Do you remember that moment, when after waiting for f-o-r-e-v-e-r, you finally hopped on the business-building bus?
It was like boarding a bus/boat/plane at the start of a long-anticipated vacation. You sank into your seat, buckled-up, and then took a long look around, thinking…
- Whew, I can’t believe I made it. I’m finally here. Go, me!
- Oh no, I hope I didn’t leave the iron on.
- Yikes! I wore the wrong thing. How did I miss the memo that we were supposed to wear our teal team shirts?
- What if I get motion sick?
- Wow, everyone else looks like such accomplished travelers. My goodness, they can even speak the language. I am soooooo far behind. I shouldn’t even be on this bus.
- What if they ask me to share about my previous travels? I’ve never been anywhere before. I’m going to look so lame.
- Whaaat? Look out the window! That Big Blue Bus that just passed us. They’re going to get there first. I should have booked my trip with them.
- I wonder if anyone would notice if I just hid in the bathroom at the next rest stop and then took an Uber home?
Yep… those feelings. We’ve all had them. They are actually normal and natural at the start of any new adventure. Okay, who am I kidding? They’re natural all along the way. Those doubts, those feelings are all a part of the process, and can I just say, no matter how awkward it feels, congratulations for being on the bus!
You are in the rare 1-3% of people who are going beyond talking about your dream, thinking about your dream, and dreaming about your dream. You actually carved out time, invested money, boarded the bus, and are acting on your dream.
You, my friend, are going to go far!
But as your bus begins to pull out of the station, I want to reassure you that you will have A LOT of different feelings along the way. That’s actually an important part of the journey.
Be sure to notice those feelings. Acknowledge them. Talk about them. Talk back to them, and then trust God with them as you keep. moving. forward. at God’s pace to God’s place.
As your travel guide, let me point out some of the most common feelings you’ll notice along the way. Think of them as sites on your journey. Interesting, and at times, scary. However, with God going before and with you, they don’t have to slow you down.
- Nervous Excitement: There’s often a fun, nervous energy at the beginning of any walk into the unknown. Use that shot of adrenaline for a strong start, but also see it as an invitation to cement your commitment to finishing even when the extra adrenaline is gone.
- Overload/FOMO: Whenever we’re traveling to a new place, there is soooo much to see and do, and business building is no exception. Should you be going all-in on social media, building a website, or learning how to network online?
It’s all good. And it’s okay that you are only human and can only do one. thing. at. a. time.
Travel at the pace of God’s grace in YOUR life, and don’t rush past the beauty you’ll be experiencing all along the way.
However, do keep in mind that’s it’s not more information, but more implementation, that will move you forward.
- “I’m behind” Syndrome: I guarantee it, if you don’t feel ‘behind’ now, at some point you will. We all do! As I frequently say, “life interrupts marketing.” It just does. It’s not a sign that you shouldn’t be pursuing your dream. And it certainly doesn’t mean you have to ignore the most important people in your life.
I think it’s safe to say that this journey will never fully cooperate with your ideal timeline, but that doesn’t mean you’re behind. Our God is sovereign, and you are right where you are supposed to be. Tend to what’s most important, but at the same time, don’t let those interruptions cause you to quit. Be present to each interruption, but always, always, come back. All the clients you want are on the other side of consistency!
- Imposter Syndrome: “Who am I to be sharing this? Coaching them? Presenting this information? Telling others that I can help?”
Who are you? You are the one God called. Enough said!
- Comparison Trap: It’s easy to look around and think that everyone else on the bus looks so much more accomplished, and at times, their big successes can make our wins feel small. Thankfully, it’s just the opposite. Their success is “proof of concept.” If they can make it, if they can get those clients, land that speaking gig, or make that connection – our God is not a respecter of persons. He can, and WILL, help us do that, too.
What joy to know that we can cheer others on from the bottom of our hearts, knowing that our cheer-worthy moments (no matter how large or small) will be coming soon!
Business building is a journey, not an event. It’s a process, not a project. And most importantly, it’s not something we have to do, it’s something we get to do. With God. What could be better than that? 🙌
This world has never needed what you have to offer more than it does now.
So, thank you for what you do and for being who you are. It’s a joy to be on the journey with you. This will be a G-R-E-A-T ride.
P.S. Want to go deeper? Here are some of my favorite ways to serve you:
- Learn how to partner more fully with God by identifying the exact area of your business that would benefit from strategic prayer. Take the free Prayer Quiz here: www.PrayerQuiz.com
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