We tend to add complexities to our challenges because if the problem is simple to solve, then we have to change. And change is scary. – Jon Acuff
In Start, Jon Acuff recounts the story of a friend of his who was always late for morning meetings, meetups, and meals. His excuses varied, but they always centered around one thing; his iPhone. Either he forgot to set the alarm, or he left it in another room so he couldn’t hear it, or the volume was down too low… you get the idea.
Now, you’re probably thinking the same thing I was when I heard this story; why doesn’t he just get an alarm clock?
The answer seems so simple to you and I. But as is often the case, he couldn’t see the simple solution in front of him because he was stuck in his idea that his iPhone was all he needed. He was in a fog of his own creation.
Most of us are in some sort of fog, really.
As my grandmother would say, we can’t see the forest for the trees. We’re too close to our own situations to see the simple solutions that are in front of us. It’s like we have a giant fog machine that we turn on every time we think of trying something new. Of course, we know who’s in charge of the power switch, right. Yep, our old buddy, Fear.
How is fear fogging things up for you, you ask? Let’s see if any of these ring a bell:
- I don’t have time to start a business.
- I don’t have the money to start a business.
- You have to be a technical genius to start an online business, and I am not.
These are all things I hear members of the Side Hustle Teachers community say when asked why they haven’t started a business yet. But the fact is, they’ve simply got their fog machine running full blast.
We know that when something happens in our lives that demands our time – a loved one gets sick, a friend needs extra ongoing support, a child makes the dance team and needs you to take them to competitions every weekend – we’re able to make it work.
In other words, when the shit hits the fan, we always find the time to clean it up. Which means, the time has been there all along.
We find the time for things that are important to us. We find money for things that are important to us. Or we find a way to bootstrap it. We learn what we need to know to make things happen, or we find someone to help us with it.
And let’s remember that you don’t need to clear your calendar. You don’t have to sink your life savings into a business. You don’t have to know how to code an entire website from scratch.
In fact, I don’t suggest you do any of those things.
All you need to do is turn off the fog machine, and start looking for a path forward.
- Find half an hour here or there. They add up!
- Look for free or low-cost ways to get started or take the next step. Barter, work with other newbies who are looking for testimonials… get creative!
- Check out the solutions that are available for your website and social media that are easy to use.
What are 3 things you can try to turn off the fog machine and find your way to a clear path? As Pat Flynn would ask; What would it look like if it were easy?
Check out the video below to go a little bit deeper, and then come join us in the Facebook group to share some of the ways you’re going to clear the fog so you can take action.