It's the first question everyone asks: where do I start?
Well, if you want to be an entrepreneur but you wonder what's been holding you back, I have the perfect place to start: the mirror.
Yes, if you want to know what's holding you back in your professional life, grab a mirror, and after you get over all the admiring, notice what's between your ears. That's right, it's your head.
Everything your life is today is a direct result of what's been going on between your ears. Henry Ford said it well, "Whether you think you can, or you think you can't, you're right."
If you think your problems come from outside of your head, please move on. I can't help you. And ironically, you won't be able to help yourself. Because all change comes directly from you and the understanding that you're responsible for your life - no one else - nothing else.
Now, if you're still with me and you're willing to accept what I've written so far, good. You're on the right track - the track to a better, more fulfilling life.
Your mindset - in essence - how you think, determines outcomes. Accept this and you're on your way to being not just any entrepreneur, but a successful entrepreneur.
The next step: overcoming fear. We all have it - and for good reason. Sometimes fear saves your life. Long ago, fear served us well when we heard the growl of a hungry tiger. And unfortunately for many would-be entrepreneurs today, the fear they feel is equivalent to hearing that tiger - even though it's not a life-threatening situation. So instead of moving forward , they end up frozen with fear. Realize this to overcome any fear: the absolute worst thing that can happen is that you fail. Big deal. Get up, dust yourself off and go at it again.
And the next step: weigh the gains. The safe route is the 9-to5 J.O.B. (Just Over Broke) -- The world of mediocrity and the false security of "knowing" that they show up to work and they get paid for that day. The fact is people get fired from "secure" jobs every day. Why not weigh the gain of living the life of your dreams using your new-found mindset of knowing you can succeed?
Here are the other gains of entering entrepreneurial waters:
Freedom: Yes, the positives include the freedom to set your own hours, leave the office when you want, and vacation on a whim. You not only have 100 percent control of your schedule, but also freedom from the negatives of normal jobs: dealing with boneheads, having to show up at a certain time every day, sitting in pointless meetings. On and on.
Control: You and you alone sit in front of the control panel of your business. You decide what products or services to offer. You choose your ideal customer. In short, you control every aspect of your business instead of someone else telling what to do.
Unlimited Income: No one will tell you your salary. You and your new mindset get to create your income. And let me tell you from personal experience, the sky truly is the limit. Just be sure not to set your goal too low and settle for good, when great is achievable. Business guru Jim Collins said it best: "Good is the enemy of great."
Work/Life Balance: What's my favorite characteristic of being an entrepreneur? Let me start with the end in sight -- you get to attend every one of your kids' school events or family get-togethers. Yes, that is the blessing of not working for someone else. You don't have to submit a time-off request or wonder if you have accumulated time-off to take a vacation.
I'll leave you with this: "You can't teach hunger. You either have it or you don't."
You still with me? You still willing to give your new life a shot? To be bold? Adventurous?
Bubba Mills is the CEO of Corcoran Consulting and Coaching Inc. (www.corcorancoaching.com/programs, 800-957-8353), an international Real Estate, Mortgage, and Small Business coaching company. Mills is a nationally recognized speaker, coach and mentor to the top real estate agents and mortgage companies. Visit us at www.CorcoranCoaching.com.