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Taking the Road to Action

I knew I wanted to start a business for a decade, but the ideas just didn't come to me. I prayed for guidance because I am deeply spiritual, and thus the wait for guidance and the search for enlightenment began.

taking the road to action

Meanwhile, to begin thinking like a businesswoman, I created vision boards, wrote manifestation statements, and read a lot of books, one of which was "Rich Dad Poor Dad" by Robert Kiyosaki (yes), but the burning desire to start a business remained. I volunteered to see where I should start, but nothing piqued my interest, and I eventually gave up volunteering because it didn't provide the excitement I was looking for.


One summer morning


I kept thinking, of course, miracles happen, but starting a new business required action, which was where my difficulty lay. The destructive force within human nature that arises whenever we contemplate a difficult action got to me. Being in an unhappy marriage didn't help matters either. When my marriage of 30 years ended in divorce, my self-esteem plummeted. My focus had undoubtedly shifted to managing the flood of emotions such as fear, dread, anger, and rejection, not to mention financial difficulties. After five arduous years of divorce proceedings, I was finally able to consider my next steps.


One summer morning, while standing on my balcony with a cup of chai, event planning came to mind as something I enjoy doing, and I realised it was my passion for bringing out my creative side. I thought I could assist clients in planning their events. My innate desire has always been to help people regardless of who they are; I don't specialise in a specific area per se but am willing to help anyone where I can sense a deep/genuine or urgent need. I am currently assisting orphan children who have been rescued from the streets by providing them with a place to call "home." Helping knows no bounds!


The world requires your services


I was listening to a series one day that was facilitated by LY Marlow. She mentioned doing resumes in her previous roles before starting her own business. So I reached out to her, asking if she would be willing to look over my resume, still thinking I was headed for the corporate world, but she told me she doesn't do that anymore, but rather is doing a FAST program that helps women launch their businesses, and asked if I would be interested. I said yes and registered for the program without thinking (as I am an overthinker). By enrolling in the program, she assisted me in better understanding my strengths, which are organisation and planning something I took for granted Working in the corporate world for 35 years really honed those skills, but I never imagined I'd be able to start a business based on those skills.


The fact is that I took action. I would still be wondering what path to take if I hadn't done it. I realised that nothing happens unless action is taken. Motivation is generated by the action. I felt a rush of adrenaline the moment I decided to take action, and that adrenaline was enough to remind me why it is important to just dive in and tackle your to-do list.


Many people have big dreams but never get started! That was me for ten years. More women who are willing to take a chance on themselves are needed in the world. The world requires your services. So don't hold back. Take action! Even the most dreadful of action steps. Even though I took action, I must admit that fear still has a hold on me at times. Do you give up easily or do you stick to your guns? That used to be me, but not any longer because I've decided to take action. A decision you make at any time can change the course of your life for the rest of your life.


"What if?"


We frequently allow ourselves to become engrossed in a mental game of "what if?" We see successful people and assume they are where they are because they have special abilities that we do not. In reality, they are ordinary people who have decided to take action against the average person. A simple fact that we overlook.


Starting a business elicits a wide range of emotions and fears. Here are a few examples off the top of my head:

  • Fear of failure

  • Fear of uncertainty

  • Fear of not being good enough

  • Fear of making the wrong decision

  • Fear of financial losses

  • Fear of not being an expert

  • Fear of being considered crazy


We are held back by fear. We gain confidence through action, and we discover our flaws and how much stronger we are as a result of learning from them as we go. The fear you felt at the start of the process will eventually fade away as you progress step by step.


WE ARE HELD BACK BY FEAR. WE GAIN CONFIDENCE THROUGH ACTION, AND WE DISCOVER OUR FLAWS AND HOW MUCH STRONGER WE ARE AS A RESULT OF LEARNING FROM THEM AS WE GO. THE FEAR YOU FELT AT THE START OF THE PROCESS WILL EVENTUALLY FADE AWAY AS YOU PROGRESS STEP BY STEP. WE ARE HELD BACK BY FEAR. WE GAIN CONFIDENCE THROUGH ACTION, AND WE DISCOVER OUR FLAWS AND HOW MUCH STRONGER WE ARE AS A RESULT OF LEARNING FROM THEM AS WE GO. THE FEAR YOU FELT AT THE START OF THE PROCESS WILL EVENTUALLY FADE AWAY AS YOU PROGRESS STEP BY STEP.




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