Being scared when facing something new is totally understandable. And logical. And reasonable. But sometimes if we let our minds rule our entire life, we're never going to try anything new. Besides, we'll be dying of boredom. Imagine your life 50 years down the road doing exactly the same thing you're doing today! No way. So change is inevitable, though most of us have a hard time coping with change.
Here you’ll find nine tips I came up with to help myself in the future when dealing with the challenge of trying something new in my life. I hope you find them useful too!
1. Don’t care about what others will say.
Your own opinion is what really counts. I like to call it "your own mirror test," and it's pretty simple: What does your mirror tells you? I know, the mirror is just... you! I understand we all take other people’s opinions seriously. But when trying something new, you have to trust your gut. It’s yourself who know what’s best for you. There’s a clever remark by Henry Ford. He said: “If I’d ask people what did they want, they’ve replied 'faster horses.'” Next time you find yourself listening to other people's opinion about your new project, idea, or thing you want to do, "they're replying 'faster horses.'"
2. Stop considering other alternatives.
You now have one goal in mind. No matter what specific reason, or reasons, moved you to pick that specific goal, you just did. The moment you picked that one, all the others are gone for good in your life. Don’t bring them back, ever. Do like Hernan Cortes and burn all the ships so you have no more alternatives! That'll force you into overdrive to give it 110 percent to the goal you picked. And don't look back for at least one year.
3. Don’t doubt yourself.
You know you can do it. You already have everything necessary to achieve your goal, no matter how ambitious it is. I like to say, "If your heart can dream it, your arms can build it." So you’re going to make it. Remember: The person you see in the mirror every day could be your worst enemy. Or your best ally. It’s you who make the call and who you get to see on the other side of the mirror.
4. Don’t overthink it.
Just do it, as Nike will put it. Overthinking kills more dreams than failure ever will! I like to say: “A mile of worries won’t get you as far as one inch of action.” Your goal is set, now is the time to put it to work. And you can’t overthink anything when you’re really busy doing.
5. If you don’t try, you’ll never know.
Did you know that people regret not doing the thing they wanted to do more than doing it wrong or even failing at achieving it? Pretty powerful realization. No matter how badly things eventually turn up, you're better off than not having tried it at all. And jump at it with both feet.
6. Accept the worst case scenario fully.
Embrace it. Take the power out of it by accepting it. Expect good things to come. Focus on what it will feel like once you’ve accomplished what you want. Then work backwards. What are the steps you need to take in order to achieve this experience? Break them down into micro-steps. Do one each day. Even if the initial steps involve breaking bigger steps into little ones, you will feel better about moving forward actively. Lastly, tell supportive people your plans. The more other people know about your plans, the more realistic they become! And they will probably help you achieve them as well.
7. Don’t look back.
Just keep hustling. Looking back will only bring you doubts and maybe regrets of what could've happened. Nothing has to distract you from your goal. The key to success is focus. The only way you look is forward. That’s where you want to go.
8. Don’t give up. Just adjust your plan.
As Napoleon Hill says, you have to have a perfect plan in order to gain riches, and NO plan starts off as being perfect. I remember his story about a man who struck gold, but the mine stopped producing in a short time. What he needed to do, but he didn’t, was to simply revise his plan. He was in the right spot, but digging in the wrong direction. When he lost the vein, it was only three feet away!
So, next time you feel stuck, or that you're not moving forward as fast as you'd like to, remember the man digging for gold, and don't give up, just adjust your course.
Remember: "As long as you still have a dream in your heart, you still have the chance to achieve it."
This post originally appeared on Gonzalo's blog "Inspower.co"