Fear is something that all entrepreneurs face. But what makes entrepreneurs special is their ability to stop fear, even if just for a moment, to realize their dreams. Learn how to stop fear and conquer your goals. Let’s dive in!
As a kid growing up, I often used my wild imagination to dream up what the future could hold. When I’d build with my Legos, I was as confident in my abilities, building houses, towns, cities and environments in my parent’s basement. But when it came to the real world, fear would often hold me back.
Being a taller than average kid (I stood about 6 feet 5 inches in the 8th grade), everyone around me told I should play basketball. I did play and enjoyed it for the most part. What I didn’t enjoy was the hate I’d receive on and off the court due to my height.
Kids would tell me that if they were my height, they would dominate. And I was simply a “waste of height“. Ouch.
That hurt. A lot.
When I did show aggressiveness on the court, I happened to give a kid a bloody nose, or elbow them in the head. Not on purpose, but it happened because of the height difference. Then kids would say I was too aggressive.
Or that it wasn’t fair I could block their 3-point shots (one of my favorite ways to shut them up).
I couldn’t win.
But it wasn’t the kids around me necessarily being mean.
It was fear.
Fear of allowing myself to play to my full potential.
Fear of not caring what others thought. Until I learned how to stop fear, it always crept in around me, stifling my growth.
Getting Comfortable Being Uncomfortable
As I got older, I grew into my height. I got more comfortable playing basketball and dominating. In college, I got to the point where I could shoot flat-footed 3-pointers fairly consistently (That was my secret weapon!), surprising my opponents.
It felt good to dominate. It felt good to not let fear of hurting the
other players hold me back.
And it has helped me throughout my career.
When You Face Fear, You Are Choosing to Grow
Things that we are fearful of are simply unknown. Chances are, you know someone who has been in a similar situation who could advise you along the way. When you choose to face fear, you are choosing to grow.
When I chose to leave Newport Beach, California for the unknown in Hawaii, I was facing fear. Not knowing anyone on the island, it was pretty intimidating. But it was one of the best moves I made so far in my career. I pushed myself further into the unknown, took on challenging projects, saw the world, built a strong reputation and work ethic, and helped to shape the future of the United States military.
When I chose to move from Hawaii to Chicago, again I was facing fear. Not having a big network in Chicago, I took it on as a challenge to build my network and grow personally and professionally as an entrepreneur.
As Entrepreneurs, We Face Fear Every Day.
Most recently, I launched BX: Brand Experience Podcast on 2 May 2017.
I faced fear. I put my voice out into the world.
The best part? The positive responses I’ve received so far!
4 Ways to Stop Fear Dead in its Tracks
1. Push Yourself Out of Your Comfort Zone
Trust me; nothing will happen if you stay where you are comfortable. Put yourself in a new city and force yourself to navigate. You’ll learn lots about yourself and discover strengths you may not have realized you had in you. When you push yourself outside of your comfort zone, you stop fear.
2. Take Action, Measure and Refine Over Time
One of the biggest hurdles that stifle an entrepreneur from launching a product/service or brand is not taking action. When you take action and measure the results, you can then refine over time. Failing fast, trial and error and refining over time are all forms that stop fear.
3. Believe in Yourself
To immediately stop fear, you must believe in yourself. No matter where you are in your entrepreneurial journey, it begins and ends with you. If you don’t believe in yourself, your product/service and brand, how will you get others to believe in you?
You can have the biggest, most supportive network around you, but if you don’t believe, it does no good. Believe in yourself and stop fear dead in its tracks.
4. Constantly Take in Information and Adjust Your Path Forward
No matter how intentional or meticulous your plans, life doesn’t always go the way you’d like it to. When you let fear in, it usually indicates that new information has been blocked as well.
Think of launching your product or service as a video game. You get your product completed and go live. Then, as feedback comes in, you make adjustments, learn and grow from the objections in order to move to the next level. The key is to get started, and then, to keep going even when you think you can’t go any further.
To stop fear in its tracks, seek out new information, new perspectives, and new ideas. Then, without changing your end goal, adjust your path forward.
Have I Conquered Fear Completely?
I wish I could say that I have no fear. But, that is not the case. Instead, I focus on these four ways above to combat fear, stop it from entering, and focus on taking massive action towards my dreams.
You can do this.
Stop fear dead in its tracks, too.
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