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Facing fears and saying goodbye to self-doubt in business

By Sanchia Aronberg
Saturday, September 1, 2018

Facing fears and saying goodbye to self-doubt in business

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I do love a quote and the two that I have found for this blog are amazing! What do you think?

I have been meaning to write this blog for some time (school holidays have prevented this) but here it is, better late than never I say. So why have I wanted to write this? A few reasons really, September is a funny time of year with summer holidays over and children potentially starting school, it is like the start of a new year for some. Many of my friends, clients, business colleagues and potential clients go back to work or perhaps they are thinking about starting a business or considering what their next step will be. Transition phases can be very exciting but also very daunting (more on transition phases in my next blog so keep an eye out for this)!

So fear in business, what do you fear? I read this fantastic article in the Harvard business review all around fear and how it helps and hurts entrepreneurs: https://hbr.org/2018/04/how-fear-helps-and-hurts-entrepreneurs Self-doubt in business can be very all consuming and stop us from doing the things we love and are good at. An article from Entrepreneur Europe gives some fantastic advice and tips on moving on from self-doubt: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/239724

Does any of this resonate with you? What do you do when you feel fearful?

When setting up a business many people spend some time thinking about targets, putting a plan in place and then setting off with all the good intentions and motivation of a new business owner. What about the action and the regular checks to see if it is working? I speak to a number of people who have big stumbling blocks to their success by having great ambitious goals but no follow through and therefore left feeling that they are not achieving. So a few tips on keeping calm and achieving those goals whilst keeping motivated and getting that direction that you need to be successful.

1. Use a simple method that works for you to achieve those goals. Vision board, written lists, talking to a friend/mentor etc. For me a tried and tested method is the GROW model. It is a fantastic and simple way of discovering what your goals are and putting them into action. As a reminder this is the GROW model:

Goal setting:

Goal - how will you know when you have reached the goal

Reality - What is happening now (what, who, when, and how often)? What is the effect or result of this? What is stopping me from achieving this goal?

Options – explore obstacles in each option

Will - How can you keep yourself motivated? When do you need to review progress? Daily, weekly, monthly?

2. Communicate the goal and monitor your progress.

Accountability and monitoring tend to go hand in hand — it is not unusual to be more mindful of completing a task when we know someone is going to ask you how you are getting on, so speak to a trusted friend or mentor or come along to one of my business groups or workshops (shameless plug)!

3. Start taking action today.

It is what it says on the tin, why spend time on writing down your goals and talking about them if you don’t start putting them into action so take those small steps towards the big reward. Remember to be kind to yourself along the way and celebrate those small wins!

Until next time….

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