Seeing is Believing?
Yes, it’s me again. Bryan took a week off to be an awesome husband. You’ll forgive him right?
My friend emailed me the other day, asking for advice on her new venture — an etsy shop. Now this took me by surprise as I have no experience with etsy besides one time I ordered one thing, once. That’s it. In her email you could tell that she was weary about this new start up. I could sense her lack of self-confidence in this new venture. And then she flat out said it — “I am just not very confident in myself.” Bingo. I sprung to action, as any good girlfriend would do. I immediately emailed her back telling her that she first needs to believe in herself and in her ability to create products that someone would want and love. I told her that in order for someone to believe in her product she has to believe in it most of all. Because if she, the owner, creator, maker of this good does not believe in what she is doing then why would she expect anyone else too?
Skip to me, hours later whining* to my husband/business partner about our business. Details sparred this is basically what I said “I am just not very confident in myself.” I didn’t actually say any of those words, but my husband has read my book a few times and knows it well. (Mainly because it’s short and uses a lot of pictures instead of words.) This is what he said:
“That’s stupid. You are confident in yourself. Why would you even say that?”
And I now understand where my friend was coming from. Because it’s hard to believe. It’s hard to believe in an idea, that’s why so many ideas go undeveloped. It’s hard to believe in something that isn’t quite finished, that maybe hasn’t even begun. But when it comes to a small business, believing can not just rely on seeing the results. Believing in your business has to happen every single day.
The best thing I can do is believe wholeheartedly in my business.
The best thing I can do is believe in my abilities, even one’s I’ve yet to discover.
The best thing I can do is back up my idea with action, and believing in each task.
The best thing I can do is to believe, even without seeing our idea completed.
So here is to believing until I am able to see, and no matter what I see still believing there after.