Fear and Success

Halloween is almost here, and one of the things I think of around these times is fear.  Much of Halloween is focused on scaring us and exposing our fears.  Many people actually enjoy feeling scared for the fun of Halloween.  However, sometimes when you’re running a business you will feel fear too.  You will have moments of terror where you’re completely paralyzed by fear.  Usually these moments aren’t invited, usually they’re dreaded.

What can you fear in business?  Fear of failure is one of the biggest fears that people have when they start a business, and even after they’re an established business.  Failure, even when it is viewed as a learning experience and a natural part of the growth process, can be scary!

Some people also fear success.  What?!  Yes, people actually fear being successful, having money and helping people.  Some people are scared that they could actually do something right, something good and be recognized for it.  The truth is that success does come with a lot of responsibility, and many people are fearful of responsibility.

So what can we do when we experience fear of any kind in business?

-Feel the fear and do it anyway:  Yes, take a minute or two and get all wrapped up in that scary feeling, that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach.  But then you have to stop and take the action that you’re scared of.

-Just do it: Don’t even stop to think about the fear, don’t let the fear take over, just do it.  We’re not talking life and death situations here, more likely decisions you’ve been putting off or ones that won’t have a big impact over the long run.

-Think about success instead: If you’re not thinking about how wrong it could go, and instead are thinking about how right it could go it will be easier to get past the fear.

-Make a plan: For a compromise between just doing it and thinking about success, you can make a plan for how you’re going to get to the success.  Then you’ve got to act on it!

This Halloween, don’t let the fears get the best of you!  Your success, satisfaction and impact are too important to be taken away by fears.

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