Why the beginning isn't the hardest part
This week I've been mulling over something. As you've probably seen this week I've re-launched our website and I freaking love it. It's everything I wanted it to be, right down to the sassy typeface that reminds me of a high-end glossy magazine.
The thing is, I love creativity. I mean really love it.
Years ago, when I was still in school I was forever dragging furniture around my bedroom and sneaking paint upstairs to paint my walls (the carpets paid the price for this on more than one occasion), the overpowering smell causing my parents to rocket up the stairs to see what-on-earth I was up to now. While some people fear change and new beginnings I always embraced them, I adore the newness of it all and I've found the story to be similar for a lot of the women in business I've talked to.
It's not that it's not hard at the beginning, it certainly is. Diving into the unknown, releasing an idea, your idea, to the world without any real assurances that it's going to work out can be flat-out terrifying.
If you want it, and you have to really want it, the adrenaline will carry you through this phase, and its just as well otherwise 99 out of 100 ideas wouldn't make it over the starting line.
What I've realised on my own entrepreneurial journey is that the start hasn't been the hardest part. The hardest part, by far, has been the consistency of it. That showing up for your dream every single day.
- When you don't have any paying clients yet
- When you don't receive a single email for three days straight
- When you really don't feel like it
- When you look back the days of a steady income and think 'that 200 degrees or sub-zero office cubicle no bigger than a tiny house toilet from 9-5 and the 2-hour commute wasn't so bad, was it?'
- When the initial excitement has well and truly worn off and you're wearing the same hoodie at noon that you slept in two-nights running.
Excitement and passion are two different things. Excitement is the part at the start when its all new and shiny but passion is what is going to see this thing through.
This is the time when you have to really dig in. It's when you have to call on the memory of the excitement you had at the beginning and remember your passion for why you're doing this. You have to constantly remind yourself that it is worth it, your dream is bigger than any of your doubts. It has to be. It's the only way forward.
Every. Single. Time.
Be committed to your idea because you believe in it. Belief comes before the money, the fame and the clients, belief is present long before the material manifestation of what you want. Trust this process, remember, an overnight success is never just that. Constantly choose the bigger dream over the daily drag, your time will come and when it does it will be fucking glorious because you chose it to be that way. You made it happen.
You did that.
So, when it's getting tough, when the emails aren't coming in and the clients aren't showing up do it anyway. Re-read this email and remind yourself that you have to consciously make that choice. Get to your desk, pick up that computer and just get it done, stop throwing down obstacles on an already cluttered path. The world needs what you have to offer. In return, the universe will show up for you and deliver, big time.
I'm so excited about what's in store for you, as always, I believe in you.