In a year full of adversity, there were many, many times that I doubted what would happen and where I would end up. For anyone out there who has pursued entrepreneurship and has gone through the process of getting a business off the ground, it’s exciting and exhausting, and there are no guarantees.
Of course I was afraid, but, through it all, I never let fear consume me – instead, I let it drive me to continue putting one foot in front of the other.
That isn’t to say that the love and support from family and friends didn’t help me immensely along the way either.
When I talk to other people who are interested in starting their own business – the one message I hammer home over and over again is that you MUST figure out your worst case scenario to be at your best. You must come to peace with the worst thing that can happen.
Why? Because your “actual” worst case scenario isn’t nearly as bad as what you think it is. We’re brainwashed throughout life to think that, if we fail, it’s doomsday – that our world will come screeching to a halt and we’ll never be able to recover.
But, in reality, if you lose your job, if you make a mistake, if you don’t bring any clients in this month, what’s the worst that can happen? You move back home? You get a less-than stellar retail job to pay the bills? The bottom line? You CAN figure it out – and it’s going to be okay.
That moment of realization – that regardless of how bad things could get, things would still be okay – is what has led me to where I am today – using fear as a motivator, not an obstacle.
What moment this year served as proof that “everything is going to be okay” for you?
(And, Merry Christmas Eve to everyone!)