When I first had the idea that I wanted to pivot my business into Discovery Coaching I was thrilled! I’d finally found something that made me come alive and would help a ton of people. But I was too scared to tell a soul.
The idea rolled around (OK, more like tumbled with full force) in my head and heart for ages.
I tried to work out what it would look like.
I tried to work out what I would call it.
I tried to have everything figured out before I made my next move.
Big mistake! The more I thought about it, the more it terrified me.
The longer I waited to share it, the more I started to think “I’m not ready”, “it won’t work” or any other self-sabotaging catch phrase you want to add in there.
It was only once I started to share this idea (even though not fully formed) with others that it started to get a life of it’s own.
Rather than feed the fear that’s wrapped around your new idea you have to test them. The fear is there because it’s new and uncertain, but it won’t leave simply by thought.
Here are 3 steps you can take to release the fear around your new idea:
- Share it – Now this is a simple step but it’s often the hardest one to start with. We’re so protective of our idea that we keep it close to our hearts. Sharing it will allow it to take it’s own shape and allow you to form your true ideas around it. You can start by talking to your coach, colleague or business buddy. Sprinkle the idea into your content and see what sort of reaction it gets. (This is what I did and I’m so glad I did, the response was amazing). Share it in your Facebook Groups or other communities.
- Test it – Talk is great but you won’t get a result without putting it in action. Often a big mistake I see people make it trying to head straight to the summit of the mountain with their new idea, before it’s been tested. Start small and work your way up to the bigger vision. Test it in phases and really get to know how this new idea can work for you and your audience.
- Refine it – Each idea needs to evolve. It will never be perfect in it’s first iteration and each time it’s put out into the world it will grow and develop into it’s full potential. Give this step time and know it will all come together when it and you are ready. Also, take note of how the idea makes you feel. Do you still have the passion and energy behind the idea? If not, keep refining or be OK with letting it go.
I believe these ideas were given to you for a reason and it’s OK to sit with them for a little while. But please don’t leave it too long.
It’s only when you start to share it with others and do the work that’s needed around it that you will truly know what it’s all about.
When I finally decided to talk about how I wanted to pivot my business, more and more people stepped forward and asked for my help. New opportunities presented themselves. My idea started to bloom and form into something that wouldn’t have been possible in my mind alone.
Let’s start right now. Share an idea you’ve been keeping close to your chest and give it the life it deserves.
I can’t guarantee they’ll all be success stories, but I’d rather you know for sure than waste precious energy wondering what could have been.