Act with Less Fear

Written by Joe Curcillo

Millions of people have made the decision to be entrepreneurs and independent business operators, and millions more will follow. 

One thing that many of them have in common is preparing for the unknown. What nobody tells someone who decides to become self-employed is that there are numerous things that will get in the way of your plan and that there will be some people who second-guess what they are doing or simply walk away. The good news is that the fear of the unknown doesn’t have to rule your life. 

Fear and hesitation are a reality for all entrepreneurs, but they can become crippling if they are not taken head-on and conquered, While many people have the dream of being an entrepreneur, they don’t find out until they get started that there are ups and downs, and there is uncertainty. You have a choice. You can let your worries keep you from your dream, or you can choose to let them motivate you.

In the current months, many people are teaching business owners and entrepreneurs to “pivot and flex.” No matter what the world has thrown at you, you must always move toward your goal, not pivot into new directions

Once a business owner defines, not only their goal but, their “Unifying Vision” the hurdles and the uncertainty will become a breeze to navigate beyond. A Unifying Vision will allow everyone on your team to be mobilized when they find their own noble purpose in that vision. Your vision will be shared by a team that can overcome all obstacles.

The clarity of your vision will allow you and your team, vendors, and your network to be forward-thinking, innovative, and empowered. The key is to become fully empowered so that you can realize your potential and move through the fear, so you can reach your vision. 

Here are six tips to put you on the road to full empowerment.

  • Balance the fear you feel against the fear of not acting. There is fear and risk in not achieving your goal, too.
  • Find a mentor who can help you through the fear. At one time, the mentor likely experienced fear as well, and will know how to help you move past it. An experienced guide will lead up the mountain.
  • Be Present. Don’t worry about years down the road. Rather, keep your vision in sight as you take it one day at a time. It may create more fear and worry to look at things into the future. Instead, focus on the here and now. 
  • Remind yourself of the reason you chose your path. Everyone has reasons for why they become an entrepreneur in the first place. There may be times when you must remind yourself of what those reasons are. Nurture your Unifying Vision and do not allow it to get lost in the moment.
  • Do not hesitate because of fear. When you hesitate, you give the fear power and it can become stronger. The more you imagine obstacles, the more powerful your imagination will become.
  • Never quit! No matter what route you take, choose to be the best you can be. Never lose sight of your vision. 

Yes, there is some fear, due to stress and challenges, when being an entrepreneur. But it’s important to remember the risks you take are what make the outcome worthwhile.

Those who succeed become empowered as they conquer each obstacle.

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