Have you ever dreamed of doing something, but were too scared of what might happen, so you didn’t do it?
Join the millions of other people who are scared to take risks, so they sit in the comfort of the ‘this is where I am, and this is where I’m going to remain’ life.
One week from today, I will no longer be employed. I will still be working, but not for someone else. I have wanted to expand for quite sometime now, but terrified of the risks that were involved.
Can I grow my own business from scratch?
Can I make enough money to live on?
Will it bog down the life of adventure I am trying to currently live?
So many questions swirling through my sleep deprived mind at night. But then I think about the rewards that I would receive if it went according to how I saw it happening.
I would make more money than I’m making now. I would have more freedom, I could expand my services, charge what I want to charge, be more personable with my clients.
Finally the rewards outweighed the risks and I decided that I would never know unless I just took the plunge and did it. So, with that in mind, I decided my birth month of July would be the optimum time to start my own business. As of July 1st I will start celebrating not only my birth, but the birth of my son, one of my grandsons (all in the same month, not day) AND I will be celebrating the birth of Natural Effects Massage and Skin Care in a brick and mortar building.
I say brick and mortar because I have actually had this name as a side hustle business for a few years. See this idea did not hatch over night. As I said, I have wanted to do this for a while, but I was scared of the risks. Now, at the same time as me saying this, I have worked 5 years at a job I swore I would retire from.
How can I say two different things?
Which did I really want, my own business or to retire working for someone else?
Easy, I wanted both.
As many people can probably admit too, they want the convenience of just showing up for work and being handed a paycheck, but the rewards of setting their own time, making 100% of the money they earn, etc. It is much easier to know that someone else is doing the marketing, paying the over head, supplying what you need for your business. When all you have to do is show up and leave at the end of the day. It makes work pretty convenient, notice I didn’t say easy. Some of us have back breaking jobs that we really don’t want to show up for, but it’s all we have to support us.
But so many of us long for the ability to set our own hours, make our own pay scale, plan our work environment etc. For these people working for someone else can be hard. Sitting back and watching someone else do something in a work place, that you know for a fact could be done so much better, easier, more work conducive, is probably the hardest part of being an employee. I hear it from my son all the time. He comes home complaining of his work environment and tells me there are so many ways that the company could make not only his work environment better, but the changes would benefit the company as well.
I am at that point in life where I can see the bigger picture. I have my own ideas and I want to implement them instead of complaining about what’s not being done at my place of work. The long term rewards out weigh the short term risks.
This not only relates to work, but also relationships, travel goals, weight loss, just about anything you can think of. Every new thing comes with risks. It all seems daunting and scary from a ‘thought’ point of view. But if you put it on paper and weigh the pro’s vs the con’s, you will start to see a pattern of why you should take the risk. The end result is usually, you will be much happier, healthier, financially secure, etc.
This weeks challenge is………think about that thing you have been wanting to do, but there are too many risks associated with it. Get out a pen and paper and write it down.
What is that thing?
What are the risks, and what are the rewards?
Now what would it require of you to do that thing? For me it was finding a place for my business, putting in my notice and start marketing my butt off. Yes, there is a little more to it than that, but those were/are my main steps to creating the business/life I desire to have. I say life because the main reason I am doing this is to have more time freedom to do what I want to do, which is travel more and have adventures any time I want. And yes, I understand this requires money which is part two of why I am going into business for myself. I will no longer be handing over 60% of the money I make to someone else. So my long term goal is to make 3 times as much money as I am making now to support my desires for traveling and adventure.
What do you want from that thing that your afraid to risk for?
Is it more time?
Maybe you just want more control of your work environment. Whatever it is write it down. When you see it on paper, when you have to really take it out of your head and face it, it becomes more real. You will start to understand why it’s such a strong desire in your soul.
Rewards don’t come cheap or easy. You have to take risks. You have to take steps.
Remember this….You will never get to where you want to be, until you move from where you are. This is a saying I made up years ago, and every time I find myself in a rut in life, I make this my daily mantra. It works for me like a kick in the pants. It reminds me that I am the only one holding me back from going places. You can’t stay seated on a couch when you’re hungry and home alone and just expect food to fall in your lap. In the same way, you can’t sit behind your ideas when you’re hungry for more and just expect life to fall in your lap.
This week I will be sitting up my new location, getting ready to open my doors next Monday. I will be getting prepared for whatever comes my way, knowing it isn’t going to be easy. Especially in the beginning, but knowing it will be worth it in the long run.
I wish for you a prosperous week filled with risks and rewards. Please feel free to comment below the risks you are willing to take to have what you want in life.