Because I have a 45 minute commute, I've been listening to a lot of audiobooks. I'm currently listening to "You Are A Badass" by Jen Sincero, at the recommendation of a friend of mine who is also running her own business.
About six chapters in, I heard something that made me want to pull my car over and write it down. She talks about making incremental changes and going for that first "right-feeling step”.
You have probably heard the quote “If you want something you've never had, you must be willing to do something you've never done.” It’s logical. It’s inspiring. But some people- and I count myself among those people- need a small step rather then a giant leap. We are the ones who like to step into the pool instead of diving in to the deep end. That’s okay. It doesn’t mean that our hearts aren’t in it… we’re just taking in the water temperature, the weather, and the ratio of bathing suit to body.
Say It Simply started with a “right feeling step”. I had a number of friends ask me for help re-working their grant proposals, school assignments, and business letters. It occurred to me that these people needed help connecting themselves, their dreams, and their plans to a wider world. So, in a series of right-feeling steps, I started offering them my services. Then I started taking payment for my work. Then I convinced Lauren and Marietta that it was a good idea to join me and provide a higher level of marketing services. So far, our entire eight month story has been a series of right-feeling steps.
Think about your current “risky” situation. Did you dive in and now need help navigating the pool? Are you standing in the shallow end and need a hand going down the steps? Or are you still inside picking out your suit? What first “right-feeling step” could you take to get you in the direction you want to go? (We can help with that.)
By August 2017, Say It Simply is going to have more clients then we can balance with our full time jobs. That giant leap into is coming, and we are preparing for it. But for now, the water’s feeling pretty good on our toes.