If you want to race toward your dreams, it helps to travel light. PART ONEAugust 13, 2010
I recently shared about how we ALL fail at times, and how getting stronger must be part of your story when you fall down – and that stumbling means getting wiser and better suited to take on the next challenge every time you stand back up. This week, I want all of the executives and entrepreneurs out there to hold onto the tenet that the fear of failure can hold us back from our goals MUCH more than anything else. You should have a healthy number of failures in your life. Being paralyzed waiting for them, however, is to stagnate – and we all know the REAL competitor out there – it’s inertia.
If you want to be a successful entrepreneur, you’ll need to learn to embrace risk and reach for opportunity, even when you’re discouraged or afraid. You won’t always measure up – I sure haven’t – but that doesn’t mean you have to walk away from the game. Remember, you’re playing to win, not to avoid losing.
I like making a list of my fears. Then, I tackle one a week or one a month – its fun. I’ll give you an example. I’ve always had a fear of rattlesnakes. So, I went to Gatorland, in Florida, where there is a pit of rattlesnakes. I thought it would be great to tackle my fear of rattlesnakes. I asked one of the snake handlers if I could walk around in the pit and they said, “Definitely not!” I got a ringside seat instead, and what I saw changed my entire perspective.
At the show, the handlers provoked the rattlesnakes so that they lunged forward and then jumped back. I was, initially, frozen with fear, but after about 15 minutes, I started feeling really sorry for the snakes because they definitely more frightened than the snake handlers around them. And, that’s when I realized the snakes are more scared of you then you are of them. So, what did I have to be afraid of? Some “perceived” snakes around me? And what about the would-be million-dollar executives I coach? Should they be afraid of THEIR perceived snakes? Competitors, the recession, their own team, slow revenue, undeveloped product paths? Nope.
Your fears may or may not be related to your entrepreneurial aspirations. For each fear that you list this week, attach a goal around when you want to tackle it (about one a month). By examining your fears, writing them down and tackling them one at a time, you will take an enormous step that will enable you to embrace risk and reach for opportunity.
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Christine Comaford, The Executive Coach
CEO of Mighty Ventures, Inc. and Business Accelerator