You’ve done it. You’ve finally started your own business. It’s all so exciting, you’re pumped up about your product and full of the adrenaline that comes with starting something new. Suddenly, the big green monster of self doubt creeps in and you start wondering….am I even qualified? What if I fail? What will my friends and family think?
If you’re spending more time worrying about your business than working your business, chances are fear is holding you back from your full potential.
Sound familiar, babe? Fear is a totally normal emotion, but it doesn’t have to paralyze your business or your success. Let’s talk about some of the most common triggers for fear, and how you can overcome it!
Am I Even Qualified?
Imposter syndrome is so real, babe. It sneaks in when we’re feeling most confident and knocks us right off of our feet.
The self doubt rears its ugly head and suddenly has you questioning:
Am I even qualified to be doing this?
Why would anyone want to listen to me?
Do I deserve success?
Are my products high-quality?
These kinds of questions can be debilitating, and cause that self-doubt to grow bigger and bigger until we are tempted to quit.
But babe, don’t quit.
Instead, try writing down a list of facts. Overcoming imposter syndrome means letting go of your feelings about something; whether it be yourself, your products, or your business as a whole, and focusing on the facts.
What do your customer testimonies say? What are your qualifications? Remember, qualifications don’t have to be a fancy degree- what are your life experiences? Your work experiences? Babe, you deserve every ounce of success because YOU put in the work.
One of the best ways to overcome imposter syndrome and press forward is by reaching out to a friend. Don’t feel like you have to keep these feelings to yourself. Everyone needs a cheerleader, sometimes! Talk to a friend or a family member (or DM me!) about how you’re feeling. We are always harder on ourselves than we should be, and sometimes it just takes a fresh perspective to remind you how very capable and deserving you are!
But What If I Fail?
Everyone, and I mean everyone, experiences the fear of failure at some point in their life. This fear is even more predominant in the world of small-business entrepreneurship. What if I invest all of my time and resources into this business, and it doesn’t work? What if I fail?
Oh, but my darling. What if you fly? You have got to give yourself permission to fail. It happens, all the time- but babe, that’s how we learn! Growth comes from learning lessons, and using those lessons to improve, change and bolster our businesses.
Will people laugh at me if I mess up? What will my friends and family think? What if I lose customers? In a world dominated by social media, these kinds of failure fears are so common. Remember, you don’t need to be anyone other than yourself. By remaining immobilized out of a fear of failure, you are literally robbing yourself of the opportunity to mess up- and grow from it!
If I’m being honest, fear is an emotion that will probably always find a way to sneak back up on you. It happens to everyone, myself included. The most important thing to remember is that you have the power to overcome it by reminding yourself just who you are and how far you’ve already come.
"Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success." - Dale Carnegie