We are all faced with fear at various times in our lives and our business. What do you do when fear takes a hold over your business?
I had a fear of bananas! Yes, I know it is irrational, but it had been with me for as long as I could remember. I couldn’t even say the word without feeling anxious and don’t even think about eating one in front of me? I felt sick and had to remove myself from the situation. I remember being at a bbq party and bananas were the pudding! I did not enjoy myself at all once I found that out and the whole party ended up being a massive stress to me.
Luckily I came across a hypnotherapist who sorted out that issue for me. I still won’t eat one but I am much better in dealing with them – they seem to be everywhere!
On looking back I missed out on a lot as I avoided going anywhere bananas would be. I missed out on conversations, fun and laughter due to this irrational fear. In the past I went to a breakfasting networking group – if someone took the light breakfast (including bananas) I rarely listened effectively to what they were saying as all I could think off was “don’t look at the banana!”
What does fear do to you? I have one client who doesn’t like the telephone – won’t make calls and won’t answer them either (unless a recognised number appears). What if that was you? Would you respond by email/letter? What if your prospective client only wants to talk on the phone? Would that put you out of the picture? Could you potentially be losing business?
What we focus on is what will be enhanced. If we focus on the fear in our business – it will grow. We need to learn to work with our fears – notice I said work WITH them. Some fears are deep rooted within us so we need to find away to work with them so that we can move past the issue and be fruitful.
Let me know what stops you in your tracks and what ways you have overcome your fears in the comments below.