Starting any new endeavor can be scary. Maybe you’re unleashing your inner artist onto canvas for the first time. Perhaps you’re just starting the training for the marathon you’ve wanted to run. For me, I was afraid of failure and rejection when I started my business in 2009.
I think this fear is common for many new entrepreneurs. What I quickly learned, however, was that I had to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. There are many “failures” on the path to success and I discovered that those times I failed were actually opportunities to learn and improve where needed.
Sure, I’ve experienced failure and rejection many times since launching my business. What’s kept me going and kept my business moving, however, has been the overarching desire to serve others and being insanely passionate about what I do.
Mike Lindell, CEO and owner of MyPillow.com, believes the same. I recently came across an interview with him over on Eventual Millionaire. Something he said really resonated with me and I thought you would find value in on too:
“You’ve got to believe in it. If you don’t have the passion, stop. You’ve either got to have the passion to override the fear or I think you’re not going to make it through that fear, because you’re going to take the easy path, ‘Just set it on the shelf over here and when times get better in my life then I’ll come back to it,’ that day doesn’t come for a lot of people.”
His words are so true. In network marketing, particularly, I see so many people dip their toe into a company, “hoping it will work”, never really facing their fears and doing the work required to move forward. The network marketing business model DOES work…and it’s insanely powerful…but not unless YOU work. And remember…success is 99% failure. Keep failing long enough and your success story will be written before you know it!
Embrace your passion, override the fear and DECIDE you’ll make it work – whatever your “it” is. 🙂 Nothing of worth comes easy. Yes, there are those rare stories of luck and what seems like overnight success, but every individual’s journey is different.
Commit to following your path with daily activity towards your goal. When others don’t believe, YOU keep believing. Your breakthrough is just around the corner…but you’ll never get there if you don’t believe in yourself and what you offer. Ignore the naysayers. Find a mentor. Stick to your plan. DECIDE and commit. Now, go make your mark on the world.
I can’t wait to celebrate with you.
So I was initially afraid of fear and rejection. Can you empathize? What fear is (or was) holding YOU back from moving forward with a particular endeavor?