Guest Post by Ashley Brown of Sosocii
Do one thing every day that scares you. -Eleanor Roosevelt
What is fear and how does it manifest within a business setting?
Fear is a response activated by a perceived peril; either involving a risk of imminent danger, a threat to security or an overwhelming concern for a future event. Within the business world, these threats are more likely to be psychological rather than physical. There’s no denying that fear can in fact be helpful in certain situations and indeed help us in times of danger. However, when it comes to business, how you react can determine your success.
Key triggers of fear include: fear of failure, fear of risks, fear of financial problems and fear of the unknown. We are often hesitant to try something new. Why? Well we’re creatures of habit and routine allows us to experience a sense of control and predictability. Therefore, such changes force us out of our comfort zone and into a realm of risk and uncertainty. The key lies in learning to avoid self-sabotaging your business with negative thoughts that often originate from a fear of failure. If you want to succeed, you must be willing to experience failure along the way, as fear and success often exist alongside each other.
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Failure is the key to success; each mistake teaches us something. - Morihei Ueshiba Click To Tweet
It is impossible to completely eradicate fear in either personal or business life. It will always exist within some format, however it’s important to work on reducing the grip it has on your life and your decisions. The remedy for fear is a strong belief in yourself, your business and your product. So try not to allow yourself to get sidetracked with those fears and self doubts. Instead try to establish some strategies to help push you into action focusing on the next right step for your business. Not all of the one hundred upcoming decisions, but that immediate one that needs to be considered above all others. For each step you take will push you that bit closer to your overall vision.
Tips to overcome fear in business:
- You don’t have to be an expert from the beginning, we’re all on a journey of lifelong learning.
- Remember that we have all failed at some stage and experiencing that pain helps us to truly appreciate the exhilarating highs of success.
- Learn from your mistakes- allow them to inform future planning.
- Try not to focus on any inadequacies and instead build yourself up as you appreciate your proficiency.
- Take action in the form of a business plan complete with goals. A clear vision helps to reduce those feelings of insecurity and uncertainty.
- Minimise risks by weighing up the pros and cons of each key step.
- Be inspired by successful entrepreneurs.
Within my own business, I have found that each time the self doubts start to creep in, it is merely moments before I celebrate a big win. So I try to remind myself of this ongoing cycle and push myself beyond the fears, thus forcing myself to focus on the goals ahead. Each time I succeed in achieving those targets, I am delighted I kept pushing through those challenges. As it suggests that those lessons arose in order to lead me to this very moment and so I look toward the future with overwhelming excitement.
Will you choose to push past those fears and pursue a positive pathway throughout your business journey?
I am Ashley, founder and managing director of Sosocii. We offer business support in the form of virtual assistance and social media management. I get a massive thrill out of engaging with other business owners and I have a particular passion for working with other mums in business. I get a great deal of satisfaction in providing relief for busy small business owners, helping to minimising their stress and workload while delivering a focused and friendly service.