Overcome Your Fears and Bring Your Dream of Starting an Online Business Into Reality!
By: Bailey Holtz
We all have fears, right? Whether it’s the fear of being alone, not being successful, not living up to our full potential or simply the fear of getting something new started. No matter your fear it’s time to examine ways to overcome the fears that are stopping you from bringing your dream of starting an online business into reality.
Let’s start from the beginning when you were a child. You were probably afraid of witches, goblins, monsters, and all things that go bump in the night. Right? At times, you’d find yourself paralyzed with fear at night. You heard something strange and lie there afraid of what might lurk in the shadowy depths of your closet. You remember being unable to fall back asleep, but also unable to run into your parents’ room for comfort. It was a terrible feeling, right? FEAR can be paralyzing if you let it…
Now, you can laugh at all the things that made you scared back then. How young and naive you were, how simple your problems then! Now, of course, you have real, adult fears that keep you up at night. For instance, not being able to pay the bills, failing at work, angering our bosses, disappointing your children, not being able to retire…this dizzying list could go on forever.
These are real fears, right? They are legitimate fears that you cling on to. We all tell ourselves, if we aren’t afraid, then everything will go off the rails. So this leads us all to keep these fears in place as chain-link fences around our lives and aspirations. If you are ever tempted to escape, to try something new, to venture outside of your comfort zone, the fence of fear will keep you safely contained. Because it feels better to be afraid and safe than fearless and untethered.
What we often don’t realize until it’s too late is that many of our present, adult fears are just as irrational as our childhood ones. Often, we put them in place so we don’t have to contemplate the vastness of our dreams or the incredible extent of our abilities.
It feels unpleasant to think about all the things you aren’t doing with your life, so you just pretend that you have no choice in the matter. Too many mouths to feed. Too many loans to pay off. You can’t, you shouldn’t, You won’t. You are letting fear win!
Ask yourself these questions…
- What if you could be a responsible adult minus the crushing fear?
- What if you could wake up every day with confidence that you can meet all your financial needs AND pursue your interests and passions?
Sounds pretty great, right? At Pure-Ecommerce, we see first-hand that it is possible to be fiscally responsible and lead a life you enjoy. Every day, we work with people who have decided to stop allowing FEAR to sit in the driver’s seat. We get to see people start to take control of their destiny and fall in love with their lives a little bit more. We specialize in the transition from fear-based living to aspiration-based living and have the tools to help you make it happen. If you dream of crushing your fears and starting an online business that’s all yours. You’ve come to the right place!
Read on to discover how to conquer your fears, and move forward with purpose…
Expel Your Irrational Fears!
According to Productive and Free, putting things on paper helps us see when our fears are irrational and when they are legitimate. It’s very important to make a distinction between legitimate and illegitimate fears!
Legitimate fears can be useful because they lead us to productive actions. On a sheet of paper, write down all the fears you have about starting your own online business. The key here is to be ultra-specific. If you are afraid you won’t be able to send your kids to college if you start your own business, then outline exactly why you think that. If it’s difficult to explain why you are afraid, then it might be an irrational fear. Cut it out of the equation! Let it worry you no longer.
When you take the time to write down your intentions it gives you the opportunity to really explore them in more detail. For instance, you can take the time to clarify your goals, priorities, and intentions. Plus, by writing things down this will increase your motivation and drive to overcome your fears. By writing down your overall intentions, goals and even fears it gives you the opportunity to examine them. You can then make a plan to put your goals in action and ways to expel your irrational fears!
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Often times it is a hard task to think about ourselves. You are always busy thinking and doing things for others. Well, it is time to think about YOU! Yes, it can be frightening focusing on yourself. Although in order to overcome any fears you may about starting an online business you need to research yourself.
Ask yourself these questions…
- Do you have the desire to be your own boss?
- Are you will to make a plan, stay focused and work hard to start your dream business?
- Will starting an online business be a good next step for you?
- What is the hard evidence that you can succeed in a role like this?
If you’re ready to get started then now it’s time to take a look at yourself and what you have to offer your business. According to the Harvard Business Review, finding the right position for you requires a cold, hard look at your work history. First, list those strengths! What have you enjoyed in your previous jobs? Be specific, and try not to be biased in favor of starting a new role (for example, “I am good at curating product collections and organizing home offices!”). Ask others for their insights on your strengths (and possible weaknesses!). Look at previous feedback you’ve received from your bosses, and then practice “hiring yourself” for your current job. Would you? Why or why not? What skills did you need to acquire, and what did you have on hand already?
As a final step, return to your original list of strengths and modify them according to the new information you’ve received. You will come away with a better picture of yourself as a worker, and a better understanding of whether or not you will be suited to starting your own online business.
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Create a Plan
Once you’ve decided that starting your own business is the right move for you, then it’s time to create a plan. You need to prepare harder than you’ve ever prepared before! Because, again, dispelling fear is not enough. You need to be fearless and prepared! But if you’ve done the hard work of ridding yourself of the worries that have governed your life, then this part will be a piece of cake!
Forbes has an excellent article about crafting business plans, which we highly recommend you write. You may not be going to sources for funding, but it is immensely helpful to have a plan in place for yourself, so you can hold yourself accountable, and move forward with a sense of purpose. It also helps you maintain realistic expectations. You may dream of making thousands of dollars in a week, and may then be disappointed if you inevitably don’t. Avoid those sorts of emotional pitfalls by planning ahead!
Luckily for you, Pure-Ecommerce will give you all the support you need on your journey to business ownership. We offer 40 hours of consulting, so you have all the knowledge you need to start off on the right foot. We also have an Elearning Library available to our clients, so you can easily access the information you need at any time of day.
Our team is here to help take the fear out of starting your own online business. Browse our FAQ page for more information, and then get in touch with us to find out we can help you get started!
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