Have you ever noticed that there are some people who are just born to be entrepreneurs? It’s like they were born with some gene that prevents them from considering the possibility that they might fail, as if they were born fearless. I, I am sorry to say, am not one of those people.
When I decided to start my business, I had many people say, “I hope that works out for you.” Which technically sounds positive but I could HEAR the skepticism in their voice, and I would walk away wanting to scream. It also didn’t help calm my fears, which were growing at a rapid pace. And even though the job market is still somewhat unpredictable and people are still losing their jobs daily, the ideal of walking away from my full time job seemed like walking away from my safety net.
Fear, unfortunately, can be debilitating for many of us, and can prevent us from taking the necessary steps to achieving the lives we want.
For me, my fear was based in the fact that I might fail. However, I asked myself, and you should as well, “what is the worst that can happen if I DO fail?
If the first thing doesn’t work out, you simply try something else until you get the service, product or even just the messaging right. Instead of being afraid of failure you need to use the fail fast approach. Learn quickly what doesn’t work and then make changes until you figure out what does work.
Fear of failure isn’t the only fear many of us face, however. There’s also that fear of looking stupid or affecting the way others perceive us, fear that is grounded in our ego. On those occasions you have to just think bigger picture and ask yourself, “What is my purpose?”
“What is my intention?”
“Why am I doing this to begin with?”
In many cases, you’re doing it because you have this thing, this product or service that you’re passionate about bringing into the world and you can’t wait to share it with others. By taking yourself to that place and looking at the larger picture, you will hopefully be able to move past your fear because you passion is stronger than the fear. And aren’t you simply curious what will happen if you DO try and you DO take that risk?
And if that doesn’t work, try a few deep breaths and then simply try to put it out of your mind. I often do this when my fears threaten to get the better of me. You have to do your best not to spend too much time and waste too much energy being afraid of things that may never come to past.
And whatever you do, don’t let your fears prevent you from acting.
Remember: it’s okay to smart small and imperfect. It’s better than not starting at all.