Start a business, work through your fear! We're all scared.
Here’s what I have learned from the process…so far
1. People will surprise you.
When friends, family, and colleagues hear you’re starting a business, you learn that everyone has a big opinion. Even when you don’t ask for one. Or tell them to shut it…in a tactfully kind yet somehow hard-hitting way of course 😉
I’ve had to pick and choose who I share my new business struggles and triumphs with. At the same time, I’ve had the opportunity to connect with lovely new people AND in new ways with people I have known for years!
Be sure about one thing though. The critics tend to outnumber the cheerleaders.
People will put their own limitations, negative beliefs, and insecurities onto you.
“maybe in a few years…”
It’s simple. When you stick your neck out of the chicken coop to peek around, the other caged hens get a little pissy. They’re uncomfortable being confronted with your huge vision because their current view shrinks in comparison.
Then they get a little scared, and they feel a little inadequate, and they second guess every decision they’ve made in their career and life to this point…you get the idea.
The hens are unhappy.
2. You discover a community of amazing, passionate, like-minded people.
Ah, it’s powerful and freeing when I learned I AM NOT ALONE. There are entrepreneurs just like me all over the place!
The concept of creating a career that aligns with your passion and offers the lifestyle you crave IS NOT new, folks. It may just be (if you were anything like me) that you weren’t exposed to this way of thinking in your family.
Even as a “9-to-5er,” a bit of a slave to the machine himself, my older brother was thrilled when I told him about my practice. It is an honor for me to begin to see how my boldness in launching NewVu can encourage others to pursue their own entrepreneurial dreams.
I truly believe the world operates on abundance. There is plenty of business and money to go around. Especially when you’re following your calling and serving the right people, “your people” if you will.
Money ain’t a thing! To me it’s becoming a game. A bunch of numbers in a bank account.
Reading Tony Robbins' book is helping me master money…Get it free here!
I had no idea this world of free support and information even existed before NewVu Therapy. I use it to serve my clients in pursuit of their fulfilled life.
3. Your fears will refuse to go unnoticed.
Every little doubt you may have about yourself…every negative thought you have when you wake up in the middle of the night…those little thoughts that creep into your mind when you’re Googling how to open an LLC. They will fester. And GROW.
I had to acknowledge my fears and insecurities.
I work through that little voice in my head that whispers, “You’re not good enough!”
I allowed myself to go down the “What will my family think?” road in my mind.
As an entrepreneur, you can be your own biggest critic.
But what I realized is that only part of me felt I couldn’t do it, that I didn’t deserve it, that I would fail and be laughed at.
The other part of me, the part that has grown and genuinely trusts my own judgment, intuition, and work ethic, THAT part of me has been my biggest fan. I feed this part of my self.
Slowly, my fears are being replaced with enthusiasm, energy, a sense of purpose, gratitude, even bigger ideas, and a passionate love for my life and the loving people in it.
4. “Just do it” isn’t only a Nike slogan.
It becomes the bread and butter of the entrepreneur. Mmmm, maybe it’s the cream of the crop? The cornerstone of the building?! I really don’t know which euphemism fits here, but I think you get my point.
YES, I did become addicted to podcasts, and blogs, and webinars, and Facebook communities. I did become a bit of a stalker of successful business owners. I did read and write and plan…
Then I worked backwards and set smaller goals and dates for all the pieces that needed to be in place.
Fake it until you make it; Sometimes you have to!
I don’t mean to not be genuine or to deceive people about where you are with your business.
Do it anyways. Taking action is the key.
5. You will make mistakes. A lot of them.
Put something out there. Take action. There’s no learning without mistakes and imperfection!
How will this marketing technique pan out? Will clients engage and stay on my website? Will this workshop give me leads or convert to business? Will they like me or what I’m presenting?
You don’t know!
And you won’t know until you try.
Here’s a couple of mistakes I’ve made:
1. My first business card. Straight out of grad school. Ohhh man, those were AWFUL. So stiff and impersonal…and frankly just ugly. I spent the extra $$ to get them on heavier paper, too!
2. That networking event I bombed. It was a disaster, I mean it. I was supposed to be promoting a parenting group I was launching in a local clinic. Instead I flailed around making aimless conversation and came out with no real connections.
Believe me, I replayed that disaster in my head for weeks after it happened! And I came to realize it wasn’t that bad…Nothing I didn’t learn A LOT from and fix.
So you want to start a business, but you're scared.
Every entrepreneur was and still is!
Here's my advice to you: work through your fears and just do it.