Eliminate the Fear

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eliminatethefearWhat’s the biggest thing holding you back from taking your blogging business to the next level of success?

In most cases, it’s not money. You don’t need much money to do this.

In most cases, it’s not time. Everyone has the same amount of time in the day. If you have a couple of hours a day to invest in your business, you can do this (stop watching too much TV or whatever else you do with your time).

In most cases, what’s holding you back is fear.

You’re afraid it won’t work. You’re afraid people won’t buy your first product. You’re afraid they won’t like your article.

Get over it.

Some people won’t like your blog post. So what?

Some people won’t like your product. So what? Refund them.

Some people won’t like your writing style. So what?

Why don’t you submit some of your blog posts to other bloggers to publish?

FEAR.

Why don’t you start writing to others to help promote your products as affiliates?

FEAR.

You’re afraid people might be offended by you. Or you’re afraid they will say no and you are rejected. Most won’t even respond. Others will and say “no”.

So what?

Running a blogging business means you have to develop thick skin, FAST!

You are opening yourself up to the world and for everyone to comment and send emails.

I’ve had people send me some really personal email that just rubbish me. So what?

Simply ignore them.

You’ll also get emails of real kindness, thanking you for all your advice and efforts.

Back in April of this year, I completed a talk to some local small business on the subject of “building websites”.

Public speaking is already fearful but when someone asked a question almost immediately and I didn’t know the answer…that was scary.

This is how it went:

“In the world of e-Commerce today, it is crucial businesses have a presence on the Internet, no matter how small they are…”, I started.

I was interrupted…

“What is e-Commerce?”

I was taken aback.

I didn’t know what the ‘e’ stood for?

I thought “Oh no, here we go. Some horrible feedback”.

But I was stunned by the amount of people who came up to me afterwards and said, “They loved it”.

How do you deal with FEAR?

You have to face it, head on.

You recognize the fear and take action in spite of it.

Most people, instead of confronting the fear, will make excuses.

“Well I don’t have time.”

That’s the biggest lie most people tell…that they don’t have time. We all have 24 hours a day. And you have time for whatever is important to you.

Eliminate your excuses and confront your fear.

Everything you do in your blogging business is a test. Begin thinking of that way.

This banner ad you’re getting ready to run is a test.

This new product is a test.

That blog post you just wrote is a test.

Writing to another blogger asking for a guest post is a test.

It is all a test.

It takes some of the pressure off when you have this attitude.

What holds you back from taking your blogging business to the next level of success?

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5 Responses to Eliminate the Fear

  1. Pain4Glory November 3, 2009 at 4:00 am #

    Great post! Just what I needed to see to get me motivated for the day.

  2. Gerlaine November 3, 2009 at 11:35 am #

    Fear had not been my major hold back in blogging. I think mine was blind ignorance. But sometimes I do feel afraid to write to people and make moves. I learned at a very young age to push through that fear, because success was on the other side of the scary thing.

    “It is always darkest before the light.” Thanks for this. It encouraged me in so many ways.

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