Why did you start your business? Was it to avoid the commute? To work in your PJs? To spend more time with your family? Or was it to change the world?
Perhaps it was all of the above reasons and then some but we must not lose track of one of the most important obligations that comes along with the responsibility of owning your own business. It is the moral obligation to make the world a better place… You are doing that already, but it is easy to lose track.
“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Just marching to your own drum and leaving the rat race in your wake is not enough and most every one that has started their own business will tell you that. It is far too easy to get frustrated and want to throw in the towel… In these times of frustration we must remind ourselves why we set out to do this in the first place, to make the world a better place, by starting with our own business.
It is difficult at times to imagine everything working out and the business truly taking off and supporting youself and your family, but you must never let the doubt last for more than a moment. That fear and doubt is what keeps so many chained to their cubicles. That same fear and doubt passed through each and every entrepreneur that you see living out their dreams in ways they would have never imagined in years past.
Fear is dismissible, it is temporary if we want it to be. Move through it every time you find it staring you in the eye by reminding yourself that you are in this to make the world a better place for you, your family and eveyone else sharing the experience. Stop at nothing to realize your dream.
Whatever you need to remind yourself of this, keep your purpose close… a picture of your family, a quote from Steve Jobs, a short inspirational video, whatever it is… keep it nearby and…
…every time your fear starts poking at you silence it with your purpose.
I must give credit where credit is due… this blog was definitely inspired by my recent re-visit of the FREE book titled “The Flinch” by Julien Smith… if you dig the idea of conquering fear i would highly recommend reading that book!
I would love to hear what you use to keep your fear at bay… share in the comments.