Who knew a business lesson would come out of Breakfast at Tiffany’s?
The Mean Reds … where suddenly you’re afraid, but you don’t know what you’re afraid of.
I don’t know about you but this feeling is all-too-familiar in the world of self-employment. You’re trudging along just great until you wake up one day and out of the blue, you suddenly fear it all (sometimes I call this a Tuesday) 🙂
You know how it goes … you come up with this great new project or you’re just about ready to launch your business. You’ve been working tirelessly for months and with each new day you become even more excited than the previous as you see it all come together. You’re motivated. You’re inspired. You feel great.
Then, just before you go live, all those feelings seem to disappear into thin air. You start questioning everything. You look at your hard work and it’s as if you’re staring through entirely new lenses as it suddenly doesn’t feel good enough, or ready, or perfect. Then you become afraid.
These are the mean reds of business, folks. And they come in the form of self-sabotaging behavior.
So how do we overcome the mean reds of business? We need to outsmart our brains.
We crave the familiar and the comfortable. And our brain is wired to avoid change; that’s why habits are so hard to break and creating stickiness with new habits is difficult. So we need to re-wire it when we feel the mean reds coming on. And don’t forget, the mean reds in business is just a sign that something BIG (and wonderful) is on the horizon for you.
The best way to re-wire your brain for this upcoming change and to push through self-sabotage behavior is to build a new comfort zone for it to live in. This can be done through the power of visualization.
Take the catalyst that is causing you to have the mean reds – for our sake, let’s say a new project you’re launching – and envision it all the way through completion to the best possible scenario you can envision. Take out a pen and paper and document what this vision of success looks like, down to every last detail.
Ask yourself: What does this project look like in completion? Who is involved? What money am I generating? How do I feel? Where am I? What do I look like? What am I doing?
The more you can take charge and paint this picture of change as a positive thing, the more your brain can adapt to it’s soon-to-be new horizons. Then, when you get closer to that pivotal shift of change, your brain doesn’t push you away from it, it draws you closer because you’ve already secured the familiar vision of what it looks like.
How do you overcome fear in your business? What’s one tactic that’s pushed you through self-sabotage behavior so you could successfully execute in your business?
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