Hands up if one of the following reasons held you back from starting something or has held you back from striving for more — fear of failure, fear of not being good enough, fear of not having enough, fear of the unknown — even fear of success.
At some point, we all start to feel like we don’t know enough and fear not being able to get the ball rolling or take our journey to the next level. But there’s a big difference between people who recognise where they need to focus for personal/professional development and those who try to control/learn/do/be it all, striving for perfection.
For years, I was the latter. As a full-time beauty blogger, I tried to do the whole process myself — including taking and editing all the photos when hiring a photographer would have been a far better investment of my time, energy and money. As a marketing business owner, I tried to do everything from my branding to admin to content creation to client work — meaning I had to learn new skills in so many different areas, depleting my resources to do a couple of things really well. As a teaching assistant, I tried to lead rather than shadow with the students despite how much I could have learned by taking a step back. As a horse rider, I entered every competition with a horse who just wasn’t ready instead of being patient.
The reality is that we all have some sort of resource gap in our lives (and businesses). Whether it’s skills or knowledge we’re lacking or availability and money, now is the time to start accepting that we don’t have to do it all alone, even with a tiny budget, limited time on our hands and a whole lot of fears. Once you’ve got started and laid the foundations, you need to regularly take an honest look at what you’re wanting to achieve and your capacity to fulfil not only the ultimate vision, but the day-to-day needs of it.
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