When Everyone Else Thinks You're Crazy

by Annemarie Segaric

You finally make your decision. You're going to go for it. You're going for the dream.

*You're opening the restaurant you always dreamed of having.
*You're pursuing your passion for art and design.
*You're going freelance and finally leaving the world of 9-5.
*You're taking your "side business" and investing in it to make it your full-time business.
*You're taking a sabbatical from your "good job" and are not sure what you're going to do next.

You're excited! You want to announce it to the world. You're facing some of your biggest fears and finally going for it because...well, you just have no choice, right?

You start telling your friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues. You describe in detail what you're planning, what your dream for your life really is.

You get resistance.

"Are you kidding me? You know most small businesses fail."
"My friend tried freelancing. She couldn't make it. She's temping now."
"Why would you risk your job for something you're not sure you can make happen?"
"I'm not trying to dissuade you, Deborah, but you know you've tried so many things and can't seem to find what makes you happy. What if this is just another one of your random ideas?"
"Why are you in such a hurry? Just wait until things settle down..."

They think they are helping you. You know they're not. You start doubting yourself. That negative inner voice slips in while you weren't looking...

"Who do you think you are? What makes you think you can have such a dream life? You can't make it work. You should be happy with what you have. You don't really have what it takes to make this dream of yours come true..."


When you have a dream or goal you want to accomplish I can guarantee you two things:

1. Others will doubt you.
2. You faith in yourself will be tested.

Many people will not get what you're doing. They won't understand what you're trying to achieve. Stop trying to convince them your ideas are worthy. What's more important is that YOU KNOW for yourself that your ideas are worthy.

For your dream business and life to happen you must believe in yourself no matter what others think. You must look inward and listen to what your intuition is saying. When you're not coming from a place of fear and self-doubt, how do you feel about living your life's passion? Is this what you were put on this earth to do? Get it?

Know without a shadow of a doubt that you WILL succeed. You WILL make it. You could have everyone standing on your side cheering you on but if you're not 110% positive that you can achieve your desires, you will not make it. The one requirement necessary for success above all else is that YOU believe in yourself.

Today's Action Guide

When others start doubting you or your own insecurities start creeping in stop what you're doing and:

1. Get a clear picture in your mind's eye of what you are working towards. Visualize yourself having already succeeded.
2. Feel the feelings of what it's like to be a success.
3. Repeat.

See and feel your success as if it has already happened. Do this over and over and over and over again. Others may think you're crazy but it won't matter anymore. You'll know you're doing the right thing for you!

Annemarie is a nationally respected career transformation expert, motivational speaker, and author who shows people how to leave their jobs and live their life's purpose. Ready to figure out your life's purpose so you can leave your regular job and be your own boss? Visit www.leaveyourjobandliveyourlife.com to learn the 9 secrets to breaking out of your corporate job and doing what you love. Copyright© 2009 Annemarie Segaric, Segaric Coaching, Inc.

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