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Maybe you’re holding on to a fear of failure or regret from the past. Maybe it’s a fear of the unknown. Maybe it’s a bad relationship you can’t bring yourself to walk away from. Whatever it is, everybody has a thing or two they would benefit from letting go of. Especially if you want to be a successful entrepreneur, the ability on how to move on and let go is directly related to your future success.
When we refuse to let go, we let ourselves get stranded in the past. Letting go lets you begin imagining a better future. How might your life change if you let go of your demons and chased a dream? The world is your oyster, and by refusing to let go, you severely limit yourself. Dare to imagine. Dare to dream.
2. Push Past Your Fears
Work to quiet the little voice inside yourself that tries to convince you: “It’s too late”; “I can’t afford it”; “I don’t have the skillset”; “I’m not smart enough”; or, worst of all, “I’ll do it tomorrow”. It’s human nature to succumb to our inner fears and trepidations. To be successful, however, you must learn to push past them.
3. Cut the Excuses
“Just cut your excuses!” Chances are, you heard something like this from your mother countless times as a kid after you screwed up. But, it bears repeating here. Excuses only serve to hold you back. Rest assured, whatever your excuse is, it isn’t good enough in the hustle and bustle of the business world. The first step to letting go is to let go of your excuses.
4. Leave Failure in the Past
Failures happen. Don’t allow yourself to linger on them for too long. Don’t get me wrong, it is crucially important to learn from your failures. But, there is a difference between learning from your mistakes, and letting them fester. Accept that failure happens, use it to your advantage, and move on.
Do you really, really want your business idea to succeed? Of course, you do. But sometimes entrepreneurs get stuck, frozen in their tracks and afraid to take chances. If you want to succeed as a modern-day entrepreneur, you’ve got to try new ideas, take a few chances and think of your future from a whole new perspective.
By Scott Duffy
Maybe you’re holding on to a fear of failure or a regret from the past. Maybe it’s a fear of the unknown. Maybe it’s a dead-end job you can’t bring yourself to walk away from, a bad relationship, destructive habits, or the wrong kind of friends. Got anything you want to add to the list? Ultimately, if you want to be a successful entrepreneur, this thinking will just lead to failure and frustration. Here are 4 strategies to help you let go and drive your business success:
The quickest way to stop holding yourself back is to stop the excuses, quit holding yourself back. Stop focusing on reasons and start focusing on results. Beethoven went deaf, but among his late-in-life works is some of the greatest music man has ever heard. Milton was blind, but he wrote literature that will be read until the end of time. Whatever your excuse is, it isn’t good enough. The first step I want you to take is to let go of all your excuses. Simply step away and get on with it.
We all have our reasons for not getting started. Some of us are poised to jump right into entrepreneurship, but others, most of us, feel hesitant to take the leap. As a result, you create excuses and put up roadblocks for yourself. If any of these sound familiar, you need to quiet the voice inside yourself that is mouthing these mantras: It’s too late; I can’t afford it; the project’s too big; I don’t know the right people; I didn’t go to the right school, or the most common reason, I’ll start tomorrow.
Unfortunately, our fears, combined with the crazy stories we tell ourselves about why we can’t succeed, keep us from getting started.
Don’t dwell on your failures, embrace them and then let them go. Put yourself out there—cold-calling, selling door to door, and learning how not to take rejection or failure personally. Failing is an integral part of being an entrepreneur. Accept it, use it to your advantage, and move on.
What would happen if you decided to let go? How would your life change if you really decided to go for it? What would happen if you made your biggest dreams come true? Would you spend more time with your family? Would you pick up a hobby? Would you buy a new home? Would you travel around the world and check items off your bucket list? Would you create a charitable organization that gave back to others?
The only thing keeping you from achieving everything you want in your life is the crazy story you’ve made up about why you can’t have it. Now is the time to seize your opportunity and create the life you deserve.