Have you ever told yourself “I want to do this!” but found yourself a few moments later totally distracted and pursuing a completely different activity or project?
Many times it’s the objections we tell ourselves shortly after our first idea pops up that cause us to change gears and never actually execute the initial idea.
According to Mel Robbin, creator of The 5-second rule, “If you have an instinct to act on a goal, you must physically move within 5 seconds or your brain will kill it.” There is actually a scientific explanation on why our brain deliberately tries to hinder our initial idea sparks.
Many people can have great ideas, but ultimately it is those who take the next step and purposefully reframe their perceived limitations that actually make things happen.
If you are willing to deliberately question your perceived barriers, whether these may be internal ones (such as I’m not ready, I haven’t figured this out yet, I have to continue thinking about this before…., etc..) or external ones (people won’t want it, the economy is not going to allow for this to happen, there is too much competition, etc), then you have a greater chance to achieve what you want.
In order for you to step into a new way of living and improve your reality, then you need to step into a new way of thinking.
A great way to do this is to listen carefully to your inner thoughts and recognizing the many types of barriers you perceive when it comes to taking action in your career and life.
If you find yourself needing to be “ready” before taking certain steps, this can be a sign that you may be overthinking things and could instead consider the benefits of “taking the plunge”.
I know it can be scary to jump into unknown territory without seeing the full picture of what lies ahead of you, but I want to remind you that it is precisely this willingness to take a leap of faith into the unknown and follow your instincts that can be the best way for true innovation and change to happen.
Reframing your objections and turning them into points of exploration for further personal growth can be the thing that allows you to ignite inspired action and take bold steps that can create a radical new reality for yourself.
This is what happened when Jen Guzman, a former music entrepreneurship student of mine, started her entrepreneurial journey with me almost four years ago. Initially, she approached her career with some hesitation and perfectionistic behaviors.
Ultimately, it was through our work together along with her willingness to reframe her perceived barriers that enabled her to create a multi-six figure business through her brick-and-mortar instrument accessories and repair business (TB Winds), as well as raise funds and became appointed the Denton Program Director for a musical outreach non-profit (Texas Winds), all while pursuing her doctoral degree in clarinet performance at the University of North Texas.
Not only did Jen’s entrepreneurial mindset and willingness to question her perceived barriers allowed her to complete her DMA degree with several businesses under her build (both in the non-profit as well as for-profit realms), she was also able to take over the entire music business and entrepreneurship program at UNT when I was on a full-semester leave.
Shortly after graduating and receiving her doctoral degree in music, it was precisely the way she created her brand umbrella and connected the many facets of her professional and personal life, that positioned her to become appointed as the Director of Education for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, a role in which she is now expanding her impact throughout the DFW metroplex and beyond, all while still running her own business (TB winds) along with her husband, Tony.
In Jen’s own words, she shares her experience working with me where she was willing to let go of the mindset and perceived barriers that held her back and was able to step into a new way of being that ultimately defined her journey.
“While I’ve learned many things from working with Fabiana, my biggest takeaway is to just do it. Just take action. Just start somewhere. As a planner, I’ve always been able to think through ideas but I often had trouble actually starting a project. As a student, I knew I was smart but I would still second guess myself because of my student status, assuming that others were more capable. Fabiana really helped me step into my own to become a leader for others and for myself. In addition to helping me with my own doubts, Fabiana provided specific tools and resources to ideate, plan, and stay focused in my endeavors. She truly leads by example, and I continue to be amazed by how much she achieves because of her “can do” spirit and optimism.
Fabiana has supported me in multiple entrepreneurial ventures, including opening a music store and expanding an existing arts nonprofit. Through Fabiana’s eyes, I’ve learned to see opportunities instead of hurdles. Throughout my journey, Fabiana has been someone I go to for support, advice, or for a push when I’m feeling bogged down by everything that needs to get done.
Owning and operating a music store with my husband and repair specialist, Tony Barrette, has been an exciting journey. We have been profitable since our first month in business and have grown our inventory asset to five times its original value in just two years. Recently, I was hired at the Dallas Symphony as the Director of Education. In this roll, I oversee and plan all of the DSO’s educational programs, including our newest El Sistema based program that provides free instruments and music classes to students in south Dallas. I will always be grateful to Fabiana for helping me get to where I am today!”
Dr. Jen Guzman
Director of Education
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Co-Owner of TB Winds
If you are wondering how you too could gain the clarity and support you need in order to be able to overcome your own perceived barriers and start seeing possibilities you’ve never considered before, then I invite you to apply for my Musician’s Profit Umbrella Group Coaching Program. I’d be happy to help you discover your own barriers and reframe your perspective in order to pursue your biggest dreams.
Through my Musician’s Profit Umbrella, I’ll help you realize how by combining your interests and capabilities to service ongoing needs, you can create new income by solving problems and serving specific groups with a unified sense of identity.
Enrollment is now open so I invite you to apply and take inspired action towards your greatest goals.