A couple of weeks ago I posted about Ray Higdon’s unique tips for entrepreneurs.
One tip that a lot of people commented on was to move towards your fears until they no longer scare you.
That is a tip that stuck out to me as well and since I have been forced into a blogging vacation due to the death of my computers I have been putting that into practice in my own life.
I have a confession to make, part of the reason that I began looking into online marketing was because I was hoping to avoid offline marketing. Part of the reason being that I have always been so busy with my self employment that I don’t have a lot of outside time for anything else. Working online seemed to make a lot of sense for me because I could work in little bits of time while still at home when I have some time to spare.
The other part was also fear as I’ve always dealt with at least some level of social anxiety, anywhere ranging from nervousness to all out panic attacks at one point in my life. There was a point in my life when I was paralyzed by fear to the point where I literally could not pick up the phone to order a pizza or ask a salesperson where something was located. I was truly on the path toward becoming agoraphobic (never leaving the house) – and I wish that was only an exaggeration.
For a long time running a home preschool was easily in my comfort zone as I didn’t need to worry about running into new people except for interviewing people when they came to my home to look at my preschool. But then I started to feel the itch to become a real entrepreneur, not just working as a self employed individual. I wanted time and money freedom, especially the time freedom to be with my kids outside of the home.
I had already made some great strides in my social anxiety so I didn’t have to worry about paralyzing fear or panic attacks but there was still a great degree of anxiety at the thought of approaching anyone, whether someone that I knew or didn’t know, about looking at my business. It’s something that even makes my extremely sociable husband nervous at times, especially when we began our entrepreneurial journey together.
If it makes Mr. Sociable nervous, imagine the nervousness of someone who once had panic attacks at the thought of asking someone where the shoes are located! It’s no wonder that I decided to look into internet marketing, it would relieve a lot of the social pressure!
But then I became huge fans of Ray Higdon, Todd Falcone, and Eric Worre who are all extremely successful entrepreneurs and also all believe in offline marketing as much as they do online marketing. I knew that I would have to eventually start to tackle the offline world if I really wanted to experience entrepreneurial success.
I had been literally studying the teachings of all three of them, I was more than ready to get going offline but I was putting it off. I was focused on created several kindle books, my blogging goals, starting a new tribe on facebook, and so many other distractions. All were good goals, I’m not going to deny that but they were definitely distractions because I was using them as excuses to avoid building my entrepreneurial business offline.
So because my computer had died and all of my attempts to revive it were nearly futile (it came back to life long enough for me to get my stuff off of it – next time I will back up my files!) I decided that it was time for me to face my fears and begin putting into practice what I had learned about offline marketing.
I took my fears, grabbed them and trampled right over them. It may have taken me 20 minutes to work up the nerve to make my first call, but you know what?
It was exhillerating! It was like riding a roller coaster, it was quite the rush. Even better, the conversation went extremely well. So much better than I had imagined. I was prepared for every answer …except for “Yes, I’m definitely interested!” I almost didn’t know to respond!
I was still nervous for the next calls that day and the following days. I’m sure that it will be a while before I work up to feeling the confidence but for the time being I will enjoy the the process of learningand growing and the thrill of the ride.
It can be scary, but it is very exciting to face those fears! If you have been putting off facing a fear, I highly recommend that you stop and face it.
Knowledge without action is worthless. Make a decision and share it in the comments!
To Your Success,