Deep, Underlying Fears …

This week, I've shown you that fear is common for freelance writers, but you can overcome it. If you haven’t read my article “7 Ways to Overcome Fear,” you can find it here.

Today, I’m going to talk about a deep, underlying fear holding you back you might have – even if you’re not aware of it. It could be the root of all your fears.

When I first found AWAI and started down the path to the writer’s life, I thought I was afraid of success. I spent a lot of time evaluating my fear.

Gradually, as I started to overcome my fears, I realized I had a deeper underlying fear that I was even afraid to admit to myself.

The fear of losing my dream. I was afraid that the writer’s life might not be real. Or what if it did exist, and it wasn’t as good as I thought? My dream would be shattered.

To get over this fear, I started reading the success stories of fellow copywriters living the writer’s life. I realized that so many people couldn’t be wrong. If they could do it, so could I.

I also went to my mentors. I specifically told them I was afraid the writer’s life wouldn’t be all I imagined.

They all told me it’s better. They encouraged me to just keep going.

So what deep, underlying fears do you have?

If you’re not sure, spend some time this weekend evaluating what’s holding you back. Ask yourself a lot of questions to come up with the root of the issue. Try to determine if you’re truly afraid or making excuses.

Your thought process might look like this:

What am I afraid of? Rejection.

Why am I afraid of that? Because it will make me feel bad.

What’s the worst that could happen? They could say no and I will feel bad.

What’s the best that could happen? They could say yes and I could get a paying project!

If you already feel bad because of your fear, why not take a chance?

Need some help with this process? Post your fears in the comments here.

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Published: January 11, 2013

11 Responses to “Deep, Underlying Fears...”

  1. I'm afraid I don't know enough to pursue my first copywriting job--there, I said it!!

    Hoping I feel more confident after completing the Companion Series!!

    Diane Aksten

  2. I just don't know where to start to find a client. I'm afraid they won't like what I do for them. Yikes!


  3. I am afraid that I might not be good enough and that is the reason why it may all disappear in the ether.

    I'm learning, and I will proceed

    Guest (Donna Glidewell)

  4. Christina,

    I think you just nailed it on the head. If this doesn't work, then what? It does seem too good to be true.

    I really appreciate your insight and "pep-talks".

    I think one of the things I'm most afraid of is being totally unprepared to talk to my first potential client. I am about to take on the Accelerated Six-Figure Program Companion Series. I'm hoping this will get me over that hump.

    Any suggestions?


    Karen Peckham

  5. I want to join Circle of Success in 2014. What's holding me back is my job. I work six days a week and I am afraid I would not be able to keep up. I am a postal worker and hoping to retire in 2014 when my financial situation is more affordable.
    Would like to join in November. Would like to talk to Katie or someone who has been through the program.

    Darnell McCray

  6. My fear is that it will work and I will feel regret for not embracing independent working sooner. Strange, huh?

    Guest (Zion)

  7. I think my fear, as a novice, is not being able to sift through the masses of information required and make sense of the project. I am probably afraid of looking foolish if I can't do this to a high enough standard.

    teresa f

  8. So I gave what you said in these articles about fear alot of thought. I think some of my fears include all of the different fears you wrote about this week. My family was hard working but there also seemed to be this unspoken code.
    Don't stand out, don't get noticed. Just keep your head down and work hard for someone else. Even writing this goes against that. So I guess the one big fear is the fear that no one will care what I have to say.

    SO here is to defeating that fear!

    Guest (brett C)

  9. Hmmm. Must be fear that I don't complete a weekly goal of writing and submitting a spec. I must be fearful that this is "not for real" and maybe I'm a "meeting junkie". I've had decades in the corporate world. I want to have a business I can do until I die...even if that is age 100. A reason to get up in the morning, be involved, earn my way, get a paycheck. Must be afraid I can't do that!


  10. My fear is not getting work.

    T Jessup

  11. my fear is; I was't born in Canada, so my english grammar is not that good, I can speak well, but my writing needs a lots of improvement.

    Guest (peter)

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