You’re sitting at your computer, working on advertising for your business. There is that phone call you need to make to a new prospect, or that video email you promised yourself you would create.
Instead, you find yourself glued to your chair, preferring to keep on doing the activity you already know how to do, rather than tackling the new one. There is a subtle or not so subtle fear that creeps in every time you think about doing it. You convince yourself that this preferred activity is important, that you are conscientiously working on your business. But you’re not fooling anyone, least of all yourself.
This is a trap we all face – one we need to recognize and deal with if we want to actually move our business forward. We have to learn how to help ourselves move out of our comfort zone.
The first thing to remember is that the act of creating a business by its very nature means that you will be constantly moving out of your comfort zone. You will step into new territory, become comfortable, then step out again. Over and over. And this is not just you – everyone who has made the journey to success in a home business has done the same, and faces the same fears that you do.
So, during your working hours, stop every once in a while and ask yourself, “Is there something important I need to be doing, that I am putting off?” If the answer is yes, then notice how you are feeling, and look for the cause for the delay. If there is no real reason for not doing it, maybe this is a step into new territory, and you are nervous or afraid to step out.
It’s important to actually notice when you are are feeling fear of something new, because it is only when you notice that you can take steps to deal with it.
Okay, so you’ve discovered that the next important task in your business is not getting done because your are not comfortable doing it, you are afraid to try it, you’re afraid you’ll blow it. Great – now at least this fear is not flying under the radar, and you have the opportunity to make a different decision about it.
Talk to yourself about your fear. Be kind, be firm. Give yourself permission to blow it. Give yourself a reward for trying. Remind yourself that that unaddressed fear is sapping your energy, and it is far better to give the task a good try, no matter the result, than to be drained by fear of doing it.
And, most important, remind yourself that you do not need to do this task perfectly – you are learning!
To Your Success!
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