Sunday, 13 April 2014

Make it happen

Got a big idea?

Get motivated, and make it happen!

Be clear about what you want and get the facts
Firstly, make sure your idea is something achievable, realistic and not based on uncontrollable factors such as "if i was a millionaire.." or "if i win the lottery..". This doesn't mean you cant take risks and aim high. If it were easy everyone would be doing it, and you would have already done it. To make it work you've got to be prepared to do your research, accept the challenges, and go for it.
Be sure not to be naive, make sure you put the time and effort into research (making lists, talking to people and thinking everything through), your dreams not going anywhere in a hurry, so take the time to learn the pros and cons of your big idea.

More often than not, its fear that prevents us from going after our dreams. Its so easy to get stuck in the old school mind set of getting a job, paying the mortgage, supporting your family and work towards a retirement. Usually getting a job you will actually enjoy is not the highest priority on most peoples lists. Feel the fear, and do it anyway. 

Break it down
The idea of starting your own business can seem very overwhelming. Break it down into steps, no matter how small they are and start working towards your goal. 
Write down your steps with a time frame to complete them in so you can check them off. Ticking off a step gives a sense of achievement and you can look back at how far you've come if you start to feel the pressure.

Just do it. One of the hardest parts is getting motivated to get up and go for it. Its too easy to take the easy option and put it off to do something else. Your goal is not going to achieve itself, and no one else can do it for you. If you really want it, go for it.

Put yourself out there
Networking is one of the best ways to get your foot in the door. You never know who your going to meet! Don't be afraid to ask questions, most lessons are learned from personal experience, so seek out people who have been there and done that, they might be able to teach you a few tips and tricks along the way!

Accept failure
Accept that if you are taking a risk, you may also experience some failures. This is normal, and you will learn from your mistakes. Try and see the failure as feedback. Learn from your mistakes and move on, its the only way you will improve.