to progress. These guys have made the commitment and I take my hat off to them. I hope they got as much out of today as I did, developing goals and action plans to boost their confidence and their businesses.
We sometimes forget when we feel unsure about ourselves that we might be inspiring others. My favourite slide from today was this one.
What I loved today was seeing the difference that really small changes can make. Delivering your pitch standing up (even if you're on the phone) can make all the difference. What it really comes down to is doing something every day that reminds you that you're a valuable person who is on the right track. Even when you have set-backs, it's not the end of the story. Take note of all you've achieved and talk to yourself positively.
Try this simple exercise.
- Write down your three biggest worries right now.
- Apply the flow chart above.
- Write down an action you're prepared to take now on any of the worries
- Take the action
- Rip up the piece of paper with the worries on it and don't think about them again
Take a look at the list below, and remember, failure is not the opposite of success, it's a step on the journey to success.
Good luck everyone! Stay confident.