Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve really been taking a deeper look into the role that fear plays in the pursuit of achievement. I believe that this site has done a great job of highlighting both the inner and outer motivation needed to assist in dream chasing, as well as several various steps and resources that an entrepreneur can use to shorten the learning curve of their business. However, I realize that not everyone wants to own their own business, some want to excel in their corporate careers while others want to use these personal growth tips to help themselves in other areas of their lives. That being said, since fear can attack us in any if not ALL of these areas, I say we spend some time figuring out ways to attack fear!
The following are a few suggestions that I’ve used that ARE STILL helping me to attack my own set of fears. It’s my sincere hope that you’re able to use one or maybe all of them to help you launch and elevate your business, and give you a road map while you’re chasing your goals. Before you read these, let’s just be completely honest. WE’RE ALL SCARED OF SOMETHING. If not, I’d bet on the fact that you’re either LYING or DELUSIONAL. Enjoy!
1. WHY YOU’RE FEARFUL? In a recent video, I talked about the fact that most people are more scared of actual success than they are of so called failure. If this is true, I challenge you to figure out exactly what you are fearful of. Are you scared of failing, or are you scared that your failure could be perceived as public to those that you are closest to? Are you too fearful of paying the actual cost for the dream that you’re chasing? Are you scared of the accountability and the responsibility of success? These are questions that I navigate myself through on a daily basis, not because I’m so bogged down with fear, but I choose to be active in defeating it. In order to be successful, you can’t do what everyone else does and ignore the truth that fear exists.
2. WEIGH YOUR FEAR: When I was in direct sales, we’d always hear the phrase “your why should make you cry” meaning that you have to be intensely emotionally attached to whatever you’re doing, not because you love direct sales per say, but because you KNOW that WITHOUT ACHIEVING THIS GOAL, your children won’t have the options that you envision for them. So I ask you; is whatever you are currently scared of WORTH knowing that you’ve given up?
I’ll end by saying this; Fear is merely an ingredient to your success, a necessary evil if you will, but it is NOT the base, foundation, or main ingredient to your end result UNLESS you choose to let fear win. I was once told early on in my sales career that 97% of the people in this country (including entrepreneurs) are SCARED of selling. They’re so scared of selling, that they never realize or focus on the fact that they are great at developing, creating, implementing, networking, planning, etc. I was told that if they’d DEVELOP THE AREAS THEY ARE STRONGEST IN, the fear of sales could diminish because the other areas will add VALUE, which add CONFIDENCE.
I’ll be the first to admit the truth; NO ONE has all of the answers on defeating fear, but I know for sure that everyone that runs from their fears, FAILS. I do not want you to fail.
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