Pardon the cliché, ‘nothing worth having is going to be handed over to you in a silver platter’. While this phrase is not verbatim, the idea behind it remains: Starting a business involves all of your attention. The seeds are planted at the very moment of enrolling in a learning institution. Graduation is a glorious moment! It is when your business becomes the foundation, or rather, the soil prep for the beginnings of a beautiful garden for that seed to grow.
But metaphors won’t make that garden grow will they? It takes money to make money, and so let’s get real… without the dough, the business won’t grow. Capital, (initial investment) is needed. Advertising is very important, but then so is a nice and soothing place for your animal clients’ to relax under the warmth, and expertise of your hands. An administrative process will have to be put into place, and the list goes on!
When a person is ready to take the ‘plunge’, it never is an easy decision. Many worries and concerns rear their ugly heads, as the worst-case scenarios take root at the very back of our minds. Will we fail? Will we succeed? Fear becomes our enemy, and is the #1 cause of the freeze. The freeze happens when your heart pulls you in the right direction, but your mind forces you to be still because of all the things that can go wrong.
Many self-help books on how to start your own business abound on book shelves everywhere. But no one really talks about the fear that can paralyze any effort to truly proceed any further than ‘my heart leads me in this direction…’ those resources can be very helpful after the freeze. And I think that’s why they are written. It takes more than prep to start-up a successful business. There is an emotional, mental, and psychological process that seems to accompany this transition.
This process is a very personal experience. Everyone will experience it differently. It is essential to have the right support system in place. Talking to other professionals and how they came through their freeze provides additional confirmation; everyone experiences doubt, fear, uncertainty, and all the other baggage that comes with those emotions.
But in the end, when you get to the end of that tunnel and light shines bright, and you smile as your hands do the bidding of your animal client, soft and soothing light shines on you and your client – you will feel like you truly hit the jackpot. And is it all worth going through just to get to that point? Fear becomes the fuel that lit the fire, rather than the dampener, and negative ice-berg it has been for so long.
We are always interested, and excited to hear about the success stories of our RMSAAM graduates! We look forward to hearing from you!