How many times along your journey have you felt like, I really want to do that, but I don't feel like I'm ready yet. Or maybe there's part of you that says, Hell yes, girl. Hell yes, guy. Let's get this moving. And then the other part of you is like, Oh, hell no. So then you end up in this mental tug-of-war when you feel like you could—but there's a whole part of you that's like this is too scary.. let's not do it yet.
I want you to take your power back by starting before you're ready. Now you're probably thinking, Oh my gosh, Laura, there are so many things I have to figure out and I need to look at this and I need to measure that.
I just want you to stop for a hot second. I want you to take a deep breath and I want you to ask yourself what is true and what is real. If you're at a turning point in your life thinking, you know what, I want to start a business, but you've made up every possible scenario in your mind as to why you can't—ask yourself, are all of these thoughts actually true? Probably not.
Or maybe you're at a different point in your life. Maybe you're thinking it's time to have kids. Is there a perfect time to have children? Absolutely freaking not. I'm going to have to change my schedule. I don't know how we're going to balance these things. It's going to cost more money. How are we going to do the normal things we do on a regular basis?
You see, right when we're on the edge of doing something we know we feel called to do—whether that's starting a business, having children, trying a hobby, hiring an employee, etc.—right when we're on the cusp of doing them, guess who loves to come knocking at your door? Self-doubt.
Look, you can always read more business books or listen to one more podcast or take one more class or do a little bit more research to convince yourself that you're ready and you know what? As soon as you do those things, you're going to find one more thing to do because self-doubt is preventing you from actually taking the first step to do the thing in the first place.
You can use your gut and your risk-taking abilities to make these decisions and I really want you to focus on where you are feeling these feelings in your body. I love the concept of bricks or butterflies to make decisions on whatever it is I'm doing. So if you're having a very light, airy, higher in your stomach feeling—that's what I would consider butterflies. That's an uneasy feeling of excitement and fear all mixed into one cocktail. That's a great greenlight. Keep going because you're in the right direction.
Whereas if you feel a very deep stinging, lower in your stomach feelings, something that just makes you feel like something's not quite right—I want you to stop, turn around, reevaluate, and do whatever else you need to do to figure out.
The best way to take your power back is to just simply take the first step. Just do something. One thing. You don't have to conquer the entire situation in a day. You don't have to have all the answers. You don't have to talk to everybody and their mother about what you're doing. I just need you to take one step because then tomorrow or the next day, you could take one more step and the week after that you could take another. And before you know it—you've built momentum.
The secret is: No one's really ready. The only difference is some people push through and do it anyway.
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