This was the title of a forum post I wrote in April / May 2010 when I’d just dipped my toe into this thing called Internet Marketing.
I’d created an optin page, a free video course and an ebook. The whole process had taken me about 6 weeks to put together and when it was ready I was almost too nervous to get it live and begin sharing the link.
I remember thinking the whole world would be watching, thousands of people would see it (I wish!) and what if they thought it was a load of rubbish!
The diatribe in my head went something like; Why will anyone listen to me? What if they don’t like me? What if I get negative comments etc etc, the irrational fears went on and on.
Well firstly, I must make reference and say thanks to all of the wonderful people on the CFM (Chris Farrell Membership) forum at the time. They empathised with me, supported me and urged me to go for it!
Here’s what happened;
I went live, very few people saw it as the page got lost amongst the millions and millions of web pages out there and the few I did get in front of thought it was great! In fact that 1st attempt at list building generated me around 600 optins over a 4 / 5 month period.
3 years down the line, it takes me a few hours to create an optin funnel and in most cases I get over 600 optins within 2 / 3 days. I don’t add this to brag, but simply to demonstrate what will happen to you also if you keep breaking through your fear barrier and continue to take ACTION!
So, what’s the point of this story?
I know that many of you just starting out or launching a new blog, free offer or product etc, will feel the same way and I want to reassure you that stepping out of your comfort zone and feeling scared, apprehensive, nervous and generally uncomfortable equals GROWTH!
It means you’re moving forward. You’re trying new things. You’re venturing into the unknown! (All I need is a film soundtrack now)
GOOD FOR YOU!
Embrace your fear. Learn to recognise it accompanies a big step forward in your business.
Also understand that it is those who shrink behind their fear and decide against taking action who remain where they are and simply dream of what they could achieve, rather than going out there and grabbing it!
Know this, as your business grows, you WILL get people who don’t like you. You WILL get negative comments. You WILL get judged and you WILL face adversity.
As my mother would say, it’s time to Man Up! Fortune favours the brave! Nothing ventured nothing gained. There is nothing to fear except fear itself! Am I getting through?
Seriously though, your business will only succeed if you’re prepared to do what others won’t.
A great quote I heard recently was
“Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.” – Anonymous
So, in summary. Be scared by all means, know that you’re moving firmly out of your comfort zone, but don’t let your fear stop you from taking ACTION!
Please let me know below, one thing you’ve been holding back on that you now commit to breaking through your fear and doing! (I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn that you’re not alone.