Don’t Let Fear in Business Hold You Back
Posted on March 1, 2017 by Samantha Gomez
Taking a risk and leaping out of your comfort zone can be very scary but it is an important tool in building your business. In order to succeed you need to conquer your fear, be brave and harness that anxious energy as a positive instead of a crippling negative.
So many of my clients raise the issue of fear; fear of making a mistake, fear of what people will think, fear of becoming a huge success, fear of not becoming a huge success.
When it comes to fear in business my answer is always the same. Acknowledge your fear, then embrace it and harness the energy it brings.
It is absolutely normal to feel fear when building a business. In fact fear is essential if you want to become successful and profitable because it means that you are being taken out of your comfort zone, being challenged, being risky. And I can assure you that no-one who stays inside their comfort zone becomes successful.
I feel fear in my business all the time. I recognize it now and think to myself “Yep, here it comes again”. When I look at what I am doing, you can bet it’s something new, something out of my comfort zone, something that means I’m taking a chance or putting myself out there.
Being conscious of this fear and understanding where it comes from is incredibly important because if you let it overwhelm you it can be paralyzing and stop you moving forward. You will procrastinate or leave the nerve-wracking tasks until later. In a year’s time you’ll wonder why your business hasn’t grown and the answer will be because you didn’t embrace your fear.
Anyone who is pushing the boundaries in any aspect of life, anyone who is trying something new, anyone who is trying something different is feeling fear. It’s how you choose to handle that fear that defines those people who are successful and those who aren’t.
But you don’t have to take my word for it; here is what a few others have said about fear:
Courage is control and mastery of fear – Mark Twain
Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt – William Shakespeare
What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything? – Vincent van Gogh
You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do – Eleanor Roosevelt
The enemy is fear. We think it is hate, but it is fear – Gandhi
He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat – Napoleon Bonaparte
Embracing your fear allows you to harness it, to use that energy to your advantage, to use it as a hurdle to jump over, to use it as that ‘thing’ that you are going to prove to yourself you can overcome.
Embrace the feelings that fear raises in you and turn them into confidence and conviction, even stubbornness, so that you don’t give up.