The funny thing is that if you know me, you would probably say that I am the guy the most over confident dude you have ever seen in your life. I am truly over confident most of the time. I am so over confident that my friends always pick on me with my “famous quote” about optimism in my life. They just like laughing at the fact that there is never a challenge too big or a task too complicated. Everything seems simple and easy to me… I guess this is the definition of being over confident.
But right now, I’m scared.
I’m scared because I am entering in one of the biggest adventures ever; I made some important statements this year. I told you that I will crush it, I told you that I will generate 10K income per month with my sites, that I will pay off my debts and that I will reach several milestones.
In order to achieve it, I have committed to some serious expenses. I now have 2 full time VAs, I have borrowed a significant amount of money to grow my business and have several projects that have been started.
Why am I scared? Because I really want to succeed. Besides being over confident, I have another flaw; I can’t stand failure. Therefore, this whole venture is putting a lot of pressure on my shoulders. What if my next blog income report is below my expectations? What if my business model reaches a plateau and I can’t grow anymore?
Fear is as good as gasoline but Panic is like sugar in the gas tank
The whole point of this article is the following; you can use fear as a source of motivation. However, you must not let it grow into anxiety or panic. This would completely freeze your actions and lead you towards the brick wall.
It’s normal to be afraid when you are entering a big project. However, one must not let his mind race through all the worst case scenarios. This will lead to panic…and then will lead to paralysis. As soon as you feel the fear inside of you, you must ask yourself the following question:
What can I do in order to avoid the worst case scenario?
The answers will make you work on actionable steps instead of worrying about bad scenarios. This will also help you set up a plan B while working hard on your plan A. This is actually part of my big plan to succeed this year; be damn afraid to fail!
So what am I going to do to succeed in 2011?
The very first answer that comes to my mind is the following: WORK!
I have worked on my annual plan and how I will achieve my goals. The most important part of it is to concentrate on actionable steps, those which will create value within my company and generate more income. Steps such as creating my first niche website about home security system. Steps such as working with the Yakezie members to build my brand. Steps such as starting to write my first ebook (still working on the writing plan though…).
The key is to set a mental alert when you feel fear or getting anxious; a mental alert that will direct your brain towards practical solutions. I must warn you; this is counter intuitive, the brain would prefer to explore bad scenarios and transform your fear into panic. You have to take yourself back to the right track and work on solutions. Keep a notebook close so you can write down your fears and write down what you can do to succeed instead of failing.
This is what I just did this morning, and I feel better already ;-).
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