Feel the Fear, Do It Anyway
I quit my job last Friday. Good pay, great friends, selling a cool product, and working in a great environment. Even so, it was finally time to strike out on my own.
Scary? You bet. Even though I have a bunch of freelance work (Spare-Time Biz Success included) plus my spare-time gigs in the pipeline, it’ll be the first time in my adult life without a consistent paycheck coming in.
And, my wife’s still a student — finishing her Ph.D. — so her income is nowhere near enough to live on. Won’t be much better next year either as she’ll be on an internship.
Plus, we have a nine-month-old son at home. This means both added expenses we’ve never dealt with before, and a tremendous sense of responsibility.
In short, strong reasons why I should NOT be striking out on my own right now.
The fear is overwhelming
There are tons of what-ifs that should be paralyzing me with fear right now.
“What if I lose all my clients and my family’s income with them?”
“What if my spare-time income dries up, too?”
“What if something terrible happens and I’m unable to work?”
“What if … ?”
“What if … ?”
“What if … ?”
I could go on for days. And, the more I go on, the more fear builds and builds and builds. And really, that fear could easily paralyze me and send me groveling back to my old employer, admitting defeat, and heading back to the 9-to-5 lifestyle that “should” make me happy.
Yet, I choose to act anyway.
Do I feel the fear that all those what-ifs raise? Sure. I do. Sometimes it’s powerful. Gets me right down in the gut. My heart starts racing. It’s hard to breathe.
Yet, I’m doing it anyway. I’ve quit my job and I’m working for myself full-time — both as a freelance copywriter and jack-of-many-spare-time-trades. Because there’s a deeper truth in play.
The truth driving me to feel fear and act anyway is knowing that it takes action to spur results. Sometimes dramatic action. If you want to create the life you desire, you need to start creating. You need to DO something.
Maybe your something is quitting your job to start freelancing full-time.
Maybe it’s starting your spare-time resume writing or self-publishing business. Maybe starting a Money-Making Website. Maybe stepping on stage for your first public-speaking gig. Maybe picking up the phone to call a potential client. Or, maybe just turning in work you just poured your heart and soul into with the hope that 1) your client will love it, and 2) it will generate sufficient sales to be called a success.
I don’t know what your something is. I just know you need to do it.
This is how you get ahead
It doesn’t take a success guru to tell you that you create results by acting in the face of fear. Prove it for yourself. Take one thing you’ve been holding back on because of fear, and take a step toward accomplishing it today.
Not tomorrow. Not soon.
Feel the same fear you’ve been feeling, then take action anyway.
Don’t bother yourself with results either. Right now, your primary concern is taking action in the face of fear. Then, once you’ve taken action on one thing, take action on another. And another. And another. Let the determination build and build. You will feel the fear, and do it anyway.
Pretty soon it becomes a habit. Feel the fear, do it anyway.
As far as I know, there’s nothing that will take away fear, short of having the fear center of your brain removed. The good news is that it’s okay to feel fear. You just act anyway.
This is how everyone who has done anything big in their life has done it. Facing fear, one day at a time. And acting anyway.
This is how you can do big things in your life.
Again, I challenge you. Recognize the one thing in your life right now that you’re not doing because of fear. And do it anyway. Today. Now.
Feel free to leave your comment here after you’ve taken action, to tell the world how it feels.
Are you ready to make the leap like Roy?
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