Getting out of your comfort zone to do something big in the world takes courage and acting ability, not just know how. Every entrepreneur has those days, weeks or months where confidence drops and fear and insecurity take their place. The challenge is put on a brave face and keep going anyway.
I’m a huge fan of President-elect Obama and totally inspired by his message. Even he must have moments where he thinks, “What have I got myself into? Can I really solve all these problems and do this job?”
Political pundits keep talking about whether he looks and sounds “presidential”.
That’s because he’s not the president and he’s never been the president. But that will be his job soon enough and he won’t get to click on some giant “pause button” to stop the world while he sits around the Oval Office learning his new role. To keep the rest of us from freaking out, he has to look and sound presidential and keep going even in those moments when he’s not feeling it deep down. If he looks confident and sounds like he knows what he’s talking about, he inspires our confidence in him and his abilities— even though he’s never done this job before.
I constantly get requests from new stagers to shadow me on staging jobs because they’re afraid to go out there on their own and face a real live client.
Please don’t ask to shadow me. I don’t have the time to screen and pre-approve the hundreds of people who ask me to do this for them. Nor would I want to have to coordinate who is coming to which client and when. It’s just not a realistic objective no matter how easy and appealing it may sound to the person who wants me to bring them to my next project. My home staging clients hire me to decorate their homes to sell not to use them as a training center.
My best advice to new home stagers is to put on a brave face and go for it.
Don’t be afraid to be on your own for a client project. Congratulate yourself on the fact that you were able to convey a professional enough image to actually get a client! This person saw something in you that you may not be feeling right now, but you have to keep going anyway.
If you don’t feel like a professional stager today, act the part!
The more you do it the more you’ll feel like a home stager. And, unlike Barack, you don’t have to do your job with the whole world watching your every move and every word! Your clients aren’t looking for signs of incompetence, they’re looking for solutions to their problems. Give them what they hired you for and keep your focus on the task, not how nervous you are.
Please add your comments about how you keep going when fear and doubt set in.
Debra Gould, The Staging Diva®
President, Six Elements Inc. Home Staging
Home Staging expert Debra Gould also known as The Staging Diva knows how to make money as a home stager and has taught over 1000 others to use their decorating talents and run their own home staging business in the Staging Diva Home Staging Business Training Program.