Joseph Ratliff Writer, Researcher, Thinker

Have You Ever Had That “Pulling” Feeling?

You know…

That feeling you get when you get ready to take on something big, try something new and exciting, start another business etc…

You get this tight feeling in your arms and chest, your breathing seems to be more rapid, and various thoughts of “Can I really do this?” start swimming in your mind.

This feeling seems to be pulling you back. Back to where everything is comfortable.

Is this a bad feeling to have?

Nope.

This feeling comes from the fear of the “unknown.” And it is actually a good feeling to have.

Here is personal example from my own “pulling feelings”:

Back in my last days of working in the retail field (a long time ago now)…I was thinking to myself…

“Self, can I really start educating business owners on how to market their businesses?

I mean, I am nobody when it comes to being recognized as an authority in marketing, my credibility is close to zero with few clients yet, and what happens if the money runs out?

How do I support my family?”

Man…I am thankful for that “pulling” feeling. I am thankful because that feeling made me sit down and create what I had created for a couple of business owners already…

A Strategic Marketing Plan. I figured out that day what I would do for the next 6 months to generate a steady stream of clients. Then, I mapped out a three year and five year plan to expand the business I started in my mind already.

Boy did that feel good. And you know what happened to that “pulling” feeling?

It went away. It has yet to come back.

I am a little past the other end of that five year marketing plan now (I started marketing consulting locally in 2001). My business and family life is so fulfilling…I cannot even explain it to you.

And it all came from that one moment. Can you create your own?

So what is the lesson here?

Well, this lesson is in two parts:

1) Get out of your comfort zone, often, repeatedly, and stay out of it. This is huge. If things are going as planned in your business…get out of your comfort zone and try new things. Otherwise, your business will get stale…and your results will start to match.

2) Set aside time to work on your business, instead of in your business. Until you master this…all you have is a self-employed job. And you do know what “JOB” stands for, don’t you… Just Over Broke.

The more you get that “pulling” feeling…the more success you can have…but you have to reach out and take it without fear.

0 Thoughts on “Have You Ever Had That “Pulling” Feeling?

  1. Great advice on dealing with that PULLING FEELING. You can do it..

  2. Thanks for stopping by the blog Warren, I appreciate the compliment. :)I think the moment we lose that “pulling feeling”, we need to step outside of that comfort zone once again.

  3. chrisendres on February 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm said:

    Excellent post Justin. I agree with the forward planning strategy and would add to that a technique for pulling through tough days.We are basically overstimulated human computers. Because of this we can be programmed, and when we are programmed we call it habit. You can program a habit into yourself by using daily spoken affirmation.It sounds simple and maybe even silly if you are a skeptic, but the mind doesn't know the difference between reality and fantasy when it is focused on the pictures in your mind. If your affirmations create enjoyable visual images you can create a habit and adjust your behavior in any direction of your choosing…Program out of yourself anything you do not want by programming into yourself what you do want, with affirmations.

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