Welcome to Emotional Detour #4, “Too good to be true.”
There can be a lot of emotions to manage even when you take a healthy, methodical approach to finding a new business. And I know I’ve said this before – but as you begin to do your research on finding that perfect business, it’s important to start your homework on yourself. You can actually save time by knowing who you are and what you want out of life first. We call it the “inside out” approach.
So now you’ve spent the time to identify your goals, needs, expectations, and even your transferable skills. With all of that in mind you start exploring options. You’ve been able to eliminate quite a few early on because of the homework you did up front. Now here you are, looking at something that seems like a perfect fit, or near perfect fit. The problem is it didn’t take that long to find. You haven’t been at this for months and months. You haven’t REALLY paid your dues yet! This can’t be the right thing. It’s obviously too good to be true.
Congratulations, you’re still human. It’s pretty common to think that anything worthwhile takes a long time and a tremendous effort. Is that really true? Remember the time you spent looking at yourself first? Be open to the possibility that you actually did a good job which moved you closer to the right fit much faster.
Here are a few questions for you to ponder that may help you going forward:
1. Do you really understand what it takes to be successful in the business?
2. Do have a strong sense of what you’ll be doing on a day to day basis?
3. Do those things match your skill set or are you willing to learn how to do them?
If you’re truly finished gathering information on the business model, you’ll want to ask yourself these and several other questions, but here is another question to consider:
“If you removed emotion from the decision-making process and focused solely on the data you’ve gathered, what do you see as your next step?”
I know that sounds easier than it probably is, but try it anyway. If you can stand back from the emotion and just concentrate on your research, you’ll find the end result much easier.
Go for it!