Today I felt compelled to talk about fear. Specifically my fear, and how I allow it to stop me from taking action. See I want to start a business. Desperate to. It’s just been something I’ve always wanted to accomplish. To have a successful business, but fear has and does always stand in my way.
Take a look at www.carpetcleantoledo.com. This is a business that was started by a friend of mine. Now get this. He literally started this business with just a website. No equipment, no way to actually service any leads that came his way, no registered company name, and no tools (accounting, payment, etc) to actually run the business. He put up a website, filled it with content, put a phone number and a form on it and then worked to get it seen. He figured if the concept proves out, he can figure the rest out as he goes. What’s the worst that can happen?
I have many friends like this, that have started businesses and generally they all started pretty much the same way. As a haphazard confluence of sloppy actions that inevitably moved them forward to the ultimate conclusion… a new business. They didn’t have to have all the answers up front. They didn’t have to have all the tools in place before they started looking for customers. And they certainly didn’t have it all figured out before they jumped in without a net. Unfortunately I don’t naturally do any of that. Fear stops me at each step. I feel like I need all the answers before I proceed. I feel like I should have all the tools I’ll need before I start. I feel like I should have it all figured out ahead of time. And in the end, all of the “feeling” is just fear disguised as caution and logic.
See all it really takes to start a business, is to have something someone wants (a product, service, experience, etc) and someone to buy it. If enough people want what you have, you have a business. Everything else can, and usually is, worked out along the way.
I admire this mentality and want it for myself. Now this business of his might not pan out, but he jumped first and figured he’d learn the other stuff as he had to. That’s the mindset of a budding entrepreneur.
So I guess the point of this post is to convey that fear shows itself in many disguises. Procrastination, “super” planning (never actually doing), making logical arguments as to why something can’t happen yet, etc. That fear is standing between you and something better. When you recognize it for what it is, take action to overpower it. Fear can’t exist where action does.
Till next time.