Many people have underlying fears they aren’t ever aware of that can control their daily lives, and ultimately limit their success. Fear works at the subconscious level, meaning that you may not intentionally seek to fail in a certain area, but your inner beliefs are in control.
I recently thought about a fear that I have as it relates to business. Thankfully, it’s not related to my daily work, but I had to ask myself if it was holding me back from success in another arena. I have a choice and that is to live with the fear and not build another successful business, or face that fear head on, and enjoy a new revenue stream. Right now, I am also content focusing on my business, so I don’t need to build another business, but I thought that sharing this might help someone who might be struggling with a lack of success due to fear.
A common fear that holds people back from ever getting started in business is the fear of failure. I have to tell you, if you want to be a successful entrepreneur, you have to get over this one really fast. I am blessed to have had several successful businesses, and for every successful one that I have had, I might have had 10 failed businesses. That number might be higher than the average because my mind is trained to turn everything into a business opportunity. It’s simply how I am wired. In my younger years, I would get a thought, register a domain, and put up a website before I thought the business all the way through. Now, I just register the domain and sit on the idea. If I don’t have a solid plan for it in a year, I let it expire, and that is a much more cost effective way of thinking. I am also married now, so my time isn’t just my own.
Believe it or not, some people have a fear of success. They fear that if they have money, people will come out of the woodwork and want handouts. Some fear that they cannot handle the pressure of success, and many who have never had lots of money even fear that they would blow it on the wrong stuff and somehow get in trouble. I kind of wish more people have that last fear because if I have learned one thing about money, it’s that it makes you more of who you are. If you are a spender, you will be more of a spender. If you are a saver or a giver, the good news is that you will save more and give more.
I am not a therapist, but I believe all fears can be overcome. I also believe God created us all to be successful, and it’s just a matter of getting any roadblocks out of the way – no matter where they originated.
So what about you? What fear is holding you back? Feel free to comment below.
Have a great day!