Top 2 Fears Holding Me Back and How I’m Finally Facing Them

Conquering Fears

Fears hold me back almost daily, so today’s topic is how 2 of my biggest fears have held me back in my career and in my business and how I’m finally facing those fears today. My purpose in writing down these fears is actually part of my plan to face them. For me, the best place to begin my path to overcoming my fears is to lay them out there. To admit them. To declare them.

My second purpose in writing these down is that I’m really hoping someone can read this and relate. Maybe they, too, have fears holding them back from great success in their career and/or business. We all have fears and we all fail to face them. Often it’s because we’re simply not ready. But I’m willing to bed that most of the time it’s because we feel alone.

Well if you’re reading this, rest in knowing that you’re not alone. It’s ok to have the fears that are facing you. But it’s not ok to let them defeat you. So let’s stand together and face our fears and find the true success and happiness we truly deserve.

It’s going to be hard, but it’s also going to be so worth it. So here goes…

1. What will my friends think of me?

For years I’ve written blog posts and even gotten as far as posting them, only to delete them soon after. I also NEVER post them on social media. Why? Because I’m totally afraid of what people will think, more specifically what my friends will think.

It’s stupid. My friends would totally support me and encourage me. They have never given me any reason to doubt that, but still the fear remains.

Every time I even think about doing a Facebook Live video, posting a blog post, recording a podcast, or posting any other type of content my first thought is always, “I’m sure people will think this is stupid.” I fabricate their responses in my head and they convince me not to put my content out there every single time.

Well today that ends. I’m facing that fear by ignoring the self-doubt and posting the content I’ve always dreamed about posting. This very blog post is the first step of me ignoring the fear. I’m not good at blogging or writing or creating content, but I’m not letting this fear keep me from creating.

2. I don’t know enough

Impostor Syndrome at it’s finest. I’m constantly convincing myself that I don’t know enough to make an impact. But, again, I have no reason to believe that. I have experience and knowledge and I should feel more than confident to share what I know.

I grew up learning marketing and business from my dad as he started his own advertising business and taught me how to do photography and graphic design at an early age.

I’ve been a graphic designer for 17 years.

I’ve been creating websites for 15 years.

I’ve been running my own side business for 10 years.

I’ve been running a second side gig (Making nylon camping hammocks – yeah, I sew!) for the past 2 years.

I’ve read hundreds of thousands of posts, articles, and emails on marketing, business, and design.

I’ve spent the last 8 months as a senior designer leading a team of amazing designers at a multi-billion dollar company.

I could go on and on with reasons I shouldn’t have impostor syndrome, but each of the reasons is still difficult to write. I’m not an arrogant person. It’s hard for me to “brag” on myself. I like to let my work do that for me.

But for some reason when I start to create content to teach or help other people, I start to think that I don’t know enough to really be of any help. I start to think there’s probably someone else more capable of helping with the specific topic than I am.

To get past this fear, I’m going to create a PDF ebook that I’ll post on my blog for free. I’ll pick a topic that I know I have experience at, and share it for free. Hopefully someone will find it useful. If it helps one other person, then it was worth doing.

I also plan to also release a few training/coaching/teaching courses this year. Topics for those is also TBD.

I’m no expert, but I have knowledge and experience. Experience that someone else may not have. It’s worth facing my fear to eat least put my content out there and hope it helps someone else avoid the same mistakes I’ve made and hopefully find success faster than I ever have.

What fears are holding you back?

Are fears holding you back? Share them below and let’s face our fears together. It’s not worth missing out on helping others just because we’ve convinced ourselves of things that have no reason to hold us back.

When does an idea become a business?

Business Ideas are worth chasing

As an entrepreneur, I have new ideas come to mind almost daily and I always struggle with whether each new idea is a new business opportunity or simply another idea.

Sound familiar?

Ideas are things that often come naturally to entrepreneurs. Were almost plagued with having an unlimited supply of ideas always flooding our minds.

Throughout my career, I’ve started several side projects that I would consider potential viable businesses. Sometimes I wonder if I’m just getting too ahead of myself or if I need to back off all the “great ideas” I have. But the more I think about it, the more I’m confident in starting any idea that comes to mind. Or at least giving it a chance to become more than an idea.

You never know what business idea will stick, so I think it’s best if we all just took a chance with every idea that comes to us.

In order to get the most of our ideas, it’s important to do a few key activities that will give every idea a chance.

Keep Track

So, since we think ideas are great and every idea deserves a chance to become a business, the one thing you want to be sure you’re doing is keeping track of all your ideas. This can be as simple as using the notes app on your phone or carrying around a notepad with you. I personally use the new not taking app called Bear. It’s available for iOS and MacOS so I can sync all of my devices and always have my notes availble. Another alternative would be Evernote.

Make a Plan

Keeping track of your ideas isnt enough. You need to make a plan for testing the idea and determining whether its a viable business idea or not. If you dont make a plan to get your idea to market, it will always just be an idea.

Do Regular Checkups

At least month, you should do a checkup on your ideas list. This is so you can look at the ideas youve had to this point and make sure you havent forgotten to set a plan for an idea you’ve had in the past. Or maybe you want to revisit an idea and decide that it’s not worthy of testing the market, so you need to remove it from your list. Whatever the case, you should do regular checkups on your list so your ideas don’t just sit on the list and never see any action.

Take Action

At the end of the day, the most important thing is that you’re taking action. Ideas are great and I firmly believe that every idea is worthy of exploring it’s viability as a business. But no idea will ever become more if you never take action.

So spend time coming up with ideas, write them down, set plans in place, do checkups, and take action. On every idea, no matter what. You never know what might come of a random idea.

Anything else?

What else do you think is important when deciding whether ideas are worth chasing or not?

Perfectionism (Procrastination) is costing me millions

For the past 10 years I’ve followed some amazing bloggers and online marketers and learned a ton of valuable information about how to start an online business.

That’s great and all, but the real story is that for the past 10 years I’ve failed to launch my own blog and/or business online and my mental excuse is always, “I just want to get it right.”

Maybe you can relate. Maybe you’ve failed to launch the blog you think about every day just because you think you need to get it right.

Or, perhaps it’s not perfectionism that’s holding you back. Maybe, like me, you just turn to that excuse because you’re afraid to admit the truth. You’re really just procrastinating.

That’s where I’m at. Procrastination is my problem. It’s costing me millions. Millions of visitors, perhaps. Or maybe millions of dollars. Or just simply millions of hours of happiness that comes along with blogging and doing something you truly enjoy doing.

It doesn’t have to be perfect to be successful, or to be enjoyable. But it does have to start.

So that’s what I’m doing today. I’m starting. I’m no longer blaming perfectionism when I just don’t feel like writing today. I’m no longer blaming perfectionism when I’m just too busy and “can’t find the time”. I’m no longer blaming perfectionism when I watch TV instead of writing or working on my business.

Bigger than those, I’m no longer blaming the fact that I’m not good at this. This post isn’t well written. It’s not going to go viral. It’s simply me starting. And that makes it huge.

Maybe you can relate. If so, I’d love to hear from you and join you on your journey.

This thing called business and life is so much easier with other people. So let’s tackle it together.

Comment below… what’s your struggle?