Get your stretchy pants out, y’all! We’re about to deep dive into uncomfortable waters and you’re gonna want to create some breathing room.
There are a few things that I know, deep down, are true about entrepreneurship and this is absolutely one of them.
There is only 1 way to become a badass at something and that’s to do the damn thing.
Even when it’s not perfect. Even when you’re not good at it. Even when you’re afraid.
So whether you’ve already got your online business up, running and rocking or you’re still trying to get the courage you want to pay attention to this one. Because it’s something every entrepreneur (and all of my clients) deal with at one point or another.
Recently, I was talking with a good friend who is at the very beginning stages of starting her online business. As a past executive director at a non-profit, she’s sailed right through the parts that were in her comfort zone. She built the Squarespace website, started the Instagram account and crafted her first set of offerings.
But then it came time to do something new. Something she hadn’t done before. Something that required her to stretch. And it got a little sticky. You know that feeling, right? The sticky thing is usually the one that’s forever on your to-do list and gets carried over from days to weeks to months. It’s not because you can’t do it, it’s because there’s something there that scares you.
For my friend, this was writing content so that she could post it to get visible on social media (aka promote her new business). And while she’s an amazing writer and has written many a grant application, she’s never had to write to promote herself as her brand. Cue all the sticky, scary fears of not being good enough.
Now, I happen to know she has everything it takes to start and scale an online business that brings in both impact and financial gain, she just needs to learn to push past the fear and do the damn thing (in this case it’s learning how to write content).
What I also know is that this is one of the places I see so many of my clients get stuck and one of the top things I work with women on: pushing past their fears and learning things they don’t know to create the business of their dreams.
So today I’m sharing with you the 4 pieces of advice I gave to her (and the ones I give to my clients, too!) to help you push past fear to get more results in your business.
1. Just do it already.
Want to get better at writing (or anything else in business)? Just do it. There’s a reason every athlete on the planet and Nike are obsessed with the slogan. It’s because it’s TRUE. The only way to get better at something is to do it. And then do it again and again and again.
No one because successful became they already knew how. The most successful people I know are the ones who are committed to trying new, scary things and sticking with it until they get good at it.
2. Put your end-game hat on.
How would you act if you were already where you wanted to be? If you had already reached the business dreams, grew the following and made the impact?
Act NOW as if it’s already yours. As if you already have a captive audience who loves you and are dying to hear what you have to say next. Put your end-game hat on and remember the big goal to help you not get stuck in the day-to-day fears.
3. Take a nod from the massively successful people who came before you.
I’ll never forget an episode of Elizabeth Gilbert’s podcast, Magic Lessons, where she was giving advice to a woman who wanted to be a writer but was having a hard time finding the courage to write. Here’s what Elizabeth told her (paraphrased of course): the best writers aren’t the ones who naturally have a massive amount of talent. The best writers are the ones who sit down to write even though they’re scared and afraid and uncomfortable. They’re the ones who keep doing it it even when the first draft is crap. And they keep doing it until the writing gets better because THAT IS THE PROCESS!
4. Believe in yourself.
If you believe you can, you can. She believed she could, so she did. You know all the cutesy quotes...they exist for a reason.
Belief in yourself is essential in anything you want to achieve in your life. And while this is something you ultimately have to cultivate on your own, in the beginning you can totally borrow someone else’s belief.
Often times my clients think they can create the business but they’re not 100% sold on themselves yet. So they borrow my belief. Both in the fact that it’s possible to build an online done-for-you business to 10K+ months (because I’ve done it) and because I have such belief in them and the process that I know if they commit that the sky's the limit for them.
So there you have it. 4 pieces of advice for pushing past fear to create more results in your business.
Cheering you on as you stretch into whatever you decide to conquer next!
Sara Wiles is an Online Business Mentor for done-for-you service providers. She helps Virtual Assistants, Online Business Managers and Social Media Managers go from frazzled to focused, stark to sold out and bewildered to balanced.
Through her unique, personal mentoring style she supports her clients through confidence building, clarity gaining, mindset managing and massive action taking.
She spent 8 years traveling the US producing high-end corporate (and a few celebrity) events before becoming an entrepreneur. After just 4 weeks of starting her business, she filled her roster, replaced her 9-5 income and brought on a team. Sara is also a wife, mama, dog mama, exercise enthusiast, champagne connoisseur and four-letter word addict.
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