9others, By Cristina Crucianu, Founder Stories, Insight, Investment, London
22nd March 2017
“El no ya lo tienes”
In Spain, when faced with a challenge or a situation that will take you out of your comfort zone, we say “El no ya lo tienes”. This literally means that a ‘no’ is already on the table – you already have a ‘no’.
So what do you do? Do you want to survive past that ‘no’ and get what you want? Or do you stick with the ‘no’ you already have?
For me this is the one motivational quote that I regularly remind myself of so I can push through the nerves of asking for something.
Pushing oneself through often uncomfortable conversations requires great self discipline and effort but who said that entrepreneurship was an easy path to take? If, like me, you are a challenge-seeker then of course there are ups and downs to it – and it’s likely that there are more downs as you probably already know!
The worst are the ‘no’ answers that we keep hearing, even before we’ve asked, from that little inner demon saying that we will not make it. Many times entrepreneurs ask themselves:
- Is what I’m making good enough to try?
- Am I good enough to do this?
- Will this all be worth it?
- Is any of this going to work?
Pluck up the courage and ask
These questions will not be answered if you don’t ask. And you should ask because you already have a ‘no’. It is there from the very beginning, it is there way before you have started to think about the question in fact. So what do you do with that ‘no’ which is the main obstacle standing between you and the next big step?
You get rid of it! Kick it as you would angrily hit a punchbag! Kill it. Execute it. Because this ‘no’ is, right now, just an emotional obstacle in your head that needs to be surpassed in order to continue on the path you deserve.
My list of my favourite three expressions that I hope will boost your motivation and inspire you to start today are:
- The biggest risk is not taking any risk – regrets are from things you don’t try.
- Nothing ventured, nothing gained – fortune favours the bold.
- No pain, no gain – you have to suffer for the best rewards.
Get your ‘yes’
So keep your eyes on the objective, visualise it and work hard to make it happen – ignore the ‘no’ that you already have a move towards the ‘yes’.