Running your own business is hard. I don’t care what you call it – freelancing, entrepreneurship, small business ownership. It’s just hard. When you’re alone in your office every day making every decision for your business, you sometimes get a bit too far into your own head.
Suddenly, everything is a risk. Every decision is wrong. Every word you write is stupid. “Who am *I* to tell anyone anything?” you think. And the negative self-talk becomes the only thing you hear.
What happened to that confident, world-conquering woman of last week? How did she dissolve into this quivering mass of “I can’t do it” doubt that sits at the very same desk today?
I was that quivering mess over the past few days. For me, it’s because I forced myself out of my Introvert comfort zone and into a mass social situation at a conference for five days straight.
Do NOT misunderstand me. I LOVE getting to know the amazing, talented, smart, and genuine people that I was privileged to meet last week. I sat at dinner on the last night of the conference in complete bliss at the company around me and marveled at the opportunity I had to surround myself with such genius.
As an Introvert, that comes at a price. After the conference I crashed. I slept until noon for three days straight and I just started feeling normal again. This video from Mel Robbins is what smacked my brain back into gear.
“Getting what you want is simple. But it’s not easy.”
My brain is getting in my own way. I get it, Mel. My brain was tired. What seemed so simple when I’m surrounded by my Introvert cocoon in my home office suddenly seemed like climbing a mountain. I needed to recharge instead of wallowing in the pity party my brain had created for me.
Mel says that if we don’t act within 5 seconds of having an idea – we simply won’t do it. That in order to harness the “activation energy” that helps us make change and accomplish our goals we only have 5 seconds.
That’s why I put off finishing work for a client to write this article. Because had I not acted immediately, this would have been yet another in a long line of article ideas that never became words on a page.
My hope is that this article will start a chain reaction of activation energy. Maybe my 5 seconds of action to write and post this article will prompt you to take that next idea and turn it into a reality. If it does, drop me a note because I’d love to see what you can accomplish.