Nothing is as confusing as starting. The process gives you some unimaginable level of constipation. Sometimes you will question yourself until you lose the confidence.
In this article I am not going to tell you about what I started and why. Rather, I will share with you a short summary of why you should dare to start. Are you procrastinating on starting something big or small? Follow me.
There are two major reasons we always feel taking the leap of faith is the wrong decision. The first is the people around us.
In my own experience I have learnt one thing. It is not always worth seeking approval from the person sitting next to you. Regardless of the relationship you share, some people are permanently on the negative side of life. If you ever share something with potential, they are quick to ask, “what if?”
Yes, what if? What if your capital is not enough? What if your idea is not foolproof? What if, what if, what if?
What if your capital is more than enough? What if your ideas are good enough for a start and can be improved? What if, what if, what if?
I know you get it, but for the benefit of doubt, here goes. For every negative comment, think of its positive counter thought. If anything can go wrong, something can make it right as well.
What you need is not a skeptical audience. Instead, surround yourself with a support system. If they have negative sentiments, they should at least have better alternatives.
Pause and skip.
Here is the second, your own thoughts. What you tell yourself could be toxic as well. It happens that your dreams are similar to those of a successful individual or group. However, where you stand right now is worlds apart from where they stood in their beginning(s).
A popular mistake is the juxtaposition of yourself and them back then. These are the thoughts that flood your mind, “but my background is not as strong as theirs, I do not have connections like they did, they had better exposure…”
Does that stop you from dreaming? If you can dream, you can obviously put it into reality. The first step is to believe in yourself and dare to start. There are two possibilities.
The first is that you could succeed despite all the negative energy. You may have everything you need, but just something small keeps holding you back. If so, kudos to you then.
The second is that you may start and truly fail. Failing does not mean you are not capable of achieving something. Rather, it should be a learning opportunity. Grasp all the lessons you can harvest from your mistakes.
Either way, both are possible only when you dare to start. Like the wisdom of the old, “a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.”