I have people coming to me all the time who say they want to go big and do something bold like open a franchise, start their own business or quit everything and go back to school. Often, those people get cold feet and never make any progress toward their big dreams.
I’ve been lucky enough to make some progress towards my own big dreams and the reason for that is not because I have something special that those other people don’t. We’re all capable of success and have the same 24 hours in a day to work towards that success. The secret to the success I’ve had is…get ready for it…just going for it every day! While I’m the type of person who does as much research as I can so I can make educated choices, the ultimate secret is deciding to just believe in myself and take that leap into the unknown.
The Trapeze Effect
An analogy I use is called the Trapeze Effect. It’s like you’re swinging comfortably on a trapeze and then you see the other one hanging there in front of you. The one hanging there is that opportunity just waiting to be grabbed.
If you try to cautiously let go of the trapeze you’re swinging on with one hand and use that hand to grab the other, you’re going to be stuck in between the two—the past and the future.
But if you want to be successful, you need to let go with both hands and hurl yourself toward the other one and grab on. You have to make that jump. It’s a vulnerable thing to do, but it’s the only true path to success.
Have a safety net
Whatever you do, don’t jump blindly. Make sure you do your research and look into whatever you’re considering as much as you can. That way you can make sure you have some kind of a safety net beneath you when you do decide you’re ready to make that leap and grab the other trapeze. You’ve done your research and have educated yourself enough on the opportunity to know that you can do it!
One example of this from my own life is when I decide to open a studio in a new market. I always think forward to the worst case scenario if that studio doesn’t do OK. Would I be able to sell inventory and equipment to other studios, or move the studio? How much would my actual capital loss be? I talk out the potential loss if that scenario happened, so I make sure I’m not going in totally blind. If the worst happened, I would be OK.
If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’re interested in taking a leap of your own and starting a business. If you’re scared to make the big leap and go completely on your own, starting a franchise can be a way to make a smaller leap towards that dream with the safety net of a proven model and the experience of other people who have had success to support you.
Fall down? Get back up!
No matter what your goal, making the leap is never easy. Every single time I’ve been on the road to open a new studio in a market I have never lived in before, I’m nervous on the drive. Even though it was scary, each time, I decided to believe in myself and do my best. I take that leap.
I do this because I’d much rather live my life to the fullest and fall on my face than never try at all. And trust me, I’m not perfect. I make mistakes just like everyone else. Every time I failed or made a mistake, I got back up again and tried harder. We only have one life, so we might as well make the best of it.
Just remember, truly living life and growing as a person start outside your comfort zone. If you want to be a mover and a shaker, you have to get outside your bubble. Taking the leap to get there and being successful take hard work. If you’re willing to be brave and put in that work, there’s nothing you can’t achieve.