Sometimes, as business owners, we can be our own worst enemies. The little fears that normally reside at the back of our minds creep forward, to front and center status, and they can be crippling. If YOUR fears have stopped you from reaching your goals, it’s time to face them head-on: and then keep on walking.
What can you do when your fear stops you from doing what you always dreamed? Here are a few tips to get you started:
1. Acknowledge the Fear.
Pretending that you’re not afraid probably hasn’t worked out very well so far, has it? Instead of burying your head in the sand, take a moment to really acknowledge the fears you have. To do this, open up your journal or take out a sheet of paper, and write down something you’re afraid of. (Not: “I’m afraid of spiders.” Yes: “I’m afraid people will think I’m not good enough to call myself an artist.”)
2. Explore the Fear.
Underneath that fear, take a minute to write out WHY you feel that way; what’s the root of it? Maybe you’re afraid you will fail as an artist because your high school Art teacher told you your paintings were bad. Maybe you’re afraid people won’t like you because you have social anxiety. In any case, if you understand where the fear comes from then that knowledge makes it easier to move past the fear itself. Repeat steps one and two as many times as you need to until you have listed all of the big fears you’re facing in your business life.
3. Make peace with the Fear.
It sounds strange, perhaps, but sometimes you just have to accept a situation for what it is. Tell yourself that it’s okay to be afraid; that you understand where your fear comes from and you acknowledge that it’s something you may have to deal with from now on. What’s NOT okay? Letting that fear be in control. Tell yourself that you’re going to be allowed to feel the fear, but not to be ruled by it. Push it to the back seat where it belongs.
4. Move forward.
That’s it – just keep moving forward. Face your fears, then move beyond them. If you’re afraid of putting your art out there, do it anyway. If you’re afraid to speak in front of people, agree to that public speaking opportunity anyway. Take the big leap, even if you’re afraid you might fall. Let yourself be afraid, but don’t let that stop you from DOING.
What fears will you be facing this year? If you want to share them with us, we’d love to hear it – just leave a comment below! In the meantime, if you’re looking for more inspiration on facing your fears, check out Why You Need to Do What Scares You and Face Your Fear; the Result Might be Amazing.