What If Your Career Ideas Feel Impossible?

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This is a common question. My answer is that you don’t even know it’s impossible until you explore some more. I have the kind of brain that thinks there is always a way. Even if you don’t think like that, stay with me for a moment.

I’m very practical. This isn’t about blind faith or deciding things based purely on wishful thinking. 

I don’t believe in jumping off a cliff on blind faith. However, when I see a cliff, I know now that there’s always some stairs to get down. I just have to look around for the stairs or find some help with a ladder.

I hear people all the time stopping themselves from wanting what they want because they think it’s impossible or think it will be too big of a leap for them. Even before they have checked out all the possibilities. They end up stuck in a fog of the unknown.

In essence, they are thinking the devil they know is better than the one they don’t know. Think about that. The logic is flawed. It’s just that you don’t know yet.

The Devil You Know vs. the Devil You Don’t Know

That idea to stay with the “devil you know” comes from an inner fear voice that wants to stop you from trying anything new. It thinks it is keeping you safe. But it is just keeping you small… and unsatisfied.

Feeling stuck between staying or going, like the classic cat in the doorway syndrome? It doesn’t have to be so hard.

Wavering between what you want and what you’re afraid to check out is a place we could stay stuck forever if we don’t take some conscious action.

It’s like that funny thing cats do when they cry to go outside, but when you open the door to let them out, they freeze in the doorway, wondering whether to stay or go.

We laugh at them, or even get frustrated at the cat for not going ahead with what they said they wanted. But isn’t it just like us when we stop ourselves because we’re nervous to check out what’s out there?

I know I’ve done that. Yes, no, maybe, but yes, but no…. on and on. It’s classic human stuff, not just cat stuff.

How do we get out of that doorway when the unknown feels so daunting?

I’ll explain what I’ve discovered, and what many others have discovered, about how to move past the doorway, even when it feels scary.

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Is There Room for My Business in Today’s Market?

I hear these kinds of questions a lot and feel compelled to write a post to say: YES!

Well, yes with a qualifier. I’ll give you the criteria below.

First, let me elaborate on the common ways I hear that fear expressed:

  • “Isn’t the market saturated with that?”
  • “Isn’t everyone trying to start a business right now?”
  • “Is there really room for me too?”
  • “No one is spending right now so why would they buy my services?”

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I’m Getting Off the Fence About Having a Facebook Page

It’s time for me to get off the fence about whether to have a Facebook Page for my business. I think I need to write a blog post to help me land on one side of the fence.

Perhaps by the end of writing this, I will have launched a Page that you can check out. Let’s see how it goes. I honestly don’t know yet as I write this line. Continue reading

There’s Something About Business Cards

My new business cards came today. What a birthing process that was! It feels like a momentous shift in my business.

First getting the words just right (I had multiple smart and patient people give me feedback). Then getting the design just right (Jenn is awesome and patient too!). Then choosing a printer and forking over the cash (well, the Visa). Continue reading