It’s time again to ring in a new year by celebrating with family and family, reflecting on the prior year. Our career is often a critical focus area deserving of our attention. Maybe 2017 is the year to ask yourself some thought-provoking questions:
Is my job invigorating or is it sapping my energy?
Do I create my own schedule and have the flexibility to attend important events with my kids and spouse? Or does someone control my destiny?
If I stay where I am today, will I be able to build enough wealth to retire comfortably and be financially secure through retirement?
If you're unable to answer “yes” to the above questions, it may be time to consider becoming your own boss. However, sometimes when we think of change, the word “fear” gets in the way of achieving our life goals.
Could fear be standing in your way? According to dictionary.com, fear is defined as “a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger evil, pain, etc. whether the threat is real or imagined;”
When considering business ownership, it’s common to feel fear:
- Fear of failure
- Fear of success
- Fear of change
- Fear of the unknown
And the list goes on…
Fear has often been referred to as an acronym, F.E.A.R., which stands for False Evidence Appearing Real. So, if we are not in impending physical danger or pain, then we are creating an illusion of fear in our heads, preventing us from pursuing our dreams.
How do we manage fear?
It’s important to let go of our past failures, so they don’t define our future. In fact, many people believe that one must fail several times before experiencing success. We can take a lesson from Michael Jordan, one of the greatest NBA basketball players of all times who said:
“I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” ― Michael Jordan
We as humans can control our thoughts by becoming more aware of how we process our experiences. It’s a method that will require awareness, positive self-talk, razor-sharp focus and consistent practice. By concentrating on these new behaviors, we can overcome our fears, step out of the comfort zone and live our best life!