Fear and self-doubt are natural. Even the most accomplished billionaires feel these emotions just as everyone else does. There is a major difference, however, as they don’t let them prevent them from moving forward to success and achieving their goals.
They often recognize fear and self-doubt for exactly what they are. Signs they are moving forward.
We are conditioned to stay in our comfort zones where it is nice and safe and for an entrepreneur that means stagnation and zero-growth. If we keep pushing our limits and moving outside of this comfy zone it brings back these negative “Cautionary” emotions.
Again, this is natural. What is important is how you handle them and let these emotions influence you. If you let them pull you back to your comfort zone it will cement that you will always stay there and never make progress.
I will give you an example in my own life. I have ADHD and Dyslexia. I hated writing and I was undiagnosed at school. I was just labeled the “problem child.” That negative imprint cemented that I would always be terrible at writing.
Now writing is an essential part of my everyday life. However, my mind was fraught with “I can’t do this, my grammar and spelling are terrible.” Even though we live in the age of spell checkers and grammar checkers thanks to modern technology.
The fact that I write on this blog is a major miracle for me. It is also the main reason I started doing videos instead of traditional sales letters. Instead of letting it stop me I found a way to circumvent my “problem” and move forward to success.
Determination Kicks Fear and Self-Doubt to the Curb
Now, comes the second part I wanted to discuss, determination. Fear and self-doubt are easily overcome by recognizing exactly what these emotions are, chains that are holding you back. Once you recognize this and apply determination to push yourself forwards, success will follow.
Now, I was speaking to a student the other day about this and they said to me “But… I don’t want to fail.” That is a major fear and leads to many self-doubts.
Fear of failure is one of the leading reasons people do not even try. I asked them to think back to when they were children. This is an age when we are all fearless.
Children Are Awesome and Have ZERO Fear
Think for a moment. As children we have ZERO fear. We have not learned that we cannot do anything because we are born with zero negatives that stop us trying things.
That is why as children our parents had to gate off areas of the house or “child-proof” areas because we did not know the dangers that awaited us and we would do anything we felt like.
As we grow, you can ask a child and adult the same question. “Can you play the guitar?”. A child will answer, “I don’t know” where an adult will say “No”. That is a major difference in our mindset and the effect of years of negative mindset.
Risk vs. Reward
Fear of failure is the same. If I asked you right now to speak on a stage in front of 10,000 people most people would say “Hell No!”.
However, if I said I would pay you $100,000,000 to do it most would ask “What time?” This is the risk vs. reward decision we make everyday on microscopic or major levels. The reward or pay-off allows us to overcome the “fear” that holds us back.
Entrepreneurs fail every day. I have and every other millionaire and billionaire has failed. The difference is that failure does not stop progress it merely guides it.
One of my close friends who is a multimillionaire states that he failed his way to success. Every failure is an opportunity in disguise. Successful entrepreneurs can recognize that, everyone else may miss it. If you face failure with that mindset you will see the opportunities too.
Fear and self-doubt act at “cautions” as we learn dangers and exactly where our safe-zone is. However, as entrepreneurs we take calculated risks, make decisions and push ourselves outside of that safe-zone and never let anything prevent us from succeeding… will you?
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