There’s a monkey on my back.
And, if you’re an entrepreneur, he’s on yours, too (at least occasionally).
He’s loud, smelly, and won’t shut up.
Worst of all–he flings F.U.D.
Fear. Uncertainty. Doubt.
It’s a toxic combination. And if you let it, it’ll make you sick.
Your business will suffer. Your productivity will plummet. And you’ll start to question why you even began…
But there is a cure.
Here are 3 simple ways entrepreneurs can kill F.U.D. and get back to business.
1) Dealing with Fear
I recently spotted a Tony Robbins quote that got me thinking:
When you are grateful fear disappears and abundance appears.
When you’re grateful, your consciousness expands. You’re able to see opportunities better because you aren’t focused on lack or scarcity.
Gratitude helps you focus.
So, what practical steps can you take to become more grateful?
Here are a couple of ideas:
- Call a friend and thank them for their friendship.
- Call your parents and thank them for raising you (Your mom’s worried about you, ya know).
- Thank your boss for being so cool (even if she isn’t).
- Handwrite a thank you letter to a client.
Try it. It works.
2) Dealing With Uncertainty
“Is what I’m doing getting me to where I want to go?”
Or, “Will this work…?” I’ve asked myself these questions more times than I’d like to admit.
And honestly, not having all the answers can feel like torture. The one thing that’s helped me deal with these feelings is to stop thinking and start doing.
Dealing with uncertainty means taking action until something happens. One way to do this is to take what Tony Robbins calls “massive action.”
When you’re determined to make something happen, something usually does.
3) Dealing With Doubt
“I’m not sure if I can do this…” is a normal feeling.
When you’re grinding hard but not seeing results right away, it’s easy to get caught up in an endless circle of self-doubt.
Going after your dreams is hard. That’s why it’s important to have faith.
And in case you’re starting to shake your head, faith isn’t just woo-woo talk. It’s a necessary ingredient for every entrepreneur.
Successful entrepreneurs take leaps of faith into nets that don’t yet exist.
When you press on and believe in yourself no matter what, other people will believe in you, too.
Have faith that what you’re doing is producing the results you seek. Things will happen.
Leaving F.U.D. Behind
So there you have it.
Be grateful, take action, and have faith that it will all work out.
When you embrace this strategy, you’ll get where you want to go faster and have more fun in the process.
And best of all, you’ll get that monkey to shut up and behave itself.
Are you a business owner/entrepreneur dealing with F.U.D.? If so, how do you deal with it? Let me know in the comments below.