Do it scared: Why fear will help your startup succeed
SEE ALSO :Cutting it in the jewelry businessWhen you realise that, you can walk much faster the next time you’re on a tightrope. By structuring deals so you cannot lose, you can seize opportunities that scared others. Write it down, then prove it wrong If you keep a journal, this tip is for you. First, write down what you’re afraid of. “I’ve wasted my life.” “No one cares about me.” “Everyone thinks I’m a big loser.” Whatever your brain is bullying you into believing, get it out of your head and onto paper. Next, write a rebuttal to your fear. The first time you try this, you might struggle to think of something, but keep trying. Write what your biggest fan would say. Summon your inner defense attorney to build an argument. Jot down all the evidence that undermines your fear, even if you think it shouldn’t count. Then rinse and repeat. Create a stockpile of counterattacks you can turn to the next time your fear is invoked.
SEE ALSO :Business lessons from rapper RussHowever, if you can’t bear to face your “I suck” fears, or you can’t think of any evidence to the contrary, get a second opinion. You’ve got friends, coworkers, and family members who are just itching to tell you what they think about something, right? Confiding in a person you trust can give you strength you never knew you had. Do it scared Each of us dreads an imagined worst-case scenario. The next time you find you’re holding back on something you really want to do because of fear, worry or insecurity, do it scared. Jump in. We often wait for the perfect time to come along. We look for life to hand us an invitation and to feel easy and comfortable, but we know most rewards in life don’t come without work. No pain, no gain. If there’s something you want to do and you’re waiting for your fear to pass, suck it up and do it scared. Don’t let the opportunity pass you by. The chance of a perfect easy route to present itself is low, so don’t wait. Feel it, move past it and go for it! Put it into perspective I’m reminded of an excerpt from 14 Ways To Conquer Fear by Josh Steimle that perfectly summarises how to focus on others as your motivation. Hyrum Smith, the co-founder of FranklinCovey, once asked a mother in his audience during a presentation if she would be willing to cross a standard metal ‘I beam’ placed from the roof of one skyscraper to another. She said no, she wouldn’t. He asked her if she would do it for a million dollars, and added that now there was a bit of wind and some raindrops falling. She still wouldn’t. Then he told her to imagine he was holding her child over the edge of the opposite building, and if she wasn’t there in 10 seconds he would drop the child. What do you think her answer was under those circumstances? Exactly. Who is the most important person in your life? What would overcoming your fear mean to them? How would it impact your life with them? Do it for them.
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