But I have found that the result of trying so hard to avoid them can be complete immobility.
So instead of being stuck in fear, doubt or indecision, it’s much better to take a chance and stretch your wings.
If you falter a bit in flight, you will learn more effective ways to use your wings.
What’s so bad about that?!
Failure can be incredible testing ground for finding out just how amazing you can be.
Chris Brogan recently wrote a post on the subject, referring to failure as “a business imperative.” As I have written many times in the past, failure or mistakes are par for the course in business. My dad taught me that some of the best lessons we learn in life, cost us the most.
To approach business from a fear mindset, with a determination never to fail, is an impossible feat. In an effort to make every decision with perfection, you will find that you never make any. Chris suggests that we follow the wise words, written inadvertently by a Hubspot employee on the wrong company wall, and ask the question, “Why hasn’t anyone?” But for women, I am not sure that really taps into the motivation they need to take a leap.
Take the question one step further to a rhetorical statement, like “Why can’t I?!”
In the competitive business arena, where too many women hold themselves hostage with imagined fear, I think writing that boldly on a wall might instill the confidence to step out and see what’s possible. You’ll never know how great you can be if you don’t (1) get out there and try, and (2) keep getting up when you stumble. And you must accept that fact that you will stumble.
More importantly, if you’ve been allowing yourself to be held back by fear, or by the voices of others, I encourage you to doing some breaking free by entertaining the statement for yourself — Why can’t I.
There is no answer.
There might be excuses, but aren’t you equally as tired of those?
Time to get moving ladies. The world is waiting to see the wonder of your gifts in action. Don’t keep them waiting any longer.
P.S.- Don’t miss my guest post for 365 Days of Startups, and find out if you are a Bird Watcher or a Hunter. Because only one approach will help you achieve extraordinary success in business.