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Are You Stalling When It’s Time To Launch?
I was speaking with a client the other day and she was feeling a bit overwhelmed by her place in life. We chatted a bit and I shared with her, that I too have had moments of doubt and definitely moments of fear around a new project. I have learned that it is important to take action right away towards your goal. It can be a small step but it must be a step in the right direction. Is analysis paralysis was doing a doozy on you? Try these 8 proven strategies to get you headed in the right direction.
- Start Where You Are
Sometimes starting a new project is ripe with anxiety about where you should be or where you could have been if you had only started sooner or younger. You begin to berate yourself and start letting the air of the tires and having a good old fashion pity party. It’s important to stop, take a deep breath and give yourself a pat on the back for beginning TODAY. Every expert once was a novice. Every time I start a new project, I have to congratulate myself every day for having the courage to do the project at all.
- Create A Clear Goal- Where do you want to go?
Marianne Williamson says, “we are more afraid of our light than our darkness.” Staying unclear about your goal means that you don’t think that you can make it. You are more brilliant than you give yourself credit for being.
Clear your goal like a GPS. You need to be clear like water. When you enter your goal into your GPS, it will take you there. Your Goal Is your GPS. Once you have your goal make a list of action steps.
If your goal is to get money on the table write down…
Goal- To get money on the table. Ask yourself these questions
- A. What small step can I take towards the goal?
- B. What can I leverage from where I am?
- C. For the highest return on investment, what is the next step?
- Take Imperfect Action
What are those actions? Do them scared.
Susan Jeffers says “Feel the fear and do it anyway!”
There has never been a performance that I have done where I didn’t want to run out the door 5 minutes before showtime. It comes with the territory. If you ever hear interviews of performers, athletes or anyone who has to get in front of a crowd on a regular basis, they will tell you about the stage fright. They still go on. They lived another day. The most famous of these is Barbara Streisand. She has touched the lives of millions. We are all so blessed because of her courage and talent.
- Lean into it
I remember having a really big performance and thinking I just can’t do it. Millions of people are going to see me on TV and I feel fat, lol. As the music started, I remember just leaning into the curtains and feeling nauseous. But with each step onto the stage, I felt less scared and more powerful and with each note, I felt better and before I knew it, I was having fun!
You will feel a little bit of discomfort. Breathe through it. Each day allow yourself to feel a little more discomfort until you feel like hey, this is no big deal, I got this.
- Fall in love with why you are different!
Know why you are the person that they should come to. Use that to position yourself. Use it in your marketing. Fall in love with you and everyone else will, too.
- Break Your Own Rules!
My rule for many years was that I needed to live in New York City in order to be successful. After living there for several years, I decided that I was tired of the cold and Southern California was more my temperament. I didn’t need to live crammed in a 1200 square foot high rise apartment to be successful. When I broke that rule, stress left my life like a hot potato!
- Simplify the Sale
Put together a sales package with great care. Package who you are and what you’ve got. People are waiting to connect with you. Do it today. Do it Now!!!
- Make Decisions based on where you want to be, not where you are right now
Decide to be your essential self. You are enough right now. You are the perfect person to begin right now. You have plenty to offer and there are people waiting anxiously to receive it.
Every step of the way, celebrate your successes. I used to be so guilty of not doing this and it nearly destroyed me. I would write a book or do a performance and dive immediately into the next one without taking a second to celebrate the accomplishment of the goal. Trust me. This will WEAR YOU OUT! Take the time, smell the roses and celebrate every success no matter how small. Have Fun!