Today I want to talk about a very important topic: fear. We all get scared from time to time, whether it’s of something in the world like spiders or drowning, or something less physical like not making that month’s rent or not being able to complete work for a client. It’s true that sometimes fears become reality, but more often than not we’re blowing things completely out of proportion. So let’s be honest, what’s holding you back in your business and why?
Yes, fears can be a good thing because they’ll warn you about potential issues and things you may not have thought of when pursuing what you thought was a great idea for your business. It’s very important to really consider what could go wrong so that you can decide if it’s really want you want to do or if the risks, problems and challenges outweigh the potential benefits that could be had even if everything went exactly right, or better than could be anticipated. Knowing the potential issues can be a really big benefit to starting or growing a business. It’s when all you see are problems and fears that it becomes an issue.
Part of the issue is that fears distract you from getting things done. If you’re so focused on what could go wrong you’ll never give anything a chance, and sometimes it seems like luck is the reason things are successful. But usually there’s a lot more to it than that, including lots of hard work. It’s healthy to work hard, have big dreams, and deal with a few fears. If that’s not part of your life you, and your business, are not as healthy as you could be.
So this week I encourage you to dream big. Pull up those ideas that you’ve put aside and take another look at them. Figure out if they’re a good fit for your business, even if they’re a little scary, and how you can make them happen. Don’t give up on them because they were too big before, take a new look at them and maybe ask a friend, coworker, or consultant to look at them too and see what you’re missing that would make it achievable.
“Too many entrepreneurs with brilliant ideas never act on them because they foresee risk, challenges, hassles, problems, and possible failure and disappointment. It’s critical to shift your imagination…” Chris Howard