Not enough time and a lack of focus can be obstacles to taking action.
But take a closer look and see if these are the real issues.
Is it possible that you really do know what you need to do but that fear is stopping you?
Fear is a four letter word but it doesn’t have to mean something bad.
Here is an acronym for fear from an unknown author which sheds new light on the word, “Fear: False Evidence Appearing Real.”
You can choose to see fear as a sign. A sign to take a closer look at the actions you are taking (or not taking) and to decide to make some changes.
Fear can sometimes cause inaction. When it’s too scary, you may decide to do nothing. So how can you move past the fear and get into action?
Before you can tackle your fears you first have to identify them. The more specific you can be the better. Pay attention to your thoughts and notice if you are thinking about fearful outcomes.
Here are some possible fears you may be experiencing.
Fear of Making the Wrong Decision
Does the phrase, ‘What if?’ keep popping into your head when you think about taking an action? Well, go ahead and ask yourself. What is the worst thing that could happen? Usually it isn’t that bad. And remember, no matter what happens you can probably deal with it.
Fear of Failure
Everyone defines failure in their own way. Personally, I don’t think in terms of failure. There are just different and new choices. If you do something and it doesn’t work out the way you planned, you can simply choose a different path.
Fear of Rejection
No one likes to be rejected. But what if it weren’t possible to be rejected? What if you shifted your perception and instead of thinking in terms of being ‘accepted’ or ‘rejected’ you thought in terms of finding the right fit. It’s natural that not everyone will be a fit with your business. Stay focused on reaching the people who are.
Fear of Success
Yes, this seems strange but is often true. You may actually be afraid of succeeding. One reason for this can be your thoughts about what other people will think about you. Something like, ‘Who does she think she is.’ Another reason can be that you believe that if you do really well, it’s bound to take a turn for the worse and you will be back where you were. No matter what the reason, you can choose to believe that you deserve to be successful and you can remain so.
Growing yourself and your business means that you must continually stretch yourself. And stretching can feel uncomfortable or scary sometimes. It can also be refreshing and exciting. When is the last time you felt super charged by an action you took? Maybe it’s time for a massive injection of fearless action.
Don’t wait another minute. Take time to discover if fear is keeping you from taking action in your business. Then get clear about an action you can take that will move your business forward and do it. Remain attentive and be aware of when fear appears and gets in your way. The next time it shows up, you’ll know how to tackle it.
For more on this topic check out my video about how to overcome fear.
© Stephanie Ward
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