We are all fearful of something and we need to overcome those fears to be able to move on – no matter what they are. FEAR – False Expectations Appearing Real. Again as with so many things in life, we love being in our comfort zone. There is no challenge, no fear in that zone. We need to move away from it to be able to move on in life. It could be something as simple as a fear of Spiders, or changing a job. Its not comfortable when we first do it, but then it becomes more comfortable and we wonder what we were worried about in the first place. 

As the quote says, our fears limit us, and we have probably all heard the quote, “Limits exist only in our minds”. We need to be challenged. The human race thrives on challenges and on overcoming. Not always easy and some more extreme than others, but we do have to overcome those fears.

When we are born, we have no fears. We carry no baggage around with us. Most fears are fed to us by outside sources or by our parents. If they are fearful of something, then we generally pick up that fear from them, and it stops or hinders us from moving on.

As business owners, we will have automatically stepped outside the comfort zone of a “job” situation, and we are faced with all sorts of fears along the way of building our businesses. We know we have to overcome any fears that pop up, but we generally tend to move these to the bottom of the pile of things to do and deal with the stuff we feel comfortable about. I always like to get the difficult stuff out of the way first – the stuff that is more challenging. Yes, its uncomfortable but you do get a sense of massive achievement when you have done it, and you should. 

If you struggle to face these challenges on your own, talk to someone who has been where you are and knows how to overcome or can hand hold you along the way. We are currently in a time of massive change – and have been for a number of years. The current pandemic has just escalated this. We have all – to a degree – become more fearful over the last few months as so many of us are having to make massive changes in our lives – probably more than ever before. 

When we are put under pressure, we become more fearful and  it is very difficult to think clearly, and then we tend to make irrational decisions due to the pressure we are under. So many small business owners have had to shift direction to ensure they can stay in business, many more have not or have not been able to for various reasons, and this increases the fear factor. 

There is an immense of FREE help on offer out there from a number of business owners willing to give their time for free to help us all through this. If you just need a chat or need help, please reach out to me. The offer of free help is there for anyone who needs it – and always will be.

This article was first published on LinkedIn by Richard Knight on 15/12/2020