In their book the ‘The Confidence Code‘, authors Katty Kay and Claire Shipman researched the actual science and art of being self assured. They researched the difference between men and women and found evidence of women’s acute lack of confidence. Women naturally tend to doubt themselves and their abilities while men, although they can doubt themselves, tend to tilt toward overconfidence. And lack of confidence for women, means lack of action. Women are more likely to not even try.
This lack of confidence means we don’t take action. But here’s the thing. You never know what will happen if you don’t try! Fear itself is a call to action… and that action is courageous! I love this quote from one my favorite movies, Princess Diaries:
“Courage is not the absence of fear but the judgment that something else is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all. For now you are traveling the road between who you think you are and who you can be.”
Our mom was a stay-at-home mom of five girls. We lived in a small town in Montana. Our dad was a full-time teacher, coach, and part-time truck driver. He was working multiple jobs just to keep our family of seven alive, which left my mom basically as a single mom to five little girls. She always had side businesses in the health field, but she knew she wanted more. She wanted to follow her dream of owning her own kitchen specialty store where she could put her passion of natural living and skill of healthy cooking living to use. But she was afraid!
There wasn’t a need or a customer base for a kitchen specialty in our small town. But after a visit to her sister’s house in Denver, CO, she knew it was the perfect location. She flexed her courage muscle, convinced my dad to quit his job, and our family of seven moved to the big city where my mom opened a kitchen specialty store. I was 9 at the time, and now I look back and am so amazed how much courage my mom had! That is a big move but my mom’s desire to be who she thought she could be, outweighed her fear! She wasn’t sure how it would turn out but she just knew she was destined for something bigger.
Our mom didn’t know whether or not it would work out and neither will you. But here’s the thing: You won’t know unless you try!
The good news is that making money doing what you love is easier than ever before. You don’t have to have a brick and mortar store like our mom, an expensive website, or start-up capital and investors to see if it will work out. You can just try. That’s it. Just try to help one person and get paid. Start small and give it a shot. Let’s say you try it for a few months and it’s just not working and you’re regretting picking that idea. So what? You can change things up as you go or try a different idea altogether. There are always options.
You are going to learn the most when you get out there and try! Today, we want you to flex your courage muscle!