Yvonne Ellis

 


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The First step is always the hardest

Picture of winding stairs going upwards.
Image of winding staircase

I have done a lot of things for the first time lately. I finished the rough draft of my first book of a different genre (my 3rd book in total) and created my first online course that I am about to launch. And I recently did my first interview on my Youtube channel The Empowered Life (see video below). I have found this to be true; the first step is always the hardest when doing something new.

In regards to interviewing guests on my channel, I had been meaning to do this for some time but I kept putting it off. I don’t know why. Conducting interviews is not a new experience for me. Back in 2007, I worked as an Interview Officer for the U.K passport service for five years. I

It was a repetitive but important job. I interviewed people from all walks of life. I never thought the skills I acquired from this job could be used outside any specialist role. Yet, here I am years later using it creatively to interview guests on my channel.

My first interview!

So what finally helped me to take the first step? Nothing in particular. I just decided to push through my fear and go for it.

With the help of faith, creativity, previous interview skills, and belief in me. I am so glad I did it. I am keen to build on what I’ve learned. Are you considering trying something for the first time? Here are three things I want to share with you about taking the first step:

Feel the fear and do it anyway
Joyce Meyer, a famous evangelist uses this quote often. Fear and discomfort will always be present when attempting something new. It is part and parcel of taking the first step into something new and unknown. It’s easy to let fear get in the way of what. But you must go for it anyway. Anything worth having in life will involve some type of personal cost.

The first step requires courage
Courage builds confidence. Confidence is built after taking the first step. Once you have done it you will find the other steps are not as scary. Of course there will be challenges to overcome but you will figure it out. Be courageous and see what happens.

The first step provides an opportunity to learn
After the first step, you can make changes, learn from mistakes, and re-define your goal if you need to. Seize the opportunity that the first step will teach you today.

Without the first step, procrastination and fear will keep you bound. This is an ideal time to move forward. Something new awaits you. Put your best foot forward!

Ecclesiastes 11:4
If you wait for perfect conditions you will never get anything done.

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My Entrepreneur Journey

My entrepreneur journey has been a lesson in self –development. It has resulted in unknown and challenging situations. In this post, I share with you five things I identified on my transformation journey from leaving traditional employment to becoming a full-time entrepreneur.

Excitement

I distinctly remember waking up the day after I left my job, I was excited. It was a huge weight off my shoulders to finally make the decision. More importantly, I was excited at the prospect of creating new things. Creativity has been the essential motivator that has kept me going on my journey to shaping the vision of my company YEME Empowerment.

Realisation

I was running off the adrenalin of the excitement. My confidence was running high and my self-belief was unbelievable. The realisation that I was really living the life of an entrepreneur suddenly hit me. I was not mentally prepared for how tough it would be financially in the first year. It was the right decision to leave my job, a window of opportunity moment that I had to take. It was a scary realisation. I was now in charge of making choices that would help shape my destiny.

Doubt

I worried about things outside of my control but I did not doubt my ability to accomplish my goals or that I would achieve my vision. I chose to let go of the fear and I pushed forward one day at a time.

Mindset 2.0.

I spent twenty-three years mentally conditioned by working in the traditional paid employment system and it shaped the way I lived and thought about my life. I am unlearning habits and behaviours associated with my previous way of living. It has been a freeing experience that has helped me grow mentally.

My journey to finding my way has brought clarity. I started out I had an outline of what I believed it would take to build my vision. The reality was I had to adjust my methods to achieve it.

Clarity

Because I took courage and embraced risk I have seen great outcomes in my endeavours but the entrepreneur journey is not for the faint-hearted. It has taught me perseverance, resilience and patience.

I believe I can go the distance on my entrepreneur journey because I have a solution to a problem. I also have passion and inspiration. That is the fuel and strength I need to see things through.