3 steps to conquer the enemy of fear and kick-start your entrepreneurial dreams.
Fear is real. It’s not some made-up, irrational emotion – fear is a natural response to risk and threat. The brain instantly assesses every situation and the most primal responses take top priority.
This is where opportunity is born. Many people let their “croc brain,” as Oren Klaff calls it, dictate their decisions. A reactive and externally motivated approach like this will never yield the results you want. It will only show your fear and weakness in the face of adversity. Business is ruthless and there will be a reason to quit around every corner. Knowing that going in will help you move past the immediate threats to your physical well-being and social standing in order to make great decisions towards action as quickly as humanly possible.
Your brain is looking out for you. If real threats exist then you will react with a fight or flight response. Many businesses have been saved with knee jerk survivalist reactions but even more have never seen the light of day because of fabricated, intangible threats. The important questions to ask yourself are:
“Will this hurt me or my family?”
“Is anything that I can’t earn back at risk?”
“What are the worst-case scenarios?”
2. Social Standing
Social acceptance is something we all seek. Whether conscious or not, human beings are social creatures and crave validation from their peers. And social relationships often are the starting point for many businesses so a fear of what others may think can quickly shutter the window of entrepreneurial opportunity.
Step out of this fear by looking at others. How do you view the entrepreneurs or freelancers you know? Most likely positively and perhaps a bit enviously. Chances are they have the same fears as you, or they did at one point. There will always be haters, critics, and naysayers. Let them keep doubting, sometimes criticism can be a great way to learn and boost your confidence by encouraging you to innovate new approaches.
3. Take Action
Reaching the point of action is yet another place where fear facilitates the destruction of your goals. Getting past the first two fears is a lot easier than the final step of getting started. Many would-be entrepreneurs arrive here and come to a grinding halt. They can talk about freelancing all day, standing up for their colleagues who have done it, and putting entrepreneurial skills in their LinkedIn profile. But walking up to the cliff and stepping off are two different things.
Getting over this fear is easier today than it’s ever been because resources are oozing from the web. Blogs, YouTube channels, Influencers, free classes, and platforms for marketing yourself are all great ways to start getting over the hump. But don’t mistake education for action. The next step in pursuing freelance work is getting clients and the quicker you do that, the faster you’ll be authentic to those entrepreneurial skills you tout!