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The Power of Fear

Friday, February 01, 2013

Over the past little while, I have realized just how paralysing fear can be. Fear of success AND fear of failure.

My best friend recently shared an article with me. It's about her father and his wife, a couple who have devoted their retirement to helping out others through Samaritan's Purse (the article for anyone who is interested in reading it:

At the very end of the article, Claus says something that really resonates with me. Because it is exactly what is holding me back right now. He says, "I think you can scare yourself out of doing anything if you think about it long enough."

And he is so right. Because that's exactly where I am right now.

I have several opportunities in front me that are related to my business. I've been offered a job as a private chef. I've also put up an ad on Kijiji that has resulted in 1 solid booking for a 50-65 person wedding, a tentative booking for a 3-day event for 15 people and a Request for Proposal for 150 person wedding.

And here's where I am: I am paralysed by fear. I'm terrified that my business will succeed. And I am terrified that it will fail. So what do I do? Nothing. I'm all talk. A lot of talk. Fear has paralysed me. And that needs to change. Since 2002 I have been talking about having my own business (in one form or another). So, Kathleen, you need to just get off your a$$ and do it.

My trip to Barbados with SEPTEMBERSPIRIT is going to be so much that JUST a vacation. It's going to be a chance to recharge, meditate, discuss, ponder, plan and decide. Because when I get home I need to have a clear idea of what direction my life is going in. Because right now, I'm just floundering.

It is still early enough in 2013 that I can do something about my fear. This has to be my year.
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    Well, you'll have plenty of time to relax and think about your future while you're on vacation. Make the most of it and enjoy every minute!

    1872 days ago
  • AME4IT
    How fantastic that your business is taking off! I have all the faith in you that you will not only book all of the 'tentatives' and the wedding asking for a proposal, but you will ROCK each event...and that will bring even more business. You are so worth all of the positive attention!

    Have a rockin great time in Barbados.
    1872 days ago
    OMG how exciting!!!
    The bookings? a personal chef? emoticon
    You go girl!

    You are the only one holding you back!
    What's the worse that can happen?
    The possibilites are endless


    You and Helene are going to have a wonderful trip!!!!
    1875 days ago
    You know the trip is just the medicine you need and I'll be your 'pep talk' person girl because you WILL be successful and I'm here as your friend to help make it happen in any way I can... website, administrative help, whatever you need... I'm there for you!!! emoticon emoticon
    1876 days ago
    Sometimes you get to that stage you need to take stock of everything.Good luck!
    1876 days ago
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