The other day I took a leap of faith, I had my hair cut, and cut short for me. For the past 10 years I have had long flowing almost waist length locks. It became my identity, I was the short girl with very long hair, people complimented me on my hair, I felt confident when my hair was long and flowing, it was my security blanket and I feared not having it there.
But recently something in my personal life changed and one morning I simply woke up and thought to myself I need a change, I want a change, and I am going to start with my hair! (Eek!)
That was a big step for me to think like that, the hair was my safety net, it help define me, I felt confident with my long hair.
I booked an appointment with my hairdresser one month prior to the chop and throughout those four weeks all I did was self doubt myself. What if cutting it short changed me for the worse, what if I lost my confidence, what if I didn’t like it, what would I hide behind. I even quizzed my friends and they told me I wouldn’t go through with it, they couldn’t imagine me with short hair, I was the one with long hair, they liked me with long hair. All this just added to my self sabotaging.
My appointment came round and I was sitting in the hairdressers chair. My self sabotaging thoughts swirling around my head, and then before I could stop myself I just blurted it out that I wanted the hair cut short. Even the hairdresser tried to reasoned with me, saying how about we just take it below your shoulders. I numbled yeah ok, and took a deep breath and thought hang on, what is the worse that can happen, you know truly, what is the worst, it’s a haircut, it will grow if I don’t like it. So with much stronger conviction I said nope, I want it short, I want it above my shoulders.
So as you can see I went ahead with it and was so surprised at the outcome! Not only do I love my new hair it has given me some fantastic added benefits. It has made me feel more confident and that I don’t have to hide behind something. It has made me feel like I am becoming a better version of myself, that I have left that old me, which served me very well, behind. It has helped me think about what I really want with my life and business. It was so much more than just a hair cut.
Where Do You Want To Be?
The reason I wanted to share this with you, is because in business we have to take leaps of faith to get to where we want to be and keep on moving. I wouldn’t be here now if I hadn’t taken a leap of faith to launch Make Money With Cakes. Every part of our individual business journeys requires leaps of faith at some point so that we overcome every obstacle or fear that maybe in front of us, and get to the next stage of where we want to go. Otherwise we just remain stuck and then wonder why we are not going anywhere. Everyone’s leaps of faith are different depending on where they currently are on their business journey.
For some it maybe marketing. Maybe you’re fearful of creating a facebook business page and showcasing your cakes to the public, putting yourself out there on the internet. Or maybe it’s pricing, and being fearful of increasing your prices because you are worried you might offend your current client base. Or maybe it is taking the decision to start your cake business in the first place. Or maybe it’s deciding you want business help, or taking a cake decorating course to improve your skills, or telling your boss you want to go part time so you can focus on your cake business. No matter how big or small, all these scenarios require you to take a leap of faith.
Just think how amazing your life would be it you took the leap. You would be one step closer to your ultimate goal. And who knows you could receive a whole host of added benefits and amazing rewards, such as an increased confidence, a mega strong belief in yourself, having others believe in you, increased sales, business publicity and the list just keeps going.
Taking a leap of faith into the unknown is a scary thought, and as women we are great at creating self sabotaging beliefs, but really where does that get us. So what leap of faith are you going to take?