“Take the Next Step”
Being an entrepreneur is scary. There are so many decisions to make and they can often be overwhelming. If you are anything like me, you fear the “what ifs” and the uncertainty of the future, so you just keep the status quo but still find yourself wanting more. I consider myself a recovering perfectionist, but I still fall into the “if I can’t do it perfectly, then I better not risk it” mindset on occasion. I am constantly reminding myself to just take that next step. If you find yourself stuck in the undecided right now, hopefully these tips can help you move forward.
- Do your homework. It is wise to prepare yourself before diving into something headfirst. There are so many resources available to entrepreneurs like you. If you haven’t already, visit nedpg.com for a ton of resources created by dietitians on a variety of business topics. Reach out to other entrepreneurs and bounce your ideas off them. Learn from other’s successes and failures.
- Analysis is paralysis. If you ever find yourself spending all your time on research and weighing the pros and cons, but never taking action, you are in “analysis paralysis”. When considering which direction to go with your business, set a limit on the amount of time you are going to allow yourself to do the research. If you give yourself two weeks to look into launching an online course, you should have plenty of time to decide if this is something you want to do and start making a plan to move forward. If you don’t give yourself a deadline, you will still be thinking about it a year from now.
- Take the next step. If you have done your homework and you want to move forward, but you are scared to do so – do it anyway! Now is the time to take that next step. If the project is big and seems overwhelming, then break it into smaller tasks and just do one at a time. The important thing is that your keep moving forward. You can always make adjustments along the way.