Ever catch yourself doing something in your business – for example, organizing a launch or getting ready for a live event – and suddenly realize that your heart is beating rapidly or that your hands have become clammy with perspiration?
Do you ignore how you’re feeling and push through the task at hand?
Do you put off what you’re doing, telling yourself you’ll get back to it later, only to find that the same thing happens again?
If the latter is the case, you’ll soon find yourself caught up in a debilitating cycle of procrastination!
A racing heart or breaking out into a cold sweat could well indicate that you’re fearful about something. It pays to take a few minutes and think about what may be at the bottom of your fear.
There are lots of things you could be afraid of: the unknown, change, failure, or even success … Often, two of more of these fears can be intertwined.
For example, you might be overwhelmed, in which case your fear may stem from feeling that things are beyond your control. This could lead to fear of failure.
To calm overwhelm, ask yourself whether you’ve done / are doing the following:
• Create or revise your plan
• Gather the resources you need (information, manpower, expertise…)
• Divide the project into small, manageable chunks
• Delegate whatever you deem appropriate
• Communicate your progress, as well as your challenges, to the appropriate persons
If you are, hopefully you’ll take comfort in the fact that things are being managed with forethought and consideration.
If you’re still feeling afraid, look at some of the other possible reasons described below.
You may be afraid of success – if you succeed you could encounter bigger and more difficult challenges that go beyond your present skill level, which could set you up for failure.
If you’re afraid because you’re unsure of what’s going to happen if you succeed, think about how you can turn your success into something that you want. Imagine yourself in control of that situation instead of being passive in it.
Think of all the people you can serve …
Or all the additional revenue that will allow you to take more time off …
The sky’s the limit!
If you’re afraid of change, it might be because you don’t know what’s going to happen when things change and you may really be afraid of the unknown.
To overcome fear of the unknown, remember that knowledge is power and that you can find the information you require.
You may need to know more about:
A new partner
A new client
A new software
Maybe you need some mentoring on how to handle the new area that you want to venture into.
Give yourself the time to read up on or inquire about what you’re unsure of. Educating yourself will give you confidence!
Are you feeling afraid about something in your business right now? Tell me in the comments below how fear may be blocking your progress!
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