You may be stepping out to “do your own thing” for a living or you may feel forced to because of a recent layoff and a lot of uncertainty. Times are pretty confusing, overwhelming even. And having to think of making a shift can be daunting. So what I have to say will hit you hard, even while you’re floored. But here goes...You’ll have to be CONFIDENT. It’s imperative. If you’re charting a new way, don’t be hesitant to ask for help, be CONFIDENT that you can find the information. If you’re required to do something new, don’t beat yourself up for “not getting it” right away, be CONFIDENT that with practice you’ll improve. You have to be CONFIDENT that you can find a new direction and that once you put one foot in front of the other you are already heading towards it. This will take work, hard work but you need to win. You need to be ok.