Looking Fear in the Face

by Janet on September 17, 2010

While I was at my one day intensive on Thursday, I heard over and over again how hard it is for entrepreneurs to step out into their own unique personality.  Here is a list of  some of the things I heard that day:

1.     I have been holding this back (my real personality) all my life
2.     I’m afraid that someone will take my ideas, so I keep them hidden
3.     I don’t want to grow my business because I am afraid of getting sued
4.     My husband doesn’t think I should be transparent
5.     I don’t hire people to help me because I don’t think anyone else can do my work the same way I do.
6.     People might think I am weird

If you really think about these statements, they are all about fear. The fear of showing up full out, no hiding and truly being transparent.  And I totally understand because I have been there too.

I remember when I hired my first coach, she kept telling me that I needed a photo of myself on my website, and I fought that tooth and nail.  I didn’t want my picture on my site.  First that would mean going to get a portrait done, and all that goes with that, not truly being happy with the way I looked.  I really disliked my photo being taken to begin with… the thoughts I had were just crazy making!  I kept thinking that since I didn’t look like the Barbie doll entrepreneur that my photo should NOT be on my site.  The only real successful women are pretty.  Yikes, I am so glad I got over that!

When I finally did put my photo on my site, I felt so vulnerable, but in time that passed.  Then this same feeling appeared again when I did my first teleseminar, I paced back and forth for hours before the call.  I was terrified!  But, I still did it! Now it is my favorite way to connect with my clients.

Once you walk though the fear and get to the other side, you realize that it really isn’t that bad.  In fact, you might just enjoy it.  Don’t let fear stop you!

As some of you already know I have a fear of flying.  I’m not ever excited to get on a plane no matter where I am headed.  But, I do it anyway.  I know many people who just will not get on a plane no matter what and they miss out on things because of it. I won’t let that fear stop me; even though I am scared to death each and every time I board a plane.

So my tip for you today is to try something new in your business.  Something that seems a bit scary and just do it!  There is a song that I absolutely love called “Glitter in the Air”  by Pink.  There is a verse in the song that says, “Have you ever looked fear in the face and said, I don’t care?”  That sums it up for me.

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