Now, buckle up sweet buttercup because this is going to be a dose of tough love.
Tough love (n): a bit of information which may be tough or difficult to hear but is said with pure love + compassion.
"I'm just so overwhelmed with everything," she said to me. "There's just so much to do, I feel pressure to make money now and I don't know how to get it all done."
This was a conversation from a dear friend who was trying to launch her new offer while doing all the tasks of mom life and her day-to-day job. She longed to leave the 9-to-5 and focus solely on building her own business, yet she was hit with overwhelm.
Seriously, though. Can you relate at all to this feeling of overwhelm, anxiety, pressure and the unknown?
As an emergency veterinarian with little twins, the Gillies, these feelings were not foreign to me when I was just starting out as a digital entrepreneur.
Here's what I learned... lean in, it's the "tough love" part: just start.
You ever heard the question, "when is the best time to start planning for a retirement?" Well, I think the answer sort of applies here as well.
"When is the best time to start taking action on your dream? When you dreamed it and today!"
Just start. And when you are struggling about finding a place to start, let me fill you in with a few things which helped me get started on my own journey--- whether that's writing a book, creating our community, launching my services, or even completing a trail race.
When you are planning for an upcoming trip, do you just randomly pack a parka with a swimsuit, coveralls and a cocktail dress? Well, maybe, I suppose. But more than likely NOT. You are planning and packing accordingly to the goal of the trip!
And the same goes with taking action - the best way to know how to get started is to know the direction in which you are headed. Maybe you want to run a race? Maybe you want to find clients on social using reels? Maybe you want to host your own podcast?
Each one of those will have DIFFERENT action steps. So get clear on your end-goal before you start taking action! And bonus points if you set a deadline.
You just mapped out your end goal, so start taking ACTION today! And some questions may start popping up in your head:
Answers to these questions are as follows:
When you start taking action, the next steps typically will show themselves. So, don't get lost in the "how" to do something and just start showing up. Make it messy, get creative and take action now.
Support system can look like so many different things. It could be a supportive spouse or loved one... a virtual business bestie who you shoot voxers to daily! Or it may be a community either paid or free where you are able to dive into for support and accountability. Or maybe you invest in a coach to help you bust through limiting beliefs, tackle obstacles and keep you moving forward.
Whatever it looks like to YOU? Just find a support system which best suits you and your journey during this season.
The bottom line here is: How do you bust through the overwhelm + shatter the negative chatterbox in your head? Well, start taking action!
Grit + Gumption.