Part of being an entrepreneur is dealing with uncomfortable situations. As you start to grow your business, you will be faced with the challenge of going outside of your comfort zone. This blog post is all about learning how to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
Push Yourself and Your Business
If you are doing the same thing over and over, then you aren’t really pushing yourself or your business. If you come from the corporate world, you may have found yourself following a set of tasks. You have your daily routine, and all seems to be in order for the day, month or year.
However, as an entrepreneur, things do change a lot. You have to run your own business, find clients and have what seems to be a never-ending to-do list. To really drive your business and stay competitive, you have to try strategies that might make you uncomfortable.
Slow and Steady
In my experience, I was very uncomfortable with filming and being on camera when I first started creating videos. I’ve been filming videos for a couple of years now, but it took me six months or so before I pushed myself to even begin recording.
I may have been uncomfortable at the beginning, but I got better every time. I improved at speaking, used upgraded equipment, and got all around better at creating the videos. Day by day, I noticed small improvements. It didn’t happen overnight, it’s a step by step process that gets you where you want to be.
Take the First Step
Networking may be something you never did in your corporate job before your entrepreneurial journey. Ease into it. Start by going to networking events, meetups, and conferences. You don’t have to dive deep into these, you just have to be there! However scary it may seem, the most important step is just showing up.
The first few events you go to you could just listen to the speaker from the back of the room, you don’t even have to talk to anyone. Then after you’re more comfortable, maybe go shake hands with the speaker afterward, offer some feedback or simply say thank you. As you ease yourself into networking you’ll find it becomes more and more natural each time you step into an event.
This is a way of training yourself. Once you get comfortable with going to these events, it gets easier every time you show up. It’s all part of being an entrepreneur and staying relevant; you will be uncomfortable in certain situations, but it’s important to always take the next step and remind yourself why you’re doing all of this in the first place.
Becoming a successful entrepreneur is not an overnight success. It takes time, practice, energy, and demands that you always put your best foot forward.
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