Recently in the Startup In 60 group, we were talking about our fears, and specifically, our fear of failure. It can be terrifying to put yourself out there and try to accomplish one of your big life goals.
When you’re visible, everyone will see if you succeed or if you fall flat on your face.
I know a lot of women who have incredible ideas for businesses, but they won’t take the first step because they’re imagining the worst-case scenario that might happen in the distant future. Seriously, they’re picturing themselves losing thousands of dollars or getting hate mail from customers even before they’ve created a website.
Or some people won’t start a healthy lifestyle routine because they’re afraid they won’t lose weight and then they’ll be embarrassed.
I’m not immune to this fear-based thinking either. I delayed on rebranding my business for half a year because I was scared no one would “get it.”
When I start imagining all the frightening ways I could fail, I ask myself “What would you do if you weren’t scared?”
Well, I’d stop sitting around like a lump, that’s for sure! There are tons of things I want to do with my business, places I want to visit, and adventures I want to have in my life.
Here are a few things I’m doing while pretending I’m not scared:
- Prepping the launch of my first in-person group mastermind program, Life Editor Academy. There are so many logistical things to consider: the retreat houses, food, transportation, finding just the right supportive life editors, and planning a yearlong curriculum.
- Searching for a “forever home” for me, Chris, and Skyla. We’re in a rental house now, and I’m wrapping my mind around the idea of moving yet again. This will be move #6 in 4 years.
- Updating my operations manual and researching workflow systems in preparation of hiring my first employee(s). Eek!
Pretending I’m not scared doesn’t always make the fear go away, but at least it keeps me moving forward and acting like the type of person I want to be.
That’s what life editing is all about.
This post focuses on Step 2 of the Life Editing Process, Delete Bad Influences. For more about life editing and what it can do for you, click here.
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