“One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.”
~ Maya Angelou
Sometimes I think that as solopreneurs (and wearer of nearly all the hats in our business) we forget just how many courageous things we do each and every day.
We try new products. We take new workshops and trainings. We create new products. We redesign our websites. We speak with strangers about what we do. We make investments. We share our knowledge and expertise with others. We volunteer to help others. We book the flight. We make the calls. We take that first step.
Then look at the bigger picture…your life.
What sort of courageous things have you done in your life? Left home to go to school. Asked that guy out. Got a pet. Moved in with your partner. Learned to cook. Applied for that job. Aced that interview. Left a relationship not knowing what was next. Had that beautiful baby. Started your own business.
You see, we tackle courageous feats every day. Yet we seem to focus more on our fears instead of our courage.
The next time you feel the same old fears creeping in, remind yourself of the many risky things you’ve already done and how well they’ve worked out for you in the past.
Then take action. Take that first step. Move forward.
Even if that first step turns out to be a stumble or a wrong step, any movement is better than no movement. Any action is better than inaction.
As Mike Dooley tells us in Infinite Possibilities, “As long as you want change, keep busy. Stay active. The more you do, the more opportunities life’s magic will have to reach you. Never does the day dawn that you are done.
So make a date with yourself this week and think back over all the things you’ve done and accomplished in your life – both big and small – and write them down.
I challenge you to come up with at least 25 things that you’ve done in your life that required you to take that courageous first step.
What first step are you going to take today?