Why I’m Terrified of Starting a Business

I recently made a decision to enroll in Marie Forleo’s B School- a decision that was difficult to make but that I ultimately feel confident in. While I still have a day job, this is a new commitment to my coaching business. I’d like to take life coaching full time eventually, so I know this is a worthwhile investment. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t scare me. As part of an assignment to prepare for B School, I wrote down all my fears about starting a business. I’ve written before about how fear can help you, and I still find that to be true.

My Fears about Starting a Business

I set my timer on my favorite writing app for 5 minutes and listed out everything I could think of. Here’s a screenshot of what I typed out:

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Wait… Those Aren’t That Bad

One of my fears is ending up in my current situation! That’s a HUGE motivator for me to make a change. And did you see the last line? On health insurance? I can tell I was struggling to think of more fears at that point.

There are a few real fears I want to address in the list. Having a plan to will make these fears less likely to happen and will make me more relaxed and confident as I start my business.

Not Making Enough Money

That’s why I’m keeping my day job. I do eventually want to take my business full time, but I know that this could take awhile. I don’t want to stress myself out by pressuring myself to make money to pay the bills.

Burning Out

In the past, I have started projects and put way too much effort into the project at a completely unsustainable pace. I know myself well enough to realize that the “all work and no play” approach does not work for me. I need balance and time for my other priorities- taking care of my body, reading and having introvert time, and spending time with friends and family. So, I’m going to set some boundaries around how much time I put into this project.

  • I already don’t check email (work or personal) on my phone.
  • I will do at least one thing for fun every day.
  • When I feel tired, I will give myself a break by reading a novel, taking a nap, or spending time with loved ones.

Forcing Growth

I want to grow my business in a way that’s right for me and my life. I have an idea of where I want to go with this business, but I know it will evolve as my life changes. New programs will come from great new ideas, not because I “should” increase my revenue. To do this, I’m going to continue my daily habit of checking in with my intuition. When I am in alignment with my intuition, I know I am living out my values in my business and my life.

What are you afraid of? How can you use these fears to move forward?

Love to you all,

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