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How to Overcome Your Fear of Starting a Business (2022)

Have you ever told yourself that you need to learn “just one more thing” or fix “that last piece” of your site, your package, or your business before you can actually “launch?”

Or maybe you’re holding yourself back from starting because when you think about what’s already out there you wonder, “What else could I possibly have to offer?”

No matter how motivated, determined, or passionate we are, sometimes that fear of not being good enough, or “perfect” enough, can hold us back from sharing our greatest gifts with the world. And in the process, prevent us from living our greatest lives.

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But what if the key to those five-figure months (and much, much more) that you’ve been dreaming of is simply trusting yourself to start now, no matter where you are?

Kind of like with my first-ever website…which by the way, I used until I’d made over $20K in my coaching business.

old website example

This site cost me a whopping $150 for a standard WordPress theme and a premium pop-up plugin. I sourced free stock photos for my blog posts, and for my own headshots, used the only pictures I had available, which were about 10 years old.

I’m sharing this with you today because I want to remind you that you don’t need to be perfect to get started—far from it. You simply need to start. Now.

If you’re struggling to overcome your fear of starting a business, your fear of being less than perfect, your fear of not being good enough, or any other related fear that’s preventing you from getting started, here are two simple mind tricks to help you overcome them:

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1.  Tell yourself that no one is paying attention

This is actually the same mind trick I use when I’m having a bad skin or hair day, and it works equally well for both.

Just as the majority of people you speak with will only spend a few seconds looking at you, the majority of people who see your content will only casually peruse it.

This is more than enough to get an idea of who you are and what you have to offer (just like looking at you for a few seconds is enough to remember what you look like), but not enough to catch those imperfections that you’re spending way too much time agonizing over.

2. Stop (over-)thinking

If you’re anything like me, you randomly get great ideas that you know are brilliant….and yet you somehow manage to talk yourself out of acting on them because a few days (or few hours) later, you’ve convinced yourself that they’re just plain stupid.

The solution? Don’t give yourself a chance to talk yourself out of it. Act in the moment that inspiration strikes, and don’t second-guess it.

Give yourself the gift of trusting your intuition and try this the next time you get that random amazing idea. I bet you won’t be disappointed with the results.

Remember, you already have everything and know everything that you need to create the life and business that you want.

Next, I’d love to hear from you and support you in moving forward so you can overcome your fear of starting a business.

What is one thing you’ve been putting off because you’re afraid?

Leave a comment below and let me know!

Warmly,
Luisa

Hope you enjoy this blog post.

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7 Responses

  1. Putting of writing content because I don’t have the practical experience…only knowledge acquired through reading. That reading ( self help) has led to realizations of why I was not very successful in my career. So, I’m not certain if that will be of much value to my readers.

  2. I want to start my own online business, but don’t know how to adverise it on facebook, google and instagram.
    Or own the online business website.

  3. I want to start a pastry and baking business (small size for now). But there’s this fear that my stuff can’t ever be as good as the ones I see other people do, and that what if I start with the little money I have and it fails? It’s so bad and I am battling with it and the year is running out.

  4. Overcoming stress is the most challenging part of our life. And I think everyone has the ability to do as they wish to. So we should need to first believe in ourselves.

    THANKS! for sharing a beautiful post.

  5. My biggest fear is not being able to pay my bills. I’ve been in the public as a cashier for 10 years in my small town, now I’m wanting to start my reflexology business like my mom did with her massage therapy business. Mom past last year so I’m on my own with this I can feel her pushing, but I’m scared.

  6. There is the fear of not being able to pay my bills along with the fact that I feel like I’m not tech savvy enough in order to make my business successful. I also have a lot of different directions I would like to pursue and I know that I need to narrow it down to 1 in the beginning.

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