Fear. We all deal with it in different ways.

Fear can be useful. It can serve to keep you safe from harm but it can also be detrimental.

Fear can stop you doing the things that will benefit you. So, sometimes, you need to accept your fear, stare it in the face and still do the thing that frightens the life out of you.

Don’t let fear be the thing that stops you achieving your goals and making your dreams a reality. Especially if that dream is to create a business of your own.

It took me a very long time to work up the nerve to start my first business. My biggest fear was that it would be a failure and I’d look like an idiot.

I know, it sounds vain when I say it out loud but that was a big part of what held me back for so long. And you know what, that first business wasn’t a failure, it wasn’t as successful as I needed it to be, but I sold it, and from a financial perspective, I came out even.

From a personal perspective though, I learned more than I ever imagined and in the end, I didn’t feel like an idiot, I felt courageous.

If you dream of starting your own business, you’re no doubt familiar with the following excuses, too.

Remember, these excuses are just your fear finding an outlet. Don’t let them hold you back.

Find success by kicking these excuses to the kerb

I’m not ready

Trust me, you’ll never be ready. You’re always going to feel apprehensive attempting something new.

There’s always going to be an element of risk with a new venture but there’s no way to know what ready actually means until you’re in the thick of it. Personal growth is also uncomfortable, but the big wins can only happen when you leave your comfort zone.

I don’t have enough experience

Compared to whom? And, according to whom?

The only way to acquire experience is to get out there and do it. No matter what it is, you have to start first and gain experience as you go. If you’re actually considering a business in the field, chances are you already have the experience you need to get started.

I don’t have enough…

Don't let fear-based excuses stop you from achieving your dreams - kick them to the kerb.
Time, money, materials, or whatever your specific not enough excuse happens to be.

If you really want to start your business, you will find a way. You can watch less TV, sell stuff you no longer need, seek out cheaper suppliers for the materials you need.

Recognise ‘lack of’ excuses for what they are; fear whispering in your ear.

I’m not qualified

Unless you’re required by law to have a specific qualification, certification or membership of a professional association, you are qualified. If you’re aiming to serve and help others, you just need a message to share or a solution to a problem. You don’t need qualifications for that.

The business isn’t ready to launch

You know, it probably is ready. If you’re taking the business seriously, then you would have written a comprehensive business plan, if this is the excuse that’s holding you up, then go back to your plan.

  • Have you checked everything off? Yes?
  • Thought of something new to add? No?

Then your business is ready to launch. There’s such a thing as not knowing what you don’t know and the only way to discover what that might be, is to get out there and do it.

The pursuit of perfection is just fear of not being good enough. Well, guess what? You are good enough!

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Starting a business and putting your heart and soul on the line can be terrifying. Fear is a natural and normal response to a situation that is perceived as risky. And, that makes you human.

Trust that you’ve put the preparation in to ensure the best possible outcome and take that leap. No matter the success or failure of your venture, you’ll be better prepared for the next business adventure, and the next, and the next…

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Your turn…

What’s holding you back from launching your business?

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