Fear, Part 2… What You Really Need to Be Afraid Of
A couple weeks ago, I shot a video on fear. It came out of a question that came in…
The question was, “Jeff, how did you deal with the fear when you were just starting out? You must have been scared.”
Of course I was scared. We're all scared when we first start a business. We're all scared when we start a new big endeavor, that's just reality. I talked about that a little bit.
But I want to do a “Fear – Part Two” because there's another side of the coin that I didn't talk about.
A lot of times, people are faced with this idea of making a decision. It's time to start a business, it's time to move forward, it's time to break up a partnership, it's whatever it is — it's a big thing and people start to catastrophize it. They start to think about all these bad things, and their brain spins and spins and spins until all of a sudden, they're out on the street, homeless, no food, and everyone hates them.
When you catastrophize like this, when you focus on all the negative things, all the bad things that can happen, there's a tendency to freeze. In freezing, we will often not make a decision. The thing to understand and the thing to be really fearful of is that… not making a decision is making a decision. It's choosing to stay where you're at.
Now, I'm just assuming that you're watching this video for some reason, that you want some type of change in your life, whether it's your business, your personal life, how your business and personal life fit together, your marketing, whatever… that you're not just watching this because there's no good cat videos to watch. You're watching this because you're looking for some change in your life.
If you're letting fear hold you back so that you're not making a decision, you're choosing the life you've got right now. You know what? It'll probably actually degrade a little bit. It's just not going to stay even, it'll actually stay even and eventually degrade.
The thing to be really scared of is freezing. The thing to be scared of is not making a decision. If you're fine where you're at, that's awesome. Yay, you. But if you're just staying where you're at because you're afraid of making a decision, then you've already made that decision. The thing to be fearful of is not all these things that could possibly happen. The thing to be fearful of is getting stuck and staying stuck because you're afraid to make a decision.
I'm Jeff Walker. Wherever you're watching this, scroll down, leave a comment for me, and let's go get ‘em this week.