I have a dream.
I have a vision to start a membership site to support female entrepreneurs to start and grow their own businesses. A hub which will help others to reach their goals and realise their dreams.
But at the moment that’s all it is. A dream, a vision rattling round in my head. It’s no closer to becoming a reality than when I first decided it’s what I wanted to do about two years ago.
And over the past couple of weeks that has been bothering me.
Plan B Marketing is doing nicely and providing a stable foundation for me to move forward – but I feel stuck.
So I have decided to set myself a 90-day challenge.
Every day I want to take a step closer to bringing Impetus4 to life and creating the life I want.
I intend to share my journey and what I learn along the way, in the hope that it will inspire others to reach for their dreams.
What’s standing in my way?
For my Day1 Challenge I am looking at what is standing between me and my goals.
Is that brick wall blocking my way forward real or imagined?
In my case, I’m very lucky to be in control of my own destiny in so many respects. I have a stable income, I work for myself, on my own terms, I decide how I spend my time and energy. So, if something is stopping me from doing something I can’t blame it on a lack of time or opportunity, or even a fear of not making enough money.
Which probably means the reason Impetus4 remains just a dream is down to my mindset.
This is the case for everyone, whatever you are trying to achieve.
As the old saying goes, whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.
In essence, you have to believe you can before you can!
So, I know I have the skills and the passion and the knowledge and determination to create Impetus4, so what is the problem?
Of course, the answer is the same old, same old – FEAR!
My good old adversary is making his presence felt, popping his head out from around the next big dip in the rollercoaster of starting and growing a business to say hello.
Fear is obviously one of the big barriers we all face when stepping outside out comfort zones to get from where we are now to where we want to be.
The key to overcoming it is to identify it, name it, examine it and take away its power.
For me, when it comes to putting my dream of creating Impetus4 out there, it’s a fear of embarrassment and ridicule.
If I put the real me out there, in my full ambitious, driven glory, I am fearful of being ridiculed for wanting too much, for thinking so much of myself that I believe I can achieve big things.
I’m currently not moving forward with my big plan because I’m holding back on being the real me. I’m not showing up because I fear people will think I’m ridiculous.
After all, I’m just a small business owner with a small business in a small town. I fear they think I should be happy with that and just get on with it, that I should be satisfied with what I have.
But that’s actually me talking, isn’t it? Other people may think like that, they may say it behind my back or even to my face, but if they do that says more about them than it does about me, doesn’t it?
Perhaps that kind of reaction is because of their own frustrations at being confined in a comfortable box which limits their ability to achieve their dreams? Maybe they are jealous of my freedom to dream and be real and true to myself?
Or maybe I really am worrying about nothing and (even I can see this is the most likely scenario), they are too busy just going about their everyday lives, dealing with their own struggles to even care what I say or do.
It’s even possible they will be pleased for me and applaud me and wish me well. Maybe they will be rooting for me every step of the way.
Remove its power…
Whatever the case, it doesn’t really matter. It’s not about them. It’s about me and being true to what I want. It’s about me not being afraid to stand up and shout about what I want and what I want to do.
So, now I have identified and taken away the power of the fear of moving forward, I’m a step closer to making Impetus4 a reality.
There’s a long way to go, but over the next 90 days I will take baby steps to reach my goal.
I’m on a mission of self-improvement and business development to get to where I want to be.
I will continue to share my journey and hope you will join me and learn from my lessons as we go.