Do It Scared
At some point you took a risk... a leap of faith... and began your own small shop. And I'm sure there has been some point during your journey that you have been fearful. But have you ever let those fears STOP YOU from doing something new or trying something different? Are those fears holding you back from taking your business to the next level?
Fears, anxiety, trepidation... for me those go hand-in-hand with being a business owner. I am by nature an anxious person, so I have to make a very conscious effort to not let that anxiety turn into fear & impact my business. There have been several times that I put new ideas on the back burner because I was scared.... I was afraid others wouldn't like my ideas, or that I would be laughed at, or that I would lose money. Looking back though, my only regret is that I let the doubt & fear dictate my business. Now, I just do it scared.
Don't jump into anything haphazardly. But don't not jump because of fear and doubt. If you feel passionate about something, if you feel a drive in your heart for something, if you see the value in something.... THIS IS YOUR SIGN TO DO IT! You can do hard things. You are a strong woman with a drive to be successful. You have a specific reason, your why, that made you start this journey... and as long as you keep that same motivation you started with then there is nothing that can stop you!
If I need a little extra confidence when I am feeling like pulling back, there are a couple of things I do...
I lean on friends to hype me up
I post "sneak peaks" or "what do you think" ideas in my groups to get their feedback
I lean in on other small shop owners and talk through my feelings
I write down my plan and list out the pros and cons
I pray for peace (if praying isn't your thing, how about a little quiet meditation time to still your brain and give you some peace)
If you ever need a hype girl, this group will be there for you!
Don't let your fears stop you from growing... DO IT SCARED!