I’ve been asked a lot about how to manage insecurity when starting and growing an online business. It can be so easy to look at others who are running massive businesses and think, “that will never be me.” Today, I’ll show you how to deal with this insecurity and focus on your own game.
If you struggle with comparing yourself to others, this video is for you.
Jon Acuff tried to tell me in Quitter not to quit. I laughed.
He tried to tell me to practice my dream and use my day job as a platform for my dream job. I laughed.
How about I just skip to the part where I do my dream job? How about I just do what I want, when I want?
It’s important to start, but success is always found in the finish.
You’ve heard the expression “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” That is true, but there are approximately 2,154,999 more steps to go (seriously, I did the research…it’s more if you are shorter, less if you are taller). And those steps are just as meaningful.
With that in mind, I asked Dan Erickson to share with us how to be a finisher.
Dan teaches public speaking, mass media, and feature writing courses at a college in the Pacific Northwest. He blogs about writing and writing as a form of therapy at http://www.danerickson.net. He writes songs, poetry and has written two books, A Train Called Forgiveness and At the Crossing of Justice and Mercy. He’s also an on-again/off-again runner like myself.
Your internal voices are usually lies.
WARNING: Most of the following is an excerpt from my personal journal and might make you think I am crazy. I can live with that.
Jon Acuff writes in his book Start about his counselor, Al Andrews, who asked him:
What do your voices tell you?
Al states that:
No one has a positive voice.
Well that is a comforting thought.
Start today. Start where you are. Start on what matters to you.
Those were my marching orders after reading Jon Acuff’s new book, Start. (You can read a full review of Start here)
I’m running a half-marathon later this year. My goal time is 2:08:00. For me, that is fast. About 1:00 per mile faster than I ran a 10k last fall. It’s going to be hard to accomplish that.
As soon as I committed to running, my thoughts drifted to:
“What if I finish last?”
“What if I don’t finish at all?”
“What if my training is disrupted by sickness, work, or…life?”
Then it occurred to me…what if all of those things happen?
Let’s say I get sick and miss two weeks of training. As a result, I begin race day having only run 11 miles on my best day. At the 11-mile mark, I have to stop and walk for a minute. Then I keep going…slowly. I finish last. I miss my goal by thirty minutes.
What can you not stop doing?
That is one of the critical questions presented in Jon Acuff’s new book, Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work that Matters.
I pre-ordered the book more than a month ago and what I expected was something along the lines of, “Matt (I expected Jon to write the book personally to me), you know you’ve always wanted to _______, so what are you waiting for?”
But that’s not what I got at all. And that was disappointing at first. I assumed I was missing out on something, that I was missing my calling, and that this book would show me how to start something new and revolutionary.
But it didn’t.