When I started a business many years ago, I took a leap of faith.
I had only been in New Zealand a few years, no friends or family and never done what I set out to do previously. I was a fish out of water.
I had no business plan, did not conduct a market research but I was equipped with a bucket load of self-confidence and a few business papers I took at University. The space was crowded but I knew it could be better.
I was right, but it came at a price. Without thinking too much about it, I set out to make my mark. This was out of my league and comfort zone but I had a dream and a desire.
1: Be in the right frame of mind and believe
Self Confidence is a state of mind, and if you’re not in the right frame you will not be successful in anything you do.
The first lesson I learnt a few months into the business was to take rejection as an opportunity to do better and improve. Anyone that has been in a start-up phase will know and resonate with this.
Your idea is brilliant and you want to change the world. You contact a few people and they tell you it’s not that great like you had thought.
2: Practice positive thinking:
The worst and dangerous place to be is to dwell on negatives because you’re alone at that point and engulfed in your own misery.
You don’t see anything else but failure and disappointments. You question whether you will be better off getting day job and reclaim your beauty sleep.
You also lack the courage and confidence to step out of that head space due to the knock backs you’ve had.
This is a time to think positive about the good things that have come out of your experience. There are always positives but the only problem at that point is your inability to see it because of your state of mind.
Dwelling on negatives is dangerous and should not be on your to do list. Change your position so you can see things differently.
3: learn, learn, learn and apply
Knowledge is power and the more you know the better you become at what you do. It may take time but it will be well worth it in the end.
Self-learning is key to growing and honing your skill to become successful in anything you do.
Self-confidence is a tool you need to execute and deliver. Find yours and don’t be afraid to wear it like a crown.
Lastly: Do it and get support.
Many years down the line from start-up it seems like a walk in the park.
I am amazed at the road I’ve walked, the challenges of starting and managing a business, leading teams, feeling down and getting excited, successes and disappointments I’ve had and the disruption I caused to my industry at the time.
It all makes it worthwhile even though I’m not on New Zealand Business review (NBR) rich list.
Most of all I am happy I walked that path as I gained a lot and I am not thinking what could have been.
If you have a dream and a desire don’t kill and don’t wait.
Find the confidence to do it and get it out of your system. The longer you wait the less confident you become and you may never do it.
Self confidence. My definition: Believe, do it and celebrate your success and disappointments.
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