Some of the biggest hurdles in an entrepreneur’s journey are the internal struggles we face. There can be a never ending battle with little nagging thoughts like:
• I’m not an expert
• Other people have already done this before, and I’m not better than them
• There’s too much competition already
• My idea isn’t good enough
• It’s not perfect
• People are already giving this same thing away for free
And this can lead to other thoughts like:
• I’m not ready yet
• I don’t know “how” to sell it, produce it, get it to market
• I told a friend about it, and she told me all those things I was scared of already. It must be true.
• I can’t do this
• I should just get a ‘real job’
It’s no wonder so many businesses fail in the first year. This internal chatter can really get you down after a while. But it doesn’t have to be this way – not all of the time anyway.
This can especially be true when you’re running your business online. With so much information readily at your fingertips, it’s easy to believe it’s all been done before. It’s easy to believe there is simply too much competition. Especially when you’re immersed in the industry yourself! Every day you receive messages in your inbox from “the guru’s” in your field.
It can seem like everyone on the planet already knows about this topic.
But it’s simply not true!
In fact, just this spring I wrote to a girlfriend who is going away on a 3 month adventure in Europe. I wrote her a note in Facebook and said, “Where can I follow you? Can you point me to your blog? And is it set up to support you financially on your trip?” I was so excited for her.
And she responded, “I don’t know how to answer that. I’m not even sure I know what a blog is.”
She’s smart, well-educated and has been on Facebook for 4 years. But a blog wasn’t something she’s never needed in her life. So I gave her a quick overview and sent her big virtual hugs. I wish we’d had a chat 2 months before she left though.
I just “assumed” everyone knew about blogging, and being able to generate an income online. I was wrong. And in this case I may have been able to help a friend live a more comfortable life on her journey.
In this 5 part series I’ll be talking about 4 ways we let self doubt creep in
- Asking for advice from people who aren’t in your target market.
- That nagging voice – Doubt
- Fear of Failure
- I’m not an expert! Ha!
- 5 things you can do to move past your hurdles
(Click on the links to read the rest of this series & please share with a friend who needs to hear this today.)