This bracelet was the first ever bracelet that I stamped when I received the supplies for my new business. Not only did I keep it, but I wear it on a daily basis. This is also one of my best selling quote bracelets in the shop. Why? Because women are attracted to this particular quote. Why? Because they want to be that woman who ‘did’.
And you know what? You can be.
I haven’t always been a ‘do’er’ but, when I asked my friends and peers my top three qualities for a B-School assignment last week, all things related to being a ‘do’er’ and an ‘achiever’ were on their lists. The difference between the non-’doing’ Shai and the ‘Do’er’ Shai? I made the decision to do it.
My blog was a decision.
My bouquet business was a decision.
Getting out of the bouquet business because my non-confrontational personality can’t handle stressed-out bride(zilla)s? Total decision.
Learning to face my fear of public speaking and getting the hell on stage?
Transitioning the bouquet shop into a bracelet shop and deciding I would support my family with it?
All of these things were decisions – choices I made, all of which I have been successful at accomplishing. How? I never once said ‘I want to…’ or ‘I think I might…’, I just said ‘I’m going to’, and then did it. I researched, learned, trained, practiced, researched some more, and kept at it until I could look down at that bracelet, smile, and think ‘Hell yeah I did!’ instead of using it as a motivational tool.
Now, don’t get me wrong…it has not been an easy road. Trying to figure out how to handle wholesale orders with finals and two sick kids home from school, with an impending Christmas deadline was hell. When I started the blog, I was fairly certain other bloggers were speaking their own language and I, the unknowing underdog, would never be a part of the ‘Cool Kids Club’ where lingo like ‘SEO’ and ‘conversion’ made sense. I have walked away from and/or chickened out of multiple speaking engagements, and my most recent speaking event was interrupted by an uncooperative child giving himself a nosebleed (#momproblems #ugh). I’ve lost more sleep than I’d like to admit, made more mistakes than I thought possible, and found myself at numerous road blocks and detours, but I just kept going.
If you want to start your own business, you can do it.
If you want to start your own blog, you can do that, too.
What you can’t do, though, is ‘do it’ while saying ‘I want to’.