Fear means GO!

Have you ever found yourself self-sabotaging against taking the next best step in your life or business and continuously procrastinating because you are waiting for things to be (somehow) perfect? Well…I am there right now.

Just over two weeks ago I wrote my first blog post for this new website. I intended to launch the website on the 1st of September. However, that hasn’t happened yet. I am scared to share the new site with more people because I fear it may not be perfect.

Funny thing is this: I design websites for a living. Yes! I actually share some of the websites I have designed here. So what’s the big deal, right?

I sat down with myself and asked: Tariro, is it really the website or the changes coming with the website that you are afraid of sharing? You see, I am not just moving from the website that many have known for years i.e. twenty47va.com. I am dropping some services I was offering. I am focusing on just a few specialised services. There are a lot of things I ask myself upon coming to terms with this:

Will I find the right clients for these new services?

Are my old clients feeling like I just abandoned them?

What if I fail to impress my new clients?

…and so many more questions.

But as I type this, I am realising that it’s just fear that’s trying to take over. Fear is trying to prevent me from embracing change or allowing my clients to do the same. Fear is trying to remind me of the many ways things could go wrong so that I fail to see the many ways in which they could also go right.

As I type this I remember the two mantras I always go back to whenever I am gripped by fear:

FEAR MEANS GO!

FEEL THE FEAR & DO IT ANYWAY!

This is what I tell clients who find themselves on the edge about hiring me or anyone else as a VA. They know they need help but they are just not sure if establishing a relationship with a VA will work for them. I always say: Try it out for a week, two weeks or a month. You can always cancel if it’s not working for you. But you don’t want to be bogged down and drowning in tasks and projects you could have otherwise delegated to someone else.

Like me trying to launch this new website, hiring a VA is a new thing. You are bound to be afraid of many things that could go wrong. But there are many things that could go right and it could be one of the best decisions you ever made for your business and life.

That said, I am ready to tell the world what’s new in my world.

Let’s do this!

2 thoughts on “Fear means GO!

  1. Gubokwe Mbambo

    I love your article. It has given me new strength to ride on fear and just go. I am suffering from burnout in my career and actually typed and printed my resignation letter back in July but never presented it to my employer. SO for me your article has made a huge difference to the fear that was holding me back from changing my life.

    Thanks Tariro

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    1. Tariro The VA Post author

      Thank you Gubokwe. OMG! I remember when I typed my resignation letter the first time. It was in October 2013. I could not give it to my superior. To be honest I was all kinds of scared. And I didn’t do it. I couldn’t. I went back to dreaming and planning and finally found the courage to do it 2 months later. But someone told me, you realise that fear seems to only be there to just stop us and what happens when we stop? Well…everything that’s happening to us in the current. Nothing new happens. We remain where we are. We remain where we feel safe and comfortable, right?

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