There are many reasons why you haven’t gone past where you are now; why you haven’t taken that step you know will catapult you to the next level in your business. But from my observations, I would say the chief reason is fear.
Fear has crippled you so that you can’t take that move you know you need to take. Like publishing that eBook or keeping a blog.
If that’s where you are now, you’re not alone. I have let fear hold me back for so long. You can see that by the noticeable absence of audio or video on this blog; I’ve been content to hide behind the words (text) for so long. But this quarter, I decided I was going to step out and face my fear.
So guess what I did? I write romantic fiction as a ghostwriter so I contacted a few published authors and asked to interview them. I contacted three and two said yes! One agreed to audio. In about 30 minutes, I am going to have an audio interview with a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author!
If that isn’t enough to push me out of my comfort zone, I don’t know what is. Then to make it worse, I’ve been asked to teach a class on fiction writing; through webinar. I don’t speak with a drawl and I don’t have a crisp British accent. I have no intention of faking one either. This has been a huge problem for me.
I went ahead and confronted my fear by contacting those authors but that didn’t diminish the fear. Then I read this post by Kerry Russell and I thought; I don’t even have a phobia, just some silly fear about my accent. Kerry has a real phobia but she went on to have an interview despite that phobia. That was such an inspiration for me.
So I’m going ahead to do the interview in a few minutes. I am not going to let my fear hold me back. You shouldn’t let yours hold you back either.
What has stopped you from moving forward in your business or personal life? What are you afraid of?