One of the top reasons that an entrepreneur won’t succeed with their business is because they’re being held back by fear. It’s good business to be cautious when it counts, but it’s another to hold back because you’re afraid of losing customers or revenue. Perhaps the reason many entrepreneurs fail is due to the actions they take based on fear.
Here are the five top reasons you should attempt to overcome your fears so you can become a successful entrepreneur. Oh, and here’s the good news. When you have your own business, your fears will challenge you constantly. The more you face it, the more you’ll hone your skills to deal with fear.
1. You’re Less Likely to Procrastinate
When you have a fear about something, you’re much more likely to procrastinate. Why does it matter? Procrastinating can cause you to miss out on amazing opportunities that are otherwise yours for the taking. If you’ve looked at the various steps of achieving a business goal and something along the line seems scary for you, you may be less likely to move forward with it. Maybe it means that you’ll have to present in front of people, maybe it’s fear of rejection, or fear that what you want, you won’t get.
Whatever your fears are, if you don’t confront them, it’s likely you’ll stay in the same place you’re at. You won’t get to the goals you set, and you won’t grow your business. When you hold off on doing things you know are important, it’s like an anchor in your mind. You have a difficult time thinking of other things, because your brain is still focused on the problem you haven’t solved.
2. You Prevent Behaviors that Stunt Growth
When you become really afraid of something and you know that overcoming it will give you a reward, it should catapult you past your fear. When it doesn’t, you’ll naturally feel as though you failed in some way. Alternatively, when you decide to do whatever it is you need to do despite the fear, you will experience extreme growth. Doors will open for you that you never knew were there. It’s one of those opportunities in life you get to face your fear and be better for it. You are going to feel good for overcoming a fear. Perhaps the greatest risk is what happens if you don’t deal with things you’re afraid of.
When you cower from the challenge, this can have devastating effects. You might start drinking heavily or become depressed because you disappointed yourself. You allowed some invisible monster to stop you from achieving something important. You might feel like a failure and this type of pain can cause some self-destructive behaviors.
This can cause agitation as well, because you may try to succeed or tackle the problem in a more elaborate way. A way that allows you to not have to touch the fear. The thing is, this is the path of most resistance. Dancing around the problem will take time and energy. Walking through the fear will get you on the other side with very little effort. This is where your success lies.
3. Your Mind is More Clear so You Don’t Lose Focus
Every time you overcome a fear, you will become more confident. On the other hand, if you constantly hide from fear, you will become unglued every time you’re challenged with something you’re afraid of. Overcoming fears makes you unshakeable and as you begin to develop your methods of dealing with things you’re afraid of, you barely bat an eyelid. When your mind is clear, you can make decisions that make your company better.
For every moment you spend in fear, whether it’s just being afraid or trying to maneuver around it, you waste precious time and energy. These thoughts you have due to fear will create even more similar thoughts and before you know it, your mind is overwhelmed with negative thoughts. The more you fear, the more your positive thoughts are set back. Fear doesn’t let you process the situation you’re in calmly.
This means any decision you make in this state is irrational so chances are, it’s not going to be effective. You can end up swimming in so much fear and uncertainty that you take steps backwards. At any rate, you’re certainly not moving forward. Can you imagine any of the top CEOs or inventors getting to where they did by falling under pressure of fear?
4. The Decisions You Make Aren’t Due to Avoiding Your Fears
Fear is extremely distressing when it sets in. The more you’re afraid of, the more vulnerable you are to upsets in your life. When you’re in the midst of fear, your fight or flight responses kick in. Blood goes to areas of the body that will need to respond to the “life threatening” situation the brain thinks you’re in. Less oxygen will go to the brain as it’s given to the cardiovascular system in case you need to run. So it becomes challenging to make decisions when fear steps in front of you. The more you’re afraid of, the more you’ll run into this problem.
5. You Become Limitless
If you want to experience personal growth, fear is one of the main challenges you will need to overcome. Listen to any of the great success stories of old and modern times. You have to strive and constantly push yourself forward. To be limitless, you have to let go of whatever negative feelings you have. Much of what you fear isn’t there.
Maybe you’ll take a risk and lose everything, but maybe you’ll end up with everything you were certain you would get. If you fail, you might lose material items from time to time. You still learn something, and you still know in your heart that you had the courage to go forth. Look at Steve Jobs when he unveiled the Apple computer for the first time. It was a disaster. Yet it was the foundation for success later on.
When you’re in fear of anything, you prevent growth from occurring. When you’re not your absolute best, how will it reflect in your business pursuits? When you’re enraptured in your own fear, you are less likely to rise to the healthy vibrational feelings which include; courage, acceptance, love, enlightenment, and inner peace. While you sit with the vibrational level of fear, you can’t experience the beautiful things in life. You won’t have the courage you need to make decisions that put you ahead of the rest of your competition.