Bet on yourself first.

A recent article in entrepreneur.com suggests that sooner or later we are all going to have to become entrepreneurs – or at least develop an entrepreneurial spirit, even within the organisations we work for.

I like this. I like this alot. Starting a business or a project dear to your heart means you’re essentially backing yourself. You are saying I have a vision that I want to see come to life, and I’m going to take action and make it happen. You are essentially betting on yourself.

And the question is, why not? why not believe in yourself to the extent that you’ll actively pursue your dreams so that they don’t just remain dreams.

We tend to have faith in others but when it comes to ourselves we start to second guess. In coaching we encourage clients to think of what they’d say if it was their closest friend speaking to them. If your closest friend came to you with an idea they’d like to bring to life, would you say “No I really don’t think you can pull it off, you don’t have the skills or the money”? Yet these are the sorts of words that swirl around in our minds when we think of what we’d like to do with our lives.

Maybe you have had someone shut you down when you told them your plans (I know I have). Know this, it was about them. It wasn’t about you. Unfortunately it is threatening for some people when they see someone living their dream (or actively taking steps to make it happen) because it forces them to think about whether they are living theirs.

When you see someone actually make it happen, your excuses no longer hold water.

So:

  1. Whatever you want to achieve, now is the time to take action.
  2. If you don’t bet on yourself, who will? No one will force you to act.
  3. Inaction is a form of action, and you will get results – they’ll just be the same results you always get.
  4. You have innate abilities plus skills you’ve acquired along the way. Combine the two and make something happen!

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