by Sandra Nettles-Lechebo, MS, CEAP SN-L Consulting
How I discovered and unleash my entrepreneurial spirit?
I don’t believe that the ‘inner entrepreneur’ spirit manifest’s until you’ve put your heart into what you want to do (That’s when that naturally business savvy you shows up). The involvement of your heart will take you there because that’s where your potential lies. You must trust yourself, push yourself to overcome obstacles and believe in your capacity.
When times get tough, they will get tough! When financial security becomes questionable, it will surely be questioned! When you are pushed out of your comfort zone, you will be unbearably uncomfortable! When doubt creeps in, and it will; the thing that you believe in your heart is going to be the thing that compels you to stay the course.
Discovering your inner entrepreneurial spirit is about your desire to discover your true capacity. It about listening to the deeper you (That voice inside that knows it knows); It’s knowing who you are to the core and trusting your core self. Not the ego man made self. It’s about recognizing your true authentic self. This process warrants some soul searching. I suggest you seek divine guidance regarding your desire. Find out what you are passionate about. Know your gift (what you do effortless). Trust your inner truth. Ask yourself – what makes you come alive and build your business around it. Harness the power of your inner wisdom. Don’t fear what you haven’t tried. Push past the fear of putting yourself out there in the marketplace. Be willing to fail and learn so you can come back stronger each time. Use fear to carry you further. See the fear as the voice in the back of your head that pushes you into the light. See the fear as asking you what you want and nudging you towards it.
Remember that fear does not come from God. God gives us a spirit of power, love and sound mind. When I notice fear trying to creep its ugly head in my life, I remind myself at that moment, I have separated myself from God and I get right back on track.
Your business should reflect what you are passionate about and your gift; believe that your ideas have value. Don’t listen to naysayers. Use discernment; and get wise counsel. Take risks. Step out of your comfort zone. Be confident. The way you get confidence is by doing things that you don’t have confidence in. Step out on faith. Keep your business plan simple at first and grow it over time. Stay Focused and take one step at a time. The step you are taking is the most important step at that time. Be stubborn by not don’t giving up on yourself; the stronger your desire, the better your chance of succeeding.
Next: Find out if you have the inner strength to pursue being a business owner.
Walt Disney said, “All dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them. I define courage as moving in spite of the fear. When it comes to assessing whether or not you have the inner strength, I would ask you:
- Are you courageous?
- Are you willing to invest the time and energy?
- Are you OK being out of your comfort zone?
- Do you adapt to change well?
- Have you figured out what your gift is?
- Do you know what drives and motivates you?
- Do you know what interest you and keeps your interest?
- Do you know what you have to offer to the world that is unique to you?
* If you answered yes to these questions, you are well on your way.
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