You aren't alone in feeling overwhelmed, burnt out, and stuck in place.
Even though we don't talk about it, everyone feels the same way sometimes. You're making big decisions and leaping into the unknown.
It's totally okay to be freaking out. Just don't let it stop you.
Whether you're trying to go into business for yourself, transitioning into a new career, or searching for a job, you know how scared and alone you feel through those times.
Any time you're starting something new, there are going to be tasks that you know you have to do, but are dreading because they are so important. It's not that you don't want to get your business set up, launch that new online course, or go to that career fair. You do! You know that it's what needs to happen to keep you moving forward towards your bigger goals, but you are scared to start because you never know what's going to happen.
You will never know what's coming next. You just have to be as prepared as possible.
You know that feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you even think about starting THAT THING? You know the one: it's hanging over your head, just waiting for you to try and ready to laugh when you fail. It's the big, scary next thing and it freaks you out. You put it off until the last minute, hoping that it will get easier (or maybe just go away). I know the feeling. I've been there more times than I can count.
I started working full time on my business in March with a few freelance clients. I was making enough to get by (with a little extra), but I knew that if I wanted to continue to grow my business and work for myself, I needed to take the next step. For me, this involved getting set up as an LLC (yay!), hiring an accountant, and setting up a business bank account.
Each and every one of these steps scared me. I would freak out before setting up a meeting, before going to the meeting, and after the meeting wondering if I'd made the right decisions.
Making it big means big decisions.
You have big dreams for your life. You want it all: the family, the career, the stability. But you're letting fear get in the way. Instead of focusing on the awesome things you want to do, your brain keeps bringing up every fearful thought you've ever had.
Am I good enough?
Will I be able to support myself and my family?
Will anyone even be interested in what I have to say?
How do I know what to do next?
Is this the right decision?
Starting something new is scary. And it's totally okay to be freaked out by how huge the thing in front of you seems. I promise, we've all been there (and likely still are). But when you look at all of those who are succeeding at what you're just hoping to do, remember that they had to start somewhere too. They once were exactly where you are right now.
Reach out, ask questions, and don't be afraid to admit that you're afraid.
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