I started this year with some big goals for my business.
- It was time for me to get out of my leased office and move to a virtual environment.
- I wanted to rethink my service offering to make a more significant impact — I wanted to see clients make breakthrough changes, and I needed a new service delivery model to do that.
- I wanted to maintain the growth momentum from 2018 and hit a new high in business income in 2019.
To accomplish these goals, I:
- sold my house,
- bought a new house,
- changed out some of my team members,
- launched new services,
- reached out to about ten years worth of past clients, prospects, and referral sources, and
- started a 3X a week writing discipline (resulting in 130 emails like this sent so far this year).
All of that while recording a weekly podcast, serving a dozen or so active clients, and having a life too.
It was a busy year.
I’m happy to say, with two months left in the year I’ve fully accomplished the first goal, I’m beta testing my second goal and on track to make the third.
But this story is not all sunshine and unicorns…
In the middle of all of this, I got really scared.
Sometime over the summer, I started to have moments when I was sure this was all going to fail. I would be driving home and trying to make sense of all the changes, and somehow come to the conclusion that I’d be broke by year-end (I won’t), or that I’d never win another client again (I will), or that my family relationships were in shambles (they’re not).
These weren’t as intense as a panic attack — but at that moment, I was 100% convinced that the things I feared were true. I was convinced I had made at least one, and potentially several, terrible mistakes. At the worst, this happened about once a week.
Change is scary. Big changes are terrifying.
But when I go back over my life and look at all the risks, I took that scared the wits out of me — auditioning for plays in high school, going to college 2,000 miles from home — where I knew no one, getting married, having kids, starting a business… Those were some of the best moments of my life if I had listened to those fears I would have missed out on some pretty terrific experiences in my life. I’ll bet if you think back over the most terrifying moments in your own life you’d find some similar patterns.
Is there a big change brewing inside you? Something that you know is the right next step for you and your business.
Don’t let fear hold you back.
That fear isn’t telling you you are going to die; it’s not even warning you of danger. That fear is telling you that this is important, and it deserves your full attention.
What has fear been telling you not to do? Hit reply and let me know.