Guts means that you dare to do something that doesn’t seem to be without risk. Personally I’m not such a ‘hero’, for example I’m scared of heights. But I do believe in the value of taking risks. Think of daring to be different, having a different opinion, giving honest feedback to the CEO of your company or doing things you’ve never done before and you don’t know if you will succeed.
This poem by Emerson inspires me in this:
What helps me to show guts
Risk means possible danger and by nature it evokes fear. And doubt… shall I do this?
What can help you with your consideration are the next questions:
- What happens if I don’t take action?
- What is the worst that can happen if I do take action? And how bad will that be?
Even more powerful is having a clear vision on what you want to achieve, so clear that you not only see it very sharp but you also can feel it… like you are already there. From that experience you will do things different more easily and there is no way back.
Creating a ‘soft landing’ for yourself will help to. I was in the middle of a crisis six years ago and I felt really strong that I wanted to be a full time independent entrepreneur, then this little voice in my head spoke: “Are you really sure about this? You’re completely responsible for the family-income, so what if it doesn’t work out?”
It kept me awake for many nights until I thought: “If necessary I will work on the beach in the summer or go cleaning houses… and worst case scenario I’ll apply for a job again”. That thought was very comforting, also having some financial reserves to be able to start up the first year. And now, six years later, the financial reserves are still there, I have a cleaning lady for the house and I enjoy being served in hotels and restaurants if I’m there for business or pleasure.
How guts can contribute to more luck and success
I felt I could not do any different then making steps towards my independent entrepreneurship, even in the middle of a period of crisis. Perhaps a lot of more experienced colleagues would settle for less because it would be hard for them. I chose not to do so. And look at me now; I’m happy and successful! I earn more money then I did in my last ‘dream-job’ working for a boss. I’m happy because I’m doing the things I’m good at and they give me energy. Other people want to use my talents and they now how to find me. How? By showing guts. By being myself, and not a ‘replica’ of everyone else…, knowing what my talents are and what gives me energy. I’m focussing on this and I’m saying NO to other things. And, to be honest, even to clients… because being honest is not always nice but it takes you further.
Inspired? Where and how are you going to show guts?
Big or small steps, I’d appreciate it if you want to share your experiences with me! Call me on 06-12583916 or send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org
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