This is the eleventh in a series of 16 posts. If you are just joining in, read this post first. It will give you the whole back story about how this series came about. If you’ve missed any, this link will take you to the ones I’ve already published.
Up to this point, I have reached out mostly to people who are entrepreneurs themselves. People who have written books, built businesses, and tackled large challenges. Today’s guest is a bit different. While Andrew Warner is certainly a very successful entreprenuer, there is one aspect of what he does that makes him different. He spends most of his time interviewing and sharing the stories of other entrepreneurs on his popular site, Mixergy.
His interviews are informative and helpful no matter what business you are in or what stage you are at. So I reached out to him, not only because of what he has learned from his personal experiences, but also because I thought his countless interactions with other entrepreneurs would add additional layers to his perspective on what it takes to be successful. I was right.
I emailed Andrew with this question:
“As I stare into the unknown and embark on a new journey, one filled with potential, uncertainty, and the chance to create something meaningful, what is the one piece of advice you’d be willing to share?”
This was his reply:
Your feelings of fear and uncertainty are only part of what you’re feeling.
If you were honest with yourself, I think you’ll agree that you’re also feeling hopeful, excited, eager, etc.
The problem is that your negative mind is constantly making lists of what could go wrong. So, the solution is to let your true mind also make lists. My suggestion is that every day you make a list of 10 things you’re looking forward to in this new life. I would even write the list down so it’ll be more real.
It’s easy and natural to focus on the negative emotions when you are in unfamiliar territory. It’s not about ignoring them or pretending they don’t exist, but you have to take time to acknowledge the positive. No matter how small. Negative emotions eventually slow you down, maybe even stop you. Remembering your excitment, eagerness, and hope can help fuel forward momentum.