My buddy David J Turlington and myself very often head around the country giving motivational speeches at business seminars and answering questions from business owners and those who are interested in a career in business. I have been doing this for a few years now and occasionally I will see the same people who I saw some years ago. The one thing that always strikes me in this situation is ‘why’? The reason for this is because usually these are the people who came to me and told me that they had a great idea and they wanted to know how to execute. Worryingly, when I speak to these people again, they are yet to get things up and running.
I thought about this for some time, the reasons behind why people don’t move forward with their idea for a business and the key them that I keep coming back to is a lack of belief. For that reason I wanted to offer a few tips on how to overcome a lack of belief in your new business, and go ahead and get it off the ground.
If you have naysayers around you who do not think that you have got what it takes or that you do not have a strong enough idea for business, you need to be belligerent and ignore them. This is not always easy and the best way to work out who to ignore and who’s constructive criticism to listen to is to see how they are telling you, is it from a standpoint of jealousy or nastiness? If so then cut those people out of your life and push on regardless. If you cannot stomach the necessary criticism now, you won’t do very well when you get into business.
What are you afraid of? Sit down and make a list of all of the worst case scenarios, you will find that there are actually very few and financial failure is probably about as bad as it can get. Nobody will die if you fail at business and you life will not be over, highlight the fears that you have and tackle them head on.
If you are truly passionate about your idea and you think that it can be a success then you need to hold on to this and use it to defeat any obstacles that are in your path. Once again, write a list of the obstacles that stand in your way and that make a strategic plan as to how you will overcome each and every one of them. Many people fail to focus on what their obstacles actually are, they just have it in their mind that they exist. If you can actually detail what the things are that are standing in your way then you can own them, beat them and stop them from preventing you form believing in yourself.