Overcoming Fear In Your Training Business
Kicking Off your Training Business
You’ve taken the leap and started your own training business. But what’s keeping you up at night? Is it fear of failure and rejection that keeps you tossing and turning in the midnight hours?
It’s that same fear that can prevent your business from moving forwards. Stuck in a rut, doing the same thing over and over again with the same lacklustre results. It’s frustrating. We feel you.
The most common fears of training business owners are fears of failure, fears of losing money, fears of rejection, fears of success (yes!), fears of not being good enough, or standing up to competitors. The list is endless. First of all, you’re not alone. But knowing that is just the beginning. Once you have acknowledged your fears, it’s time to put into place robust strategies that will help you overcome them.
We’re going to share with you our top strategies to overcoming fear, breaking out of the rut and watching your training business skyrocket to infinity and beyond!
Rethink Your Fears
One of the biggest fears of business owners is the fear of failure. It can be debilitating and it can prevent you from taking risks that are essential to the success of your business. When it comes to failure we have been conditioned to think that we absolutely must not fail. But is failure really that bad? Think of a child learning how to ride a bike.
When fear of failure, and falling off, becomes so overwhelming it actually becomes a barrier to success. Only when that child sheds the fear and jumps hell for leather into actually trying to ride the bike is success possible. So, it’s time to rethink your fears. Is failing actually that bad?
What if you transformed your thinking and faced every experience with an open, growth focused mindset. The fact of that matter is, you will encounter setbacks in your training business. It might be that your finely tuned courses go unfilled, or your lesson doesn’t quite hit the right spot you imagined it would. Each of these ‘failures’ are actually just learning experiences. Each one contributes to your success. Without them, you won’t grow or progress.
When you give it your best shot, no matter the result, you have the unique opportunity to gather invaluable information and insight that will only make you better next time around. What’s there to be scared of?
Keep Your Goals Firmly in Mind
When you are gripped by debilitating fear it can seem impossible to move forwards. But what if you switched up that thought with something even more fear inducing? The possibility of not reaching your goal.
When you are stuck in the mire of worrying about something you have the power to change, it’s a struggle to work out the solution. In these times, take a moment to think about what the consequences of NOT making it work are. Consequences such as shutting down your business, no longer being your own boss, and having to go back to the 9 to 5 you started your own training business to escape. When fear strikes and you have the ability to control what is happening, or at least influence it, take some time to motivate yourself by considering the alternatives if you fold now.
You’re guaranteed to find that fire, grit and determination that put you here in the first place and embrace the fear as a motivator to success.
Fake it until you make it
Fear is a natural and normal reaction to situations that push us out of our comfort zones. Sometimes the above strategies aren’t quite enough to move us forwards, and that’s okay. But when that happens, it’s about embracing a totally different persona and forging on anyway. If you’ve got a clear goal and a robust plan, the only thing missing is CONFIDENCE. And sometimes the secret to dredging up confidence from deep inside yourself means faking it.
Stand up tall, take the leap, do something that scares you. When you enter into your business with the confidence that you will succeed, you will be surprised at how often you do. And by saying YES to those opportunities you might have previously turned down because of fear and anxiety, you might find that growth and success is waiting for you just around the corner.