fear stopping you from starting a new business?… how to let it go
Natalie Hughes | Jul 16, 2019 | Photograph by: Eli DeFaria
Does starting a new business feel like a big step? You’re probably saying, “No. It feels like a massive, overwhelming leap!” But if you’re thinking it’s impossible, that’s far from the truth. It’s not only possible; it’s possible for you.
Whatever your background, experience, or passion, an entrepreneurial lifestyle can be yours.
Instead of fitting into the office setting or the daily grind, you can make your business fit with you. One of the first steps? Rid yourself of fear.
More than likely, fear is choking out your dream of a career change. I want to talk to you about specific fears. I want to show you how to let them go and root yourself in something better. With a healthier mindset, you can grow and have start up success. You can.
What’s stopping you? Is it the fear of…
There’s something to be said for routine. For the job that demands a particular path each week. You follow the path. You might even be a leader. You know the ropes (and have even tied some of the ropes yourself). But it’s muscle memory mixed in with stress at this point.
You have never felt the need for change so strongly.
Is change really something to fear? The change itself? It’s not. If you’re ready to make a move and make a difference, then change is the only way.
Embrace the idea of a new path. Because the old isn’t working. You’re tired, unfulfilled, maybe wandering aimlessly. You don’t have to be.
This is a big one. It’s ugly. It’s a bully of a thought. You’ve felt rejection in other areas of your life, and it sucks. Rejection damages your confidence and drive. You’re not alone if you’re worried about family, friends, coworkers, banks, the public, or an audience rejecting your dream.
But has your life been too much about what others “accept”? Are you finished with being acceptable in others’ eyes? Ready to put this kind of judgment behind you?
You’ve got a plan you want to pursue. You get one beautiful life to live. If you’re ready for the career change, you can’t let this fear flood your vision. In some ways, your heart is rejecting where it’s at right now.
Rejection be damned. It’s time for your heart to feel alive again. Or maybe for the first time ever. Ready to move forward? Check out how my online mentorship program can help.
The fear of failure. It’s classic. And it’s classic for a reason. We’ve all been here. We fear diving into the water because if we fail, we drown. We fear speaking before the crowd because if we fail, well… it’s back to fear of rejection, right?
Failing yourself stings. And what if this new business leads to failure beyond you? What if it affects your children? Your partner? Your comfortable lifestyle? You might be feeling selfish for dreaming this dream at all.
You can play “what if” forever. Ultimately, if you can’t let go of “what if,” you’re stuck. There will always be the potential for failure.
But there’s also the potential for start up success. It’s so easy to believe it’ll all go wrong. You’ve got to do the hard work and believe that it’ll go right. This will move you past negativity and overwhelming anxiety or guilt you feel.
You’ve perhaps wondered if you are enough. If your idea is enough. Do you have enough courage, strength, and endurance? Will there be enough time? Money? Interest? You’ve seen others’ success. You’ve heard about it. You want this to be your story, too.
Understand right now that your journey will be unique. Your story will be just that. Yours. And you are adequate.
Don’t compare yourself to others too much. Listen. Learn. Hear advice and hold onto what works for you. Carve your own path and be proud it’s different.
Bottom line: Can you make this work? Can you take your business plan and make it your reality? You’ll have to take a chance to give yourself a chance at this entrepreneurial lifestyle.
Respect your dream
Your dream for a better life is everything. Tell yourself that. You’re a human being. If you long for flexibility, freedom, creativity, and energy in the work you do, then respect that. Know it about yourself and respect the hell out of that.
Your dream is not some silly idea. Let these fears of change, rejection, failure, and inadequacy fall from your hands. Loosen your grip and let them go.
Starting a new business is officially on your horizon. You may say, “It’s not that simple.” But it has to be. It has to be so that you can begin the necessary work.
Don’t stop before you even start. Dream your dreams. Respect them. Do something about them.
YOU can be fearless. You can let go.
Maybe you’ve sat down with all of these fears. You know them well. But they’ve been at the party too long. At the core of everything, Miss Uncertainty is the unwanted guest. She’s the lifeblood of fear.
Acknowledge her. She’s real. But don’t think for a second that she has to run the show.
Miss Independent’s Goodbye Day Job online program could be exactly what you need during this exciting (or even fearful) season of your life. Knowing your commitment is key, and I can help you with that. Get started today! There’s really no better time.
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MEET THE FOUNDER Natalie Hughes
Natalie Hughes founded Miss Independent in 2017, to educate and mentor women and help them make their best career and business decisions. Natalie is an experienced business woman and non-executive company director focused on organisational design, strategy, growth and innovation. Her goal is to help you think differently, work differently and feel in control of your own destiny.
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