Anytime you do anything in life, you’re going to have to take a first step. I did that last fall when I pivoted this business to focus on helping business owners use content marketing and their own books to build their brand.
It’s scary to change. It’s uncomfortable—yet the rewards can be huge. It’s best if you have a light saber to wave wildly in the air. If you don’t, no need to despair.
When I pivoted my business, I thought I’d be happy if I could just help someone think and write better. That I’d be happy if I could just work collaboratively with clients so that we both learned more and became better at what we do.
Then, it happened.
After working together for months on a book, a client wrote me this:
“I’m delighted to be working with you on my book and am inspired by the editing experience. It’s delightful to work with such a thoughtful and substantive thinker. It not only makes the process enjoyable, but it’s pushing me to think better, write better and to learn more—and that experience for me is priceless!”
—Hamid Ghanadan, President, The Linus Group
When I read this in my email, I was in shock at how he wrote was exactly what I had set out to do. I’d actually done what I meant to do. Not only that but the client noticed and thanked me for it!
Along those same lines, I took the first steps to radically change what I eat in an effort to improve my health in late 2014. I had done this before and it didn’t work. I didn’t give up. Instead, I waited until scientists and nutrition bloggers learned more and became smarter. Then, I threw everything I had at the problem and addressed every aspect of my life, including sleep, exercise, relationships and meditation. I threw my light saber into the air and yelled, “I will not quit!” (No one was hurt during this light saber incident.)
I did say “no” to certain activities. I quit some volunteer work to rest and figure out my health. It worked. After 18 months, I can happily say I’m healthier now than before and that my business is chugging along in the right direction.
What is it you’ve been holding back on? What do you want to do today? This month? This year? Start on it!