I recently read a post by one of my favorite business writers on “doubt.” Coincidentally, it was something that I kept thinking of a few days before and particularly how dangerous this creeper of thoughts can be to the success of any project let alone even getting it off the ground.
Self-doubt, in my opinion, is singularly the most dangerous moment a person can experience. In the beginning, your idea sparks a bust of creatively, clarity and excitement through and through where it looks like gold, a definite must do, attainable. You get so pumped-up then after you’ve slept on it, by the middle of the afternoon the next day you’re thinking … hmm, I don’t know how the hell I am going to pull this off.
All of a sudden you’ve started to doubt yourself, the idea of owning the business of your dreams or applying for the job that’s a level up feels too risky, too far-fetched and perhaps bigger than what you can commit to right now. This is all doubt. It’s a killer and it happened to me. More times than I’d like to admit but you know what, you’ve got to remind yourself, as fast as doubt creeps into your space you’ve got to flush it out with a strong dose of reality:-
Businesses take work. Anything worth the big $$$ takes work. Great ideas take a creative process they must go through to mature and yes they’ll be ups and downs. Nothing is ever straight shooting – it’s business. It takes finessing, research, testing, collaboration and commitment. What’s even more important is that, if it means enough to you, it shouldn’t feel as easy to give up.
Once the idea of starting your own venture sinks in, it can feel overwhelming at first. You may even find yourself dealing with things you hadn’t thought of in the beginning but with the right mindset, you can bring yourself to put doubt behind you and start thinking like the entrepreneur you are meant to be, with more confidence, consciousness, and control of the situation at hand.
Strong business leaders face their challenges head-on, there will always be a decision to be made, what is important, is seeing that — you’re the decision maker and you have to develop the competency to own it by the way you look at the process as a whole.
Understanding that with risks comes the potential for the unknown, but it’s a situation with the prospect for a solution.
More than often, going back to the whiteboard will be necessary to get a broader or new perspective once things are put into motion. For me, it’s writing. I write all my ideas and processes out. A lot of the time my husband turns to me and wonder how in heaven I can draft a business plan on my iPhone. But that’s just it, it’s important to collect your thoughts, put them together so you can revisit them as needed.
The bottom line is this: once you’ve had that light bulb moment and realized you are going to do this, that it is feasible – you’ve got to commit to it. Doubt is the only thing that is unreal since you wouldn’t have given yourself enough time to grow to a firm evaluation.
We all have the power to look at an unforeseen situation as an opportunity in how a product is offered, in a sales pitch, speaking at your next conference or even to empower a team. Businesses are largely built by the opportunities they are presented, along with the attitude and reaction we pay to it.