by Kristina Gonzalez
This is the year. You’re ready to start your own business. To get that idea off the ground…
You remember that idea, right? The one that makes you giddy at night, the one that you’ve been thinking about for awhile now.
But how do you get started?
At Team Austin, we thrive off the entrepreneurial spirit.
So much so that we encourage something called "uncomfortably growing."
You might be making a face similar to the one above, BUT the challenges you face are exciting, not a hindrance to your success.
Nick Black, Team Austin’s VP, balances running his own business, being Marketing Director for GlobeKick, and running Team Austin.
He explains it best…
“Will you give in to what’s easy? Or will you push onward, knowing those uncomfortable moments are all that stands in the way of the future you desire?”
It’s all a part of the process. Just go with it.
Step 1: Open your mind to new possibilities.
Your life is not fixed. In Jen Sincero's book, You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life, she says...
"If you're serious about changing your life, you'll find a way. If you're not, you'll find an excuse."
If you can only think of what limits you, those limitations will continue to block you from taking action.
Rather than "that's just not my thing," change it to, "That's not my thing, but I bet I can learn."
Step 2: Let yourself make mistakes.
Sometimes your ego can be your worse enemy. The potential to fail can paralyze you.
But as the saying goes - “Don’t let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.”
Mistakes are opportunities for growth. Whether that's fear of ruining your image, fear of being vulnerable, or fear of doing something wrong. Worry less about making mistakes and how others will perceive you.
Release the need to be defensive, hide, or makeup excuses. You’ll be alright.
Step 3: Surround yourself with positivity.
This step doesn't necessarily mean positive thinking equates to everything in life will be perfect. We're not talking about blind optimism.
In fact, NYU psychology professor, Gabriele Oettingen, discusses how too much positivity can be detrimental to the actual act of doing.
So go ahead and praise your grit and effort. Celebrate resilience. Then remember it's not about dreaming…
It's about doing.
Jump off the cliff. Dive headfirst into your potential.
In what ways can you start uncomfortably growing this year? How can we help?