Fear is a normal emotion we all experience throughout our lives. It could be fear of failure, fear of the unknown, or fear of taking risks. As an entrepreneur, it’s important to embrace your fears, understand them, and use them to fuel your success.
What if I told you, fear can be a great motivator when used correctly. It’s up to you to define what fear is to you and decide whether you’ll allow it to limit your progress. I want to explore three ways you can leverage fear to achieve your goals.
One of the best outcomes of fear is its ability to help you focus.
When you’re afraid of something, it’s difficult to think about anything else. Your mind is fixated on the object of your fear, and you become hyper-focused. Instead of fighting this feeling, you can use it to your advantage.
Begin to ask deeper questions when it begins to creep in your head. What am I really afraid of? Has this happened before? What are the outcomes if I ignore versus address the fear?
Use your fear to really hone in on your goals and what you need to do to achieve them. Fear can be a great motivator to push you forward and help you stay on track.
Fear can also assist you take action faster.
When you’re afraid, it’s easy to become paralyzed and do nothing. However, it’s important to recognize that taking action in spite of your fears is one of the best ways to overcome them.
Fear can be a powerful motivator to take action and face your fears head-on. If you’re afraid of public speaking, for example, force yourself to speak in front of others until you’re comfortable.
This sounds easy in theory but it’s not. I have suffered from panic attacks most of my life. It seems simple to say “face the fear”, but unless you’ve experienced the overwhelming fear from a panic attack it’s difficult to understand why we want to avoid the pain. You could say fear has power over our actions. So, it’s important to take the emotion out of the internal head chatter. What would you say or advice you would share if that same situation happened to a friend? Detach from the outcome and focus on the process.
The more you face your fears, the less power they have over you.
Fear can actually help you grow.
Facing your fears can be uncomfortable and scary, but it’s also one of the best ways to grow and develop as a person. By pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone, you’ll learn new things about yourself and discover what you’re truly capable of. Fear is a great motivator to pursue personal and professional growth, and to achieve your goals. This is only true if you decide you’re going to look at fear as a tool and not a weapon against yourself.
So, the simple statement is fear is a great motivator when used correctly. Never let your fears limit your progress as an entrepreneur – instead, embrace them, understand them, and use them to your advantage.
By focusing on your goals, taking action, and pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone, you can use fear to achieve great things.
Remember, your definition of fear will determine your outcomes. Don’t let it hold you back!
Almost every “Professional Speaker” on the planet claims they’re number one in whatever topics they speak on. It’s not how many books you’ve written that matters, but rather what best practices you can transfer to the audience, based on a proven track record.
This is where Brian Parsley isn’t your ordinary presenter. He began his career selling door to door over 30 years ago. Since then he’s been a serial entrepreneur, building three highly successful organizations and selling two over the past two decades.
Brian is currently a managing partner in the global consulting firm, The Constance Group. His work has given him the opportunity to share his methodology and allowed him to use his gifts of teaching and speaking on an international platform on topics of sales optimization, building loyal customers, and leadership strategies that drive profits.
He teaches behavioral science around why people do what they do and how to manipulate challenging scenarios with good intent. His messages are powerful but filled with humor and stories so they resonate and can be recalled.
Fun fact, Brian has close to one million followers on TikTok doing fun pranks. He may be in his 50’s, but he’ll never lose his sense of humor.