Building Your Confidence
No one likes to fail, yet it’s that fear of failing that can prevent us from doing the things that will improve our success. Taking a step into the unknown is always a bit scary, but don’t let worry get in your way. With some preparation and planning you can develop the confidence that will help you succeed.
As you look ahead to next year, you may be thinking about changes you want to make to your business. You might be considering targeting a better class of clientele, raising your fees, or branching out into new areas of business. Before launching yourself into a new venture, take some time to assess the situation. Have you done your research to confirm there is a market for your services? When you weigh the expense of funding the venture against the potential for better profits, do the numbers make sense?
With any new undertaking, there’s always a learning curve. Conduct an honest self-assessment and skills inventory. In regards to the new venture, what are your strengths? What are areas that are new to you or need improvement? They might be business skills, interpersonal skills, time management or organizational skills, or maybe even design skills. Keep in mind that a lack of skill is not the same as a lack of ability. Skills can be learned and honed over time.
Get some help or instruction to shore up weaker areas. Friends or business associates often are happy to share lessons learned. Resources abound on the internet and at your local library. Once you’ve identified the skills you want to work on, set up a training plan. Be practical, pace yourself, and have patience. Developing a new skill takes repeated practice. The rewards will come later when you experience the results.
Follow the same process with the members of your team. Expecting them to perform in new ways without the necessary skills or resources is just setting them up for failure and you for disappointment. Share some of your new-found confidence with them, and they will respond in ways that will amaze you.
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