I have been a holistic health coach for almost a year now and have started my own business coaching clients, writing, and speaking. Before I started my own business, I had many excuses that held me back from getting started. Below are the most common excuses that we make when it comes to starting something new. Check in with yourself this week and see which excuse you are constantly making. How can you shift your mindset this week so that you are taking more actions instead of making more excuses?
Excuse #1: I don’t have enough time.
It is not so much about time as it is about priorities. If you want to start your own business or work on a personal project, you will have time for it if you make it a priority. Oftentimes, our time is wasted by watching TV or scrolling through social media. For two weeks, log the amount of time you spend on anything and reflect on what you can eliminate or manage better. The time is there; you just have decide what is worth it.
Excuse #2: Everyone else my age is (fill in the blank).
As millennials, we are surrounded by a plethora of life changes. Some of our friends are moving on their own for the first time while others are getting married and having children. When we are in our twenties and thirties, it is extremely easy to get caught up in what everyone else is doing and this causes us to question our own goals and aspirations. Move past this by dropping the comparison mindset and simply focusing on what makes you happy. If writing a book and speaking to audiences is what makes your heart happy, then do it! If starting a business and being your own boss is your dream, work at it every single day. Do not waste time worrying about what everyone else is doing. Do what you love and everything else will fall into place.
Excuse #3: My business or product is not perfect yet to launch.
This is the most common excuses that paralyzes us from moving forward. Nothing is going to be perfect, especially if you are just starting out as a coach and are developing a client base. You cannot be afraid of failure or become paralyzed by this perfectionist attitude. As your business grows, so will you and you will continue to develop skills that will allow your business to move forward. Push past this paralysis by just doing! Stop planning, organizing, redrafting, etc., and simply book that speaking engagement or write that article for your favorite magazine. Once you start simply doing that thing you’re being called to, your business will naturally move in that direction.
It is natural to have fear when you are starting something of your own but I encourage you to push past any fears you have. Your life is meant to be lived with purpose and passion. What is your passion and how can you contribute this passion to a world in need of love and peace?
With love and peace,