Today we’ll discuss the three things that get in the way of starting, growing, and succeding, in business. Those three things are fear, worry, and stress. Below are some tips on how to manage these emotions.
- Know where the fear, worry, and stress are coming from
That voice in your brain that manages your fears and anxieties is part of the ancient, evolutionary, defense mechanism. Your bran is simply trying to protect you and keep you comfortable. Don’t let the prehistoric part of your brain take control over you. Make sure that you are the one making informed decisions about your life.
- Do your homework and get the facts
So many times we get worried and afraid because we’re skipping ahead. Because we’re guessing “Well if I can’t get a customer then I’m never going to make money. If I don’t make money, then I can’t pay the rent. If I can’t pay the rent then I’m gonna be living in a box under a bridge”. We swirl ahead, but if we employ a strategy where we do the homework we can break that cycle. Don’t get blocked because you think you know the facts. Get the facts!
Does your fear revolve around not having money to start a business? Many people often talk themselves out of good ideas, good business ventures, and even good career choices because they’re guessing about their money. Make a budget, write down on paper what it costs you to live, how much do you make, how much are your bills, how much do you have saved? Write it down to have it in front of you so you can get the facts about your money.
- Turn your fear into excitement (turn your fear into something positive instead of focusing on the negative)
When you feel the fear overwhelming you before an event, before a phone call, etc., take a deep breath and focus on the positive in the current situation to turn your fear into excitement. If you’re excited about what you do, that will help get over the stress and worry and your fear will turn into confidence. People can feel that!
Remember that every time you start something new or do something that is out of your normal everyday routine, you are going to experience some level of fear, worry, and stress. That is the ancient part of your brain trying to keep you safe to continue doing the things that you’re already comfortable doing.