Choosing to be your own boss is life-changing and, when it’s going well, you will feel on top of the world. But there will be tough times, and you may find yourself needing a confidence booster. Here at Street Fit has come up with a list of tips to help you keep going when things are looking a little less than rosy – and they are endorsed by some of life’s real winners.
1. Dare to Make Mistakes
Sometimes, being your own Street Dance Fitness boss means biting the bullet and making a decision in the face of uncertainty. Sometimes, your decision will be wrong. Take heart in the fact that to be willing to take a risk in the first place you have already shown the courage that all successful businesspeople need to have. ‘Only those who are asleep make no mistakes,’ says IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad.
2. Keep it in Perspective
Few errors of judgement are catastrophic to a business, so if you’re unsure about whether to take the plunge or not, take a leaf out of J.K. Rowling’s book. When wondering whether to submit her first Harry Potter novel, she asked herself: ‘What’s the worse that can happen? They’ve turned me down; big deal.’
3. Thrive on Challenge
Things won’t always be plain sailing, and if you find yourself fighting against the current, remind yourself of Henry Ford’s words of wisdom: ‘When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”
4. Don’t Believe the Critics
There’s a big difference between those who give you cautious words of advice, and those who do everything they can to stifle your ambition. ‘All my life people have said that I wasn’t going to make it,’ Ted Turner said. I wonder how many of them are watching his cable channel, CNN, right now.
5. Count Your Blessings
It’s sometimes easier to notice how far you have left to go rather than being aware of how far you have come. ‘Be thankful for what you have, you will end up having more,’ Oprah Winfrey once said. ‘If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never have enough.’
6. Know No Limits
What do you want to get out of your business? Is supplementing your income with one or two dance classes really enough for you or do you secretly hanker after something even better? If you really want to follow your highest ambitions, ponder the words of cosmetic queen, the late Mary King Ash: ‘You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember you can achieve.”
7. Just Get Started
Our final tip is for those of you who are still yet to commit to a place on one of our Street Fit Instructors’ Courses. Entrepreneur James Cash Penney (yes, that was his real name!) once said: ‘It is always the start that requires the greatest effort.”
Go on; take control of your destiny today.