Last week, while chatting with folks who attended our webinar on Teaching Your Craft, there were two questions asked of both Lyndsey and I that stood out for me. I wanted to talk about them here as I think the two questions will resonate on some level with most of the woman reading this blog.
The questions both revolved around starting something new. The first question was about knowing when the time was right to start, and the other was about getting enough confidence to start.
The answer is in the question(s) – just to start.
But then I thought that most of you would then say out loud (you can do that on a webinar as we can’t hear you) “easy for you to say” and probably roll your eyes.
I get that whole eye rolling thing- I have done that when being given advice that seemed a bit redundant (my parents can concur on this front). So I have decided to share with you ten things that you can do that will help you begin. Even in a small way, which is better than no way. And it isn’t just for those that want to teach – it is for those that want to do anything new (that scares them a little). It could be losing weight, getting rid of a bad relationship, transitioning out of the industry you are into a new career, sorting your finances out – the list could go on and on. So here is my list of what I do/say when I have to do something new:
1. Ask yourself that if you try this new thing, what is the worst that can happen? Can you survive the worst case scenario?
2. Try a small version of what you want to do. Big is overwhelming.
3. When you decided to try this one new thing – what made you want to do it? Tap back into that emotion and write it down.
4. Find people on-line that you admire and start to follow them on Social Media. It helps you see what is possible.
5. Find that person or friend that loves everything do and tell them what you want to do.
6. They say you are the culmination of the five people you spend the most time with. So make sure your five “team players” are going to help you with your new venture – not drag you down.
7. Go walk a dog. Really. It works. Clears your head and makes it much easier to see what is important.
8. Realise that doing anything new means being uncomfortable. And then know that being uncomfortable is just a momentary feeling. You will be fine.
9. Talk a long term view as to what success is. It always takes so much longer than anyone will ever tell you to feel successful.
10. Stop reading all those top ten lists when looking for inspiration and just do it.