Women in business are constantly facing new challenges and with each challenge usually comes some form of fear.
It may surprise you that no matter how successful women in business become, if they continue to challenge themselves, they continue to face their fears.
Yep – This includes us!
We have fear show up as we challenge ourselves on a regular basis. Recently we decided to try something new that scared the cr*p out of us. Despite the knot in our stomach or the anxious feeling, we moved forward. We know to grow our business and grow personally we have to step out of our comfort zone and into the fear.
One thing we learned through experience, is that fear tends to have a familiar voice. For many, that voice may even be someone you know. Often, it lies in the back of your mind as a constant whispering or nagging that you hear whenever you are stepping out of your comfort zone.
Maybe your voice of fear sounds something like this:
- Who do you think you are
- You are not smart enough
- There is no way I can ever afford to do this
- I will not have enough time
- This will never work
If you are a women in business seeking success, it is time to understand that the fear and the voice of doubt that you so often hear, is false. The sooner you recognize this fact, the quicker you will be able to push through the fear and find the success you desire.
What do you hear that paralyzes you and holds you back?
It’s important to recognize your own personal pattern or words that you tell yourself whenever you are trying to move out of your comfort zone, so they don’t hold you back or cause you to play small. Recognizing these words and patterns is the first step to breaking out of the fear.
Through coaching women, we discovered that we all tend to repeat a familiar pattern whenever we move out of our comfort zone.
Many people use the acronym for fear – false evidence appearing real.
One tool we’ve discovered along the way is a simple question to ask yourself when fear shows its ugly head: Is it real? This may sound simple, but asking yourself this question, allows you to stop and face the fear head on. Taking a deep breath and asking if it is real provides you the opportunity to make that conclusion.
It also helps you become better at recognizing fear and beginning the process of breaking it down. Keep in mind that pushing through your fear successfully is like exercising a muscle, the more you do it, the easier it becomes.
On the bright side, fear is also a great guiding tool. When you feel it, know you are on the right track. If your goals and vision don’t scare you, you aren’t thinking big enough!
Are you ready to work through your fears and dream big? Leave us a comment below and share with us how your fear shows up. We would love to share your experience and expertise.
To Your Life Without Limits,
Elena & Jean
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