Fear is universal. Every single person on this planet feels it in some way or another, and it’s not uncommon for fear to be the reason we choose not to succeed. Yes, you read that correctly. We choose not to succeed when we are afraid. We let something as fundamental as fear hold us back from achieving our goals and realizing our dreams. But it doesn’t have to be that way. What if we changed the way we think about fear?
For most of us, fear is an enigma. So much so that some of us don’t even know what our actual fears are…we just know that they terrify us. It is imperative that we make a conscious decision to break through those fears regardless of their nature. We need to break through our fears of failure, success, change, standing out, or being noticed. We have to make the conscious decision to move past them and some of us need to do it more than once.
Fear doesn’t go away. It’s human nature to feel it. So, while we might be able to suppress it, it’s nearly impossible to eliminate altogether. It returns when we least expect it and it’s our job as aspiring entrepreneurs to relearn the fears that cripple us and break through them time and time again. The best way to do that is to start failing.
There are so many would-be business owners out there that are so afraid of failing that they refuse to start trying in the first place. They constantly sit and wait for the perfect, risk-free opportunity to present itself. I’ll tell you what. That’s never going to happen. The only way you are going to break through your fears and succeed at running a business is to fail first. Once you’ve spent some time not succeeding, you’ll know exactly what it takes to reverse the trend. You need to start screwing up!
Being fearless means jumping in when you don’t necessarily know the outcome. Being fearless means getting it wrong a few times so that you know how to get it right. Learn to let your fears motivate you. Understand them and regear them if necessary, then use them to your advantage. Stop letting your fears control your decision-making process. Set out on your mission to start failing. Because it’s only when you control your fears and learn how to fail a few times that you’ll learn how to succeed.