How long did it take you to fully commit to being an entrepreneur? Did you take one giant leap, or did it take ten tiny ones before you were able to dedicate all of your efforts to your business?
I went through many steps to get to where I am today. I started my business before I got pregnant. I wanted something to do on the side. I worked on it through maternity leave and afterwards, worked in my career and my business at the same time. I obviously couldn’t manage both, so I left my great paying regular full time job for a part time job so that ‘just in case’ something went wrong I would have something to fall back on.
It wasn’t until I fully committed to entrepreneurship that doors really started to open and opportunities presented themselves. There was always a reason to not do something because I wasn’t 100% committed to the business. Now that I am, things are flourishing.
I came across a quote recently that really made a lot of sense to me. I’m not usually one for long quotes, but this one rings true for entrepreneurship.
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now. ” ~ Goethe ~
I had to read it two or three times to really let it sink in. If you’re going to expend only half your energy in starting your business, then you’re not fully committed and you’re only going to get half the results.
It’s scary to fully commit. It took me a while to make the full leap. I wish I could have fully committed sooner as I know I would have seen the results sooner and I’d be a year ahead of where I am now. But everything happens for a reason and I needed the security and I needed to build my confidence that I was making the right decision for myself and my family.
We are our worst critic. We fill our heads with self-doubt and believe things that are really not true. That little voice in our head that makes us hesitate and draw back so that we can’t let ourselves succeed can be deafening.
This quote isn’t just applicable to starting a business, but to any new idea or opportunity that presents itself.
What project are you waiting to start because you aren’t sure of the outcome? There are no guarantees in life, or business. Only calculated risks. Do your homework to make sure risks are minimal and then take the leap. Otherwise, you’ll only ever be where you are.
The preceding is a guest post from Sandra Eamor, Business Optimization Consultant at Seamor Consulting. This is a post from the YRSBiz Blogging Circle. The York Region Small Business Club helps small businesses in York Region connect online and in York Region. Their goal is to provide free or low-cost opportunities for local businesses to connect and engage with each other and ultimately to help small businesses succeed.