“You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind.” —Dale Carnegie
We’ve all heard the big stories about people who have founded groundbreaking companies outside of their day jobs—how the co-founders of Airbnb started their business out of their apartment when they couldn’t make rent, or how Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook out of his college dorm room. Although inspiring, these stories can feel too grandiose and far away to be relatable to the average person.
But what all of these success stories have in common is that someone, somewhere, started working toward a dream or goal before they knew where it would go. That’s it. There was no business plan. There were no investors. There was no market research to inform their thinking. In these cases, actionable steps and forward momentum toward a goal trumped detailed research and planning.
“Just because you don’t have it all figured out doesn’t mean you can’t move in the direction you want to go.”
Here are some things you can start doing today to build your confidence and craft an entrepreneurial mindset:
1. Identify your fears.
When those dreams pop up in your mind, do you immediately engage in negative self-talk? Identify the negative stories you’re telling yourself and change the narrative.
2. Focus on the positive.
Start watching inspiring videos, reading motivational articles and hanging around other positive people.
3. Think about smaller ways you can get started working toward your dream.
For Treadwell, this meant reducing the number of hours she worked at her day job (versus quitting altogether). You might also work outside of your normal business hours or even during your lunch break.
In short, stop planning and start moving toward your dream. What can you do to make a shift and get going?