You, like most people in life, have been trained to be comfortable predicting your own future. You know that when you do the following four steps, you will achieve the results you’re after.
- You set clear expectations and goals
- You prepare yourself properly
- You pull together the resources you need
- You act!
And predictions are necessary in many circumstances. After all, you are wired to base past experiences on what you can anticipate in the future.
For example, if you want to travel from Tucson to San Diego, you map out your drive and unless there are any roadblocks, you know you will make it there just fine. You know where you’re going, why you’re going, and what you plan to do once you arrive. Then, you get your car checked to make sure it can withstand the long drive. You fill it with gas, grab some treats for the road, and you’re on your way.
These steps to get from where you predict yourself to go, to actually arriving at your destination are easy, predictable and in the vast majority of circumstances (including numerous others that are similar to this scenario) they work.
And still, the unexpected occurs and shakes up your world.
Starting your own business, which more people (especially women) are doing, is a lot like hitting the unexpected. It can be terrifying at times, incredibly rewarding at others but ultimately you are left unprepared to deal with the emotions that will hit you along the way, and without the proper resources you never knew you needed.
That’s when you end up creating a roadblock for yourself.
How do you stop this? How do you navigate through the unknown comfortably?
- Lean on people you trust who have been through similar circumstances before. Pick their brain, seek their advice, and use them to help illuminate light on how you can achieve your goals.
- Take it slow. Pause after each move and consider what you did right and where you went wrong. Consistently re-evaluate your successes and failures and learn from each of them.
- Get feedback from your potential clients on performance, or ideas.
Instead of the ‘plan, strategize and execute’ way of doing things that we are wired to do, head onto your path toward unknown territory with a ‘try, learn, build’. Find out what works and what doesn’t and move on quickly from your failures.
Stop holding yourself back and take a leap of faith into unknown territory. If you are open to try, learn and build on your ideas, you will ultimately surprise yourself with what you can accomplish.