Chasing your dreams is not easy. Sometimes your dreams lead you where you are not comfortable going. And that is when many give up. My son was chasing his soccer dreams last week and his experiences are as applicable for entrepreneurs as they are for athletes.
This past week was a stressful week of soccer try outs for my 14 year old son (and his parents for that matter). The club he has been playing for has 2 teams in his age group, but they are 3 divisions apart. My son played in the lower division. This year, he decided he was ready for the big time and set his sights on playing in a higher division.
Whether your dream is to play soccer at a higher level, grow your business to six or seven figures or host your first event, we all have to go through the same things.
Develop Your Skills
My son loves to play and he got serious about soccer only a few years ago. During that time, he has been working very hard and has steadily improved his skills while playing for the lower team. He goes to soccer camps every chance he has, takes skills clinics and is at every practice, rain or shine. He knows in order to get better, he has to practice, improve on the skills he has and develop the skills he is lacking.
It is the same in our business. Although we have some skills, we never have all the skills we need to succeed. However, we can acquire them by following courses, and shorten our learning curves by hiring coaches. Coaches are invaluable in seeing the forest for the trees and teaching us the skills we don’t even know we need.
For instance many workshop hosts go full steam ahead with their events without having a clear monetization and marketing strategy. They end up with an empty workshop room and no profits, since the only source of revenue they had planned for was ticket sales.
Do The Inconvenient
As the top team in his club is in the highest division and the club doesn’t have a great track record for giving players on the lower team a chance, he tried out at another club in addition to his own. Instead of just showing up at tryouts at his own club, he played for 90 minutes, got in the car for an hour and played for another 90 minutes at the next tryouts. At both fields he gave his all and did whatever it took to make the team.
Only one other boy had the commitment to try out for two teams on one night. Was it inconvenient to drive for an hour? You bet. But in order to reach your goals, you have to do what is inconvenient. Most people do only what is convenient. If you want to reach your goals, you have to do whatever it takes, even if it is inconvenient.
Move Outside Your Comfort Zone
Although the soccer field is his comfort zone, being among new people is not easy for my son. Unlike his sister, who looks at the world full of friends she hasn’t met yet, he is not the outgoing type. Being among 100 kids he doesn’t know is not his idea of fun, (although playing soccer anytime, anywhere and with anyone is). The good news is that he made a team 2 divisions up from his old team. The bad news is that he has to say goodbye to his old team, his friends and his comfort zone.
Sometimes you have to shed your old life to chase your dreams. If the old environment doesn’t serve you, you have to change your surroundings. It isn’t easy, but when you want to reach your goals, change is inevitable. Just like a caterpillar sheds his cocoon to emerge as a butterfly, you have to shed your old you to reach your goals.
I am proud of my son for what he accomplished. He has grown through the process and now new adventures await.
What have you had to do in order to reach your goals? Did you develop your skills, do the inconvenient and move out of your comfort zone? Share it in the comments!