We've all had the same thought many times before: "Wouldn't it be great if I tried X?" Well, chances are that you never actually did. Whether it's starting your own business, saying "hi" to the cute guy/girl at the end of the hall, asking to join a committee at work, or just reading more — you can always think of something you should be doing. But for a multitude of reasons, we don't (I know I'm guilty of this). If the results you want aren't happening, try something else. Tell your friends, family, and customers what you're doing so they can help and support you on this new journey. Don't wait to be picked or chosen; pick yourself! Be prepared to answer these questions from others such as why and how long ago did you do it? Follow your dreams and get started now!
Try something new - it might just work!
Now that you've got a few tips under your belt, your next step should be to try something new. When it comes to making improvements, it's never too early (or too late) to start!
Even if you don't feel confident enough to take on a huge project right now, we've got some encouraging news: there are plenty of small steps you can take today that will lead you toward your goal.
- Try something challenging. If nothing seems hard or scary for you at the moment, think about what skills or qualities would be useful in achieving your goal and cultivate them. For instance, if you want to start a business but aren't sure how, get used to thinking like an entrepreneur by practicing different strategies for solving problems, evaluating the way things are currently being done and looking for ways they could be done better.
- Experiment with different approaches until one works for you. If one method or approach doesn't work for you after trying it for a while, give yourself permission to try something else! It may not seem like much progress is being made when no improvement is happening (or even when things are getting worse), but every time we try something new we learn something about ourselves and what does and doesn't work—so keep at it!
If the results you want aren't happening, try something else
Experiment. Try new things. Keep learning and improving your craft. Ask questions of other people who are where you want to be. And above all, keep going, even though it might be hard at times. If you do these things, I guarantee that someday you'll look around and realize that things have changed for the better—and yes, it's probably because of your effort (but also partly because of luck). Don't give up!
So what are you waiting for? Get out there and get started on your journey!
Tell your friends, family, and customers what you're doing
You have a great idea for the next big thing. It's going to revolutionize the world and make you a billionaire.
It's time to start your business, but where do you begin? What are some of the first steps you can take as an entrepreneur?
In this guide, we'll walk you through how to bring your idea from concept to reality in six easy steps. The first of these is to tell everyone about your amazing innovation! Who wouldn't want that?
As with all things in life, it's important to set goals and expectations before you get started. This can help keep yourself on track during the startup phase, when everything may feel overwhelming or like it's not moving fast enough. We recommend taking some time at this point to brainstorm your definition of success: What does a successful business look like for you? How much money would be a reasonable goal for sales in your first year? Defining these things will be helpful later as well—you may find yourself returning here every so often to reflect on whether or not your business is progressing toward its goals.
When you do, tell them how they can help
Once you identify what it is you need to feel better, a good way to take action is by telling the people who care about you. This can be as simple as saying, "Hey, do you have any recommendations for books that explore the realities of aging?" Or "What are some activities I can try this weekend that I might enjoy?" Or "Do you have any feedback on these paintings I did? Do they look like something a real artist would come up with?" Or "I think my grandma's going to die soon and it's really hard for me to think about. Could we just sit here in silence for a little bit?"
This may feel uncomfortable at first, but trust me: asking for help (and even just encouragement) is worth it. You'll feel more supported, which will help ease your stressors and let you get back to enjoying life again.
Don't wait to be picked or chosen; pick yourself
- Don't wait to be picked or chosen. Pick yourself.
- Don't wait for an invitation, for a sign from the universe, for an email, for some money in your bank account, for someone else's permission or approval. Pick yourself.
- Do something today—even if it's small—and become self-reliant and self-sustaining. Pick yourself.
Follow your dreams and get started now
According to psychology research, two key factors influence our chances of achieving our dreams: having a strong desire to achieve something and believing we can achieve it. When you are all-in on your dream, you are committed to making it happen.
And there's no need to limit yourself with “practical” aspirations; you can dream big, too. Ask yourself what is the one thing you want to do before you die? And then set that as your goal. It may be a lofty goal, but if this is something that truly matters to you, then there's no reason why you shouldn't pursue it!
Be prepared to answer these questions, even if they are not asked
In the interview, you will be asked many questions that relate to your skills and qualifications. However, because of time constraints and unanticipated circumstances, there may be some important questions that are not asked. Be prepared in advance to answer these questions:
- Who are you? You should have prepared a brief elevator pitch summarizing who you are, your experience and achievements. This is especially important when meeting someone for the first time.
- Tell me about your business/company? In one or two sentences, explain what your company does—but don’t give away any trade secrets!
- Why do you think you’re the best person for this job? This is where you can go into detail about why you believe that your skills are a good fit for the job requirements. Be ready to provide specific examples on how your expertise can contribute to the success of the position or project.
- What would people say about your strengths as an employee/colleague? It's always a good idea to plan out some positive things others have said about you before an interview but be careful not to come off as arrogant or conceited in this response (knowing how others perceive us isn't always easy).
- What would others say about something that needs improvement within yourself? Think about areas where other people (or even yourself) might want to see improvements made in your work performance and present these challenges openly by suggesting what resources/tools could be helpful to overcome those obstacles.
When you hear about an opportunity, follow up within 24 hours
Whether it's a potential customer who calls you or an opportunity to provide a service, the first thing to do is follow up within 24 hours. When you're disorganized and slow, that can be hard.
In today's marketplaces, where competition is fierce, if you don't follow up within 24 hours, somebody else will take your spot. It doesn't matter what the nature of your business is—you need to be ready to act immediately and decisively when opportunities arise.
You'll have to get rid of excuses like "I didn't remember," or "it slipped my mind." That's fine for some people in some circumstances (or at least it was fine once upon a time), but not for anybody looking to succeed in business. If you want money from others, you have to give them something they want too: their time back in the shortest amount possible.
Don't let others stop you from making your dream come true
When considering a new idea or invention, the first people you try to convince of its worth might be your family and friends. When introducing this idea to them, you might hear statements like:
- "That's never been done before."
- "It’s a bad idea."
- "You can't do it."
The best way to deal with these kinds of comments is by thinking about what kind of person made them. If they seem to be someone who is complacent with their current situation—whether that be their job or life in general—and don't have much motivation to improve their lives, then it's likely they are projecting those feelings onto you. Even if they genuinely mean well and want the best for you, remember that most of all they are looking out for themselves and their own comfortability. The uncomfortable truth here is that success and innovation often require taking risks and getting outside our comfort zone! So just keep in mind that it's always easier to tell others not to take risks than it is to take one yourself.
Don't be afraid to ask for help and don't wait too long to do it!
- Be specific about what you need help with. The only thing more difficult than asking for help is knowing what to ask for and how to ask for it. When you find yourself in a position where you need help, think about what exactly the problem is that you're facing and then break it down into smaller parts. If your issue concerns a certain school subject, consider asking your teacher if they can give you some extra one-on-one time after class or during lunch. If the problem is something that's going on at home, talk to your parents or trusted adult about what's bothering you and be prepared to answer questions so that they can understand how best to help you.
Don't wait too long to get help! Sometimes we'll find ourselves struggling but don't want to ask for help because we feel ashamed or embarrassed by our situation; other times, we might not even realize that we need help because we're not fully aware of the consequences of our actions until it's too late. Whatever the case may be, if there's something in your life that has been causing stress or anxiety lately, don't be afraid to reach out now before things get worse! Remember: no matter how small or insignificant an issue seems right now will never become significant later on if left unchecked."