Entrepreneurs: Overcome Fears and False Beliefs

Be honest, when you were brainstorming all the things that you want to do and have in your life, was there a little voice in the back of your head that started talking smack? You’re not worthy, you’ll never have that – whatever your inner smack-talk might be. It’s only natural. Your brain is trying to protect you. It wants you to stay in your comfort zone. The good news is, you can reprogram your mind to overcome your limiting beliefs.

We all have that little voice in our head. It is not our best self. It is our ego protecting us from being hurt, or being humiliated. It’s a fear response, but once you understand that it’s just your body and your mind trying to protect you from harm, you can notice those bad thoughts that pop up and tell you you’re not good enough. Then, you can say to yourself, “I’ve got this.” Feel how much better that feels.

Maybe you’re trying to start a business, and you’re using some new software. Lots of people who begin with a new software either will find the platform perhaps overwhelming or daunting, maybe there are technical aspects and they don’t know if they’ll be able to navigate them.

Perhaps you’ll tell yourself that you’re too old, or you’re too stupid to learn a new technology. Notice again that this is that little crappy voice in the back of your head trying to protect you from harm. Simply look at that thought, realize it does not serve your best interest.

Instead replace it with a thought such as, “I got this. I am smart and capable. I master new technology easily.”

What did I do there? I have just affirmed my capabilities to the universe, and I replaced a negative thought with a positive life-giving thought.

Affirmations are powerful tools that can help a reprogram your mind for success. If you haven’t used affirmations before, the time to start is now. Affirmations have made a huge personal difference in my life, and they will help you too.

Perhaps you procrastinate. I sure have had times in my life when I was the queen of procrastination. I claimed that title like it was something to be proud of.

Procrastination can derail your momentum and success. Working to  overcome a lifelong habit of procrastination was easier than I thought it would be once I started using affirmations.

Quite simply, I reprogrammed my brain to think that I take Massive Action on a daily basis. I affirmed that I accomplish my goals and face new challenges with ease.

When I was younger, scientists believed your brain was fixed once you reached physical maturity. Now, science has discovered things that it’s possible to change the way that your brain works. This ability to change the brain is called neuroplasticity, and it’s a super-freakin-cool concept. But that’s not what I want to talk about today.

I want to talk to you about how your beliefs may be holding you back. I want you to take a moment and write down three things that you’re afraid of.

I don’t mean I’m afraid of spiders, or I’m afraid of snakes. I mean what are you afraid of as it relates to your business goals.

Have you done it? Good!

Your fears and failures tell you, “I cannot do it.” This is very destructive thinking. We all do it. However, the purpose of this exercise is to make you aware of any experiences you’ve had in your life that are holding you back.

I want you to stop for a moment, and think about your fears and failures without getting hard on yourself. I want you to learn the lessons from those experiences. Once you learn what you need to learn, you can gently thank the experience for teaching you and helping you grow. Then, for the love of tacos, let it go!

It’s only natural that we have experiences in our life that make us afraid to move forward. We want to change, no we NEED to change, and yet we’re afraid. We’re afraid to move forward. We’re afraid to fully commit.

Now, if you don’t fully commit what sort of results do you think you’re going to have? You can tell yourself that you’re going to give it your all, but if you are protecting your ego from failure you will never be able to give your full effort. So, learning how to deal with these fears well, in my experience, was something I found very helpful.

One of the things I did was I joined an online community of like-minded entrepreneurs with whom I could share my fears and get support. I quickly discovered the same fears I had, the same failures I’d experienced, repeated over and over again in the group.

Now, should this tell you that you’re destined for failure because so many people experienced it? Absolutely not!

What this should tell you is that you are not alone. Hopefully you can pick up strategies and tips that other people have used to get through their fears. You know, sometimes even just sharing a fear makes it less scary. Hearing about other people’s failures can help you see your own in a different light, as the learning experiences they are. Sometimes, by helping other people come to terms with their fears and failures you get a better handle on your own.

Being an entrepreneur is not easy it’s a lonely road and if I could give you one piece of advice say find a group of entrepreneurs like you. They will be your support.

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