Launching a project is a risky endeavor. You are risking your investment in time and money. You are risking your reputation. And fear has a way of making these risks perfectly clear when you are about to start something. It whispers things like, "Will anyone buy what you are selling?" or "People won't respect you unless this is absolutely PERFECT!" and "Don't waste your time -- you are going to fail anyway."
Fear is an asshole.
Here are five ways you can punch fear in the face and change the way you think about starting your project.
Take a Scientific Approach
I'm all for experimentation. And usually, doing something you've never done before is simply that - an experiment. The key is actually trying something. See what happens. What is working? What isn't working? Make adjustments and try again.
I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. - Thomas Edison
Learn Through Doing
Getting an education is not scary. Sometimes, the only way to learn how to do something is to do it. You might be scared you won't be good at it, but no one is ever afraid they might learn something. It will be hard at first, but the more you do it, the more you learn and the better you will become.
Rally the Troops
Everyone needs a support system -- a cheer leading squad. Surround yourself with those who motivate and inspire you. Gather those around you who encourage growth and see your potential. Take in all the positive energy so fear has no room to breathe.
Fear As Fuel
Sometimes you cannot escape the fear. It is a physiological response in the brain, releasing a chain-reaction of chemicals that create a fight-or-flight response. Some people love this chemical rush, like they get when sky diving, bungee jumping, or driving a race car. The fear they feel is fuel -- and it is addictive. If you can harness that fear and use it as a fuel, propelling you to the next level.
Have an Exit Strategy
If your worries and fear are still in your way, it is time to confront them. My years as an event planner has taught me the value of having a back up plan. Imagine the worst that could happen and have a plan in place. What is the point when you cut your losses? By thinking it through and devising a strategy, you can put the worry to rest and concentrate of making it a success.
Question: What does fear whisper in your ear when you are planning to launch a project?
Write in the comments below about what fear says to you.