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3 Ways to Stop Fear From Stealing Your Dreams

As seen on Forbes.

Welling up in the pit of your stomach. You know the feeling. It’s the ugly monster called fear.

For entrepreneurs; fear is a way of life. But how do we deal with it? How do we keep it from stopping us dead in our tracks on the way to success?

Here are 3 ways we can beat back the monster of fear on our way to entrepreneurial greatness:

1.) Just Do Things Afraid

This one’s not really about overcoming or beating fear at all. It’s more the case of fear becoming like your little buddy. Always hanging out with you. Just sticking around like a slightly annoying pest.

But when the little monster called fear starts trying to influence your decisions in a negative way; you must take action. You immediately shut it down and say; “Thanks my little buddy — but I’m doing this anyway. So you can shush now and get back in your seat behind me”.

And then — with a swift flick of your index finger — you boot the little guy to the back of the bus and carry on your way.

2.) Learn How to Effectively Mitigate Risk

Serial entrepreneur Brandon Mills and Clean Bottle Founder and CEO David Mayer were good at this when they started. Figuring out how to mitigate risk.

And how does this help beat back the fear monster?

Because it provides the comfort of a safety net.

For example, David really wanted to start his own business. So he did — but under the safety umbrella of a full-time corporate job. Thus, he was able to step out and take the risk knowing he still had a paycheck and full benefits in case something went drastically askew.

Only when he and his wife felt comfortable enough with the income and prospects from Clean Bottle did he take the final plunge of resigning his corporate position to grasp the reins full-time in his business.

Classic example of mitigating risk to overcome fear.

3.) You’re Going to Die Anyway

Love this quote from Steve Jobs;

“Remembering you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.”

Yes — death is coming to you someday my friend. Steamrolling on its path right to your front door. You can’t stop it. You can’t change it.

But you can use this harsh reality to change your perspective — and perhaps even change your life. You see — what Jobs discovered was a place he could operate in of “semi-reckless abandon”. The realization and acceptance of the grim reaper coming one day regardless of what he did made it easier to step out and take action despite any fear.

And so the same is for you. Tomorrow is coming whether you do anything with today or not. So why not do something with today? In the grand scheme of things; what is there really to be afraid of once you realize 150 years from now not one single person alive today will be here anyway — including you?

Please don’t let fear dictate your life as an entrepreneur. You can do it. You can press past the ugliness of fear to achieve something great. Make up your mind right now and repeat after me:

“I refuse to let fear stop me and I am worthy of every dream I aspire to reach.”

Nicely done. Now go get ‘em entrepreneur…

NOTE: If you don’t know me, I’m Eric. Husband, father & life-long entrepreneur

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About the Author: Eric T. Wagner is a husband, father and life-long entrepreneur. After starting multiple businesses, Eric is now focused on helping other entrepreneurs find the path to success in business and life. You can also catch his gig on Forbes or connect with him on Google+.

Comments

  1. That a great teaching Eric i have been have some sense of fear about some challenges but since you said all that which can kick it out so am going to work on it thank you so much Eric your are my mentor I can’t afford to miss your lessons.

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