When I was growing up there were a couple of times I really struggled to master something. I never thought I’d get the hang of riding a bike. The coordination and the fear of falling off really felt like something too big for me to overcome.
But guess what I did it and yes, it was hard, and it took practice and a lot of faith in myself, but I learnt to ride that bike.
Fast forward a few years and I nailed my first million-dollar deal. Right now, I’m working on a real estate investment worth $1.2 million. Am I nervous? Sure, but from learning to ride a bike to brokering deals, I’ve learnt a lot of lessons along the way and I’d like to share just two of them with you.
When I first looked at this current deal for a 20-unit apartment I started to hear those nagging doubts in my head. They said things like: “This is too big; you should walk away” or “what if you mess this up? This could take down everything you worked so hard for, stick to the small stuff”.
And this is where Lesson One was learnt:
You’re going to feel nervous, scared and unsure when you’re making life-changing deals like this. Who wouldn’t? A lot of people would not be able to cope with the pressure and run away, but not you. You’ve learnt that using those feelings is the very best way of pressing forward toward success.
The trick here is not to fight but instead lean in and recognise that this feeling means you are on the right track. Growth is happening and you are edging closer to success. Embrace it, gather up your courage and press forward.
You’re going to need to take chances, but it doesn’t mean those chances have to be shots in the dark. When you’ve found a way of working, a system or process that brings success time and time again, trust that system.
Those feelings of worry and anxiety are normal but knowing you’re capable of making smart profitable decisions will give you the confidence to take a risk even when you’re completely sure which way the odds are going to fall.
If I hadn’t had confidence in my own way of working, I might never have pulled the trigger on my first investment all those years ago and might not be about to buy my 67nd for well over a million dollars.
From the little lessons in life to the big ones, have confidence in the skills you’ve learned and the system that you’ve made work for you. Embrace the challenge and move forward to greater success.
All my best