For a huge part of my adult life, I was a chicken. Yes! You read it right…I was C-H-I-C-K-E-N! Sure I appeared bold, self confident and self assured on the outside…heck, for six years I was a professional model strutting my stuff on the runways of the world!
But deep down inside harbored in a secret compartment a deep seated fear of the unknown. Fear of success. Fear of failure. I also think that for sometime I suffered from a bad case of inferiority complex!
For years it was a feeling I just couldn’t shake. As a result, I fell into a deep rut of mediocrity, of playing small and not living up to my true potential.
I had been with my Direct Selling company for four years and hadn’t made any real progression up the ranks. It wasn’t that I didn’t KNOW what I had to do to make my business a success- I was just too CHICKEN to try because heaven forbid I make a few mistakes and be viewed as a failure!
What was the turning point for me? NECESSITY!
“Necessity is the author of change.” ~ Tim Hansel
This quote couldn’t be more relevant for me than if I had authored it myself! I was placed in a position where I was forced to burst out of my comfort zone. I had switched Direct Selling companies and in a matter of weeks had a down line of twenty-two new consultants. You could have knocked me over with a feather! My first reaction was panic! In my previous company I had never amassed more than a couple distributors in my organization. What was a girl to do?
I had to put on my big girl panties and BE a leader to these women (some of them new to Direct Selling). You see, my fear of disappointing others far outweighed my fear of success or failure. I now had over twenty women looking to me for leadership and I was not going to disappoint them! I had to step up to the plate and BE the leader they all felt I could be. I needed to believe in myself more than they believed in me. I took inventory of my values and my strengths and made a conscious decision to show up and play BIG in my business and on the playing field of life.
If you are suffering from the chicken mentality, my wish for you is that you DO NOT wait for necessity to force you to become the person you know you really ARE! Recognize your strengths and take action on your dreams. Believe!To Your Life... in Full Color