Facing Your Fears As An Entrepreneur...Suck it Up!
Everyone I have ever talked to that is an entrepreneur has had to come face to face with their fears. I have had to as well.
I want to share with you some of the techniques that I have used to face them.
Do Not Be In Denial
The first step is not to be in denial. You have fears even if you don’t readily acknowledge them. They sometimes take the form of that chatter in the back of your head that says you can’t do it.
Fear is such a huge issue preventing people from becoming entrepreneurs.
I have heard from the CEO of a real-estate based network marketing company that even though he has people packing out company seminars, that maybe 2-5% of people will actually go out and apply the knowledge by putting offers on real estate. He is convinced that the rest are paralyzed by fear.
Here are some of the techniques I have used as I learned them from the entrepreneurs I know:
Think About What You Do Want
When you find yourself spinning the wheels in your mind over and again about your worst case scenario, turn it around and focus on what you DO want. Visualize yourself getting what you want. See the new house. See yourself talking to the interested person as they become a part of your business. You get what you focus on. Change the voice.
When your inner voice begins to tell you that you’re not good enough – you’re going to fail.
Just change the voice from yours to that of Mickey Mouse or Jim Cary or something that would hold little weight with you anyway! Who cares if Mickey Mouse thinks you’re not good enough? Is Mickey Mouse an entrepreneur? Voice them to a trusted friend or associate.
Hopefully, you have been able to find some level of support from at least one other entrepreneur. Ideally, you have a significant other that supports you. If not, then you should have some kind of support network from your team, upline, or corporate that you can talk to.
Go out and network and find other entrepreneurs that you can form a mastermind with. You need to find others that can understand where you are at and can kick you in the butt when you need them to.
Some people may tell you that it is silly you could even believe that you’re not good enough. For me, my wife has been a constant source of support. However, don’t go looking for support to all those people who doubted you and told you it was crazy to go out on your own. They will never understand the entrepreneur.
Have A Personal Development Library
I draw tremendous support from my library. It is not just filled with how to resources, but also stories of others who conquered their fears. I couldn’t begin to list the many sources I have, but if you email me I can recommend something based on your own description of your circumstances. Go ahead and do it.
Sometimes just making the smallest step will help get you going enough that the fear of not doing something can go away.
An example would be neglecting to write an article such as this one out of fear of failure. Just starting it can create enough momentum to see it through. I write a minimum of one article a day for my various blogs. This forces me to put myself out there and work through my ideas.
Give it a try, you don't have to write a novel. Write about, video, or record and podcast something every day, even it if is something going on in your life. Remember Seinfeld? It was a show about NOTHING. They basically wrote the show about what was going on in their lives every day.
Visualize The Result, But Make The Action The Goal
There is a subtle difference here for the entrepreneur. Of course, you want the result, but maybe that’s not in your direct control. Visualize the result in your mind, but make your goal the consistent and persistent action of the entrepreneur. The action will eventually produce the result and you can certainly achieve that goal. Never, ever quit. I hate to even use that word. If you do quit, you cease to be an entrepreneur – otherwise, you’re not beaten, you are moving ahead!
It is amazing how many times as an entrepreneur that I draw on my days in the military. Every time I experience a setback in my business that seems like it is insurmountable, I think back to a road march. What keeps you going as an infantryman is knowing at some point the pain will end. You lean into the heavy pack on your back, pick a point you are marching toward, and put one foot down in front of the other until you get there. Never quit!
Jeff Kikel is the CEO/Founder of T-Werx Coworking, President/Co-Founder of BKA Wealth Consulting, Inc. and the Founder of Profit Producers. Jeff's "Happy Place" is that he gets to work with entrepreneurs all day in his businesses. Whether he is helping an entrepreneur to start and grow a business, or helping them to plan their exit, Jeff enjoys being on the journey. Jeff is also the Host of both Entrepreneur Essentials on YouTube, and the Host of Profit Nation Podcast.