Starting a new business can involve having a child like look at the world and wobbling along for the first few steps. Awe and wonder are beautiful attributes that may have got lost in your previous roles. As you step out into a new venture be sensitive to enjoy the freshness of what you’re experiencing.
One of the strengths you bring to a new business is your vision. As you acknowledge the ideals, concepts and dreams that brought you to the point of pushing the ‘launch’ button, these are the rocket boosters that can send you into the stratosphere. Embrace the nerves and let them fuel your dreams.
For a child everything seems big! As we’ve all learned through growing and learning, time will bring things into perspective. Don’t be afraid of the size of your task. Take the ‘elephant’ approach to every project and take one bite at a time.
As I start to develop the ANDRYL business I make a point of doing two things to help mark a milestone or a celebration. Idea number one is to tell someone what you’ve just done. It might be a family member, friend or business advisor. That momentary announcement helps you move forward through celebration. My second approach is to remind myself by putting up notices of things that are ’done’. There’s no doubt you will have lists of things ‘to-do’ but to balance the ledger of your mind make sure you put up announcements that tell you the things that have been ticked off. Print outs, post-it notes or whiteboard headlines are all great ideas for keeping positive milestones front of mind.
Enjoy your baby steps and don’t worry the training wheels.