Do Not Allow Fear Control Your Life
It was my youngest daughter that introduced me to Prince EA and his YouTube video “10 Celebrities who Failed“. At the bottom of today’s post, I’ll share that video and how these well-known figures did not allow fear and self-doubt control them.
Richard Williams, better known by his stage name Prince EA, is an American rapper, spoken word artist, music video director and rights activist from St Louis, Missouri. His goal for his YouTube channel is to make people laugh, cry, think, and love with the ultimate goal to evolve.
You can check out his YouTube channel here.
In 2008, I was starting to help others learn how to use social media for their business. This was at a time that social media wasn’t even a word. At a time, when Facebook only had groups and not pages. For whatever reason, I knew that this would be the new way of doing business.
A co-worker loved what I was doing and had spoken with a local entrepreneur. She had told him what I was doing and thought he might be interested in using my services. About a week later, she asked if I would meet with him over coffee. I was excited to be asked to meet him and eagerly said yes.
When we met, he was hesitant about whether or not social media marketing would help his business. It’s a good thing that I had a little presentation prepared and was able to work through his fears.
This entrepreneur had several businesses in the region. He wanted to do a trial run for one of them and if he felt that using my services was successful and increased exposure to that business, he was open to using it for his other business’. I agreed and we shook hands and I drove home.
It wasn’t until later that evening that I started to get a little anxious. Thoughts crept into my mind:
Can I do this?
Am I good enough?
What if I fail?
Maybe I need to learn more about using social media for business?
The next morning, I sent him an email and gave an excuse of why I couldn’t help him. I don’t remember the excuse that I gave him but I do remember that feeling of that pit at the bottom of my stomach
I was too scared to give it a try. I had so many self-doubts about myself. I failed before even trying. Fear made me give a sorry excuse and miss out on a really good opportunity.
Read My Post: 8 Ways to Conquer Self Doubt
Life Lesson On Fear
I learned that I cannot let fear control my decisions because some opportunities you only get one chance. Life is too short to not go after what you want.
I am now open to new opportunities. I send my thoughts out to the universe and say that I am ready for what’s next.
Stand up. Open your arms and say out loud: “I am open to new opportunities!”
Be prepared for what will come your way. I was not. I don’t think I could ever imagine what would come next.
Since then, my consultant services grew. I have spoken in front of groups of people to share my knowledge on digital marketing. I still provide one-on-one services when requested. I’ve been asked to speak to Chamber of Commerce members the benefits of using social media for their business. And even been a speaker at business events.
I am not going to lie, I still get nervous. But courage is not the absence of fear, it is the ability to act in the presence of fear.
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10 Celebrities Who Failed
Without further ado, here’s the video that I mentioned at the beginning of this post.
As Prince EA quotes at the end: They overcame many obstacles and many doubters and had the rare courage to create a life that was true to them.
How do you overcome your fears? Let me know in the comments below!
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