Are you in the habit of making excuses? Psychologists say making excuses is a behavior that hurts our performance and motivation. In short, it’s a distraction that prevents us from achieving a task or an ultimate goal, like owning a business.
One of my favorite motivational quotes comes from author Tim Ferriss, who said, “The stars will never align, and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. The universe doesn’t conspire against you, but it doesn’t go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect. ‘Someday’ is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it’s important to you and you want to do it ‘eventually,’ just do it and correct course along the way.”
Have you been dreaming of owning your own business? Are your excuses, or what I’ve heard referred to as “entrepreneurial baggage,” holding you back from your dreams?
I’m hear to tell you that you can – and will – be able to overcome the fears holding you back.
If you’re afraid of quitting your 9-to-5 and losing the stability of your job, then prepare ahead and make a plan. I know it’s scary, but if you don’t believe in yourself why would anyone else? There are several hundred opportunities in the franchise space that are “semi-passive”. Yes, you’ll need to commit some hours to this, but no one is saying you need to completely stop doing what you’re doing and give up your stable job to own a franchise – especially in franchising, this is most likely done more often than you realize.
If you’re afraid of not having enough capital to start your venture, start saving as much money as you can. That might include downsizing and doing a budget overhaul. Also, let’s talk. I have access to several financing professionals who work with people from where they’re at – some with little liquid, and others with 100s of thousands that need to protect their wealth, too. How do you know if it’s feasible, if you don’t get educated by a professional?
If you’re dream is on hold while waiting for a whole host of “waiting for fill-in-the-blank,” there is no perfect time to jump in and start a business. The longer you wait, the fewer years you have to work toward success. Work entrepreneurship into your life, not around it.
If you’re scared of failure, make sure you have a backup plan in place. Learn from your mistakes and try again.
Remember, excuses are simply a reason to fail. If becoming a business owner is important to you, you’ll find a way to do it. And I’m here to help!