Most people have toyed with the idea of working for themselves once or twice in their lives.For most fear is one of the biggest reasons most people wont start their own online business or any other new venture for that matter.Fear of taking the leap of faith is usually disguised as procrastination, lack of preparation or limiting beliefs.
1. Most People never really define specifically what starting an online business means for them
For most people, the idea of starting an online business, is just that an idea, too far-fetched, not having role models around or people who are living their dreams doesn’t help either. In addition, some of us are surrounded by people who don’t believe in us and what we want to achieve.
Unless you truly believe in what it means for you to start an online business, you will never really start your own venture, you will be paralyzed by other people’s reasons for not starting instead of listening and believing on your own Why.
2. Most People are not prepared to pay the price
Do you remember when you first started learning to drive? Do you remember when you had to think of everything before driving? Putting the key on the ignition, taking the gear out of neutral, the clutch the accelerator etc. But fast forward years later your subconscious mind has taken over and now driving is almost second nature? You can start the car while talking on your phone (not recommended btw), talking to your partner, giving out to your kids at the back or listening to the radio etc.
Starting anything new is challenging, in the beginning you have to figure out how everything works but with time it becomes second nature, allow time…the biggest question is, can you delay instant gratification? Everything takes time,in your business focus on providing value and offering the best product/service and in no time the business will start serving you.
If you cannot delay gratification and patiently working on improving your value offering, you simply won’t be able to sustain the business and will be tempted to quit along the way.
3. Most People wait too long to start
Most people wait for the perfect moment to come before they make the decision to start something new, they wait for all their ducks to be in row before they can move forward.
The longer you wait the longer it’s going to take for you to see results. We cannot get rid of fear completely. There will never be a day when you are no longer afraid. Fear will always be at the back of your head, the secret is to feel the fear and do it anyway!
4. Most People are too lazy and won’t put in the hard work!
Ask anyone if they want financial freedom and most people will most certainly say yes please! But give them a step by step blueprint and they will still find excuses or limitations or reason to quit! Most people want things to be easy
Even lotto winners will tell you that they were days that they felt discouraged but kept going and went out to buy the next ticket!
There is no magic button, everyone would tell you that you will have to put in some work, so just roll up the sleeves and get going!
5. Most People wait until they know enough/or have figure it all out!
Fear of the unknown paralyses us. It prevents us from starting anything new.
The way our brains are wired is that we would be prepared to put up with what we know – even though we are unhappy and unfulfilled rather than facing the unknown.
We then find excuses and tell ourselves things like once I get the degree then I will be ready, once I do that course then I will be ready… the truth is you will never be ready, we are always evolving and it doesn’t matter how many degrees you have, what matters is the application and how you apply the little knowledge that you have to learn more and develop from that knowledge.
6. Fear stops people from starting their own online business
Take a minute to think about all the number of times fear stopped you from taking action and in the process cost you opportunities or time
Learn to harness your fear and rather than focusing on the negatives use fear to force yourself into positive action
Remember that money and success live on the other side of fear.
7. They Give responsibility to others
A lot of people would start something but would then expect miracles or hand over responsibilities to others to change their circumstance and grow their businesses. You need to have some understanding of what you are about to embark on, understand the risks and the rewards and what is involved. Don’t pass on the responsibility of your own future for others to sort out, that is your responsibility.
8. Most People give up when they face challenges
There will be challenges. Just like the 9-5, running a house hold, going to uni or starting anything new. Life is full of challenges. What makes it different to those who succeed is what they do with the challenges they face and the person they become after those challenges.
Learn to fail fast, detach from the outcome and focus on providing value to your customers instead.
Ask yourself what’s stopping you starting your own online business today?
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