Welcome to Episode 30 of Make it Happen Monday!
Published every Monday, this is my weekly video series helping you to blast through any barriers holding up your success in life and business and giving you weekly tips and inspiration to move forward to achieve your goals and dreams.
Fear is a normal part of life. Nobody is immune. And in a lot of cases, fear is good. After all, fear is what stops us from making dangerous or foolish decisions.
But as useful as fear is, it can also be responsible for trapping us in our comfort zones.
When it comes to launching a new product, starting a blog or setting up a new email funnel, fear is just a part of the process.
Anytime we do anything new, we can either rise above the fear and take action, or we can stand still and stop growing.
In this week’s Make It Happen Monday, I’m talking about what to do when you’re really scared.
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Today, I want to talk about something that we’ve all felt – FEAR.
I think it’s important as I’m speaking to you as a fellow entrepreneur, and we’re going to come up against fear a lot more than the average person.
I’ve spoken before about what it takes to be an entrepreneur.
We want extraordinary lives, which means we will have to be extraordinary!
This means putting ourselves in situations that most other people will shy away from.
Which inevitably means we have to confront fear a lot more often!
When I first started online, I joined Chris Farrell’s membership site called ‘Mentor Me.’
Part of his ‘’Mentor Me program was access to this active forum full of fantastic people.
I put together my first opt-in funnel, a series of videos on how to start a business.
I remember thinking to myself, “What if this doesn’t work? What if nobody opts-in? What if it is just total rubbish? What if people judge me? What if people think I’m terrible? What if people hate me? OH MY GOD!
I wrote a post in this forum saying, “Guys, I am petrified. I am literally petrified of getting this funnel live.”
All these people said, “Oh Jo, don’t worry about it. It’s going to be great. Do it. Make it happen. It’s going to be fantastic.”
The encouragement and support from this group of people was so special. And it gave me the confidence to get that compelling offer live, and the rest is history!
This is why I wanted to make today’s video. I want to give you some encouragement and support.
You’ve got to take action to make it happen.
You’ve got to move out of your comfort zone and confront these fears – it’s the only way to grow.
If I can do it, so can you!
Anybody that tells you they don’t suffer from fear, they are telling porkies!
I’m not a psychologist, and I have clearly not interviewed everybody in the world, but I think fear is in all of us. I certainly get it!
I’ve read that the old reptilian part of our brain is set up to anticipate and flee from fear, so I reckon every single one of us experiences fear at some point.
A good friend of mine said to me a while back, “Hey, Jo, I’m about to launch my blog, and I’m really scared. I don’t know whether to go live.”
I’ve had umpteen messages like this over the years from people about to launch an opt-in funnel, a website, etc, and it’s a case of “Oh my god, what happens if it doesn’t work? What happens if I put it out there and nobody likes it!?”
These days, making videos, podcasts, creating a social media account, all of these things can create great fear within us.
It’s been said many times that, for many humans, public speaking is a greater fear than death. People would rather die than actually get out on stage, in front of thousands of people, and speak publicly.
OK, doing video, webinars, podcasts, all that kind of stuff, you’re behind a screen and in the comfort of your own home. However, it’s still a type of public speaking, isn’t it?
So I imagine it can raise an enormous amount of fright in many people.
It’s all right to be scared. We ALL get scared.
Please don’t look at successful people, people doing what you want to do, and think, “Wow, they’re amazing. How are they so natural? How do they do that?”
I’ve already spoken about how comparing yourself negatively to others can have a devastating impact.
Chances are, they’ve been doing it for years! They’ve probably done 500 speaking gigs. Do you think their first speaking gig was absolutely phenomenal? Probably not.
These things come from practice and trying…..and trying again!
Your challenge this week, should you choose to accept it, is…
Confront your fears!
1) What situation are you facing right now that scares you?
What is it you know you should do, as it will help you reach your goals, but it makes you feel nervous, apprehensive or frightened?
2) Now, ask yourself “What’s the absolute worst that could happen?”
This is a great little trick!
Seriously, what is the worst that could happen?
If you put your opt-in funnel up and nobody signs up, what’s the worst that can happen? Nobody signs up. That’s all.
Something awful will not happen to your family. You will not be struck with a horrible illness. We’re not talking life or death here!
If you launch your blog, and don’t get 100,000 visits in the first month, what’s the worst that can happen? You don’t get those visits.
If the worst that can happen is people will not read it, show up, click yes or whatever, it’s not too bad, is it?
I highly recommend you read “Stop Worrying And Start Living” by Dale Carnegie. He talks about ‘chunking down’, and considering the absolute worst that can happen.
Break it down and work out what is the absolute worst that can happen if you make your funnel live, publish that video, do that webinar etc.
I guarantee, it won’t be anything as bad as you think it’s going to be!
3) Make it happen!
Every single time you move out of your comfort zone, you will feel better. You will suddenly realize it’s nowhere near as bad as you thought it was.
You’ll grow in confidence and, the next time you come up against it, you’ll burst through that fear barrier!
Once you’ve watched the video, I’d love to hear from and about you.
Tell me, in the comments below:
When have you laughed in the face of fear and take action anyway?
Sharing your story could create a huge “AHA” moment for other visitors to this post, so we’d love to hear from you.
Please share below.
Thanks for watching.
Have an amazing week, live life on purpose and make it happen.