What if I told you that you can be afraid and keep going? It’s been a while since I’ve blogged. 3 months to be exact. I remember when blogging was my outlet. It’s where it all began. Now my days are filled with running my businesses, working jobs to finance said businesses, taking care of a 3-year old, and attempting to remain half-way sane in the process.
I’m often asked what word of advice I would give to someone wanting to start a new business. The answer varies from day to day, but the more I think about it, I can actually narrow it down to three words: Do It Afraid.
“Doing it afraid” has been the single-most effective thing I’ve ever done (outside of praying, fasting, and crying out to the Lord in times of overwhelming stress). Fear can be paralyzing.
- Fear of Failure
- Fear of Disappointment
- Fear of Success
- Fear of Judgment
We carry around these unwarranted fears and allow them to keep us from moving forward. When I tell the story of being stood up on my 30th Birthday on a trip to Vegas, people assume that I fearlessly jumped on the plane and jetted off to the trip of a lifetime. While it was the trip of a lifetime, I was terrified! I had no idea what to expect. I’d never gone anywhere alone in my own city, let alone in a city I’d never been to.
As I look back over that story, I realize that God needed me to see so much more than met the eye. Little did I know that this one random instance was changing the trajectory of my life, and shaping what would be my future career. God knew that I’d never do something like that on my own. I was too afraid.
- What would people say?
- What would people think?
- I’m not capable of doing this by myself!
We all have something within us that is being held captive by fear. I wonder what would happen if we decided to do it afraid. I know what happened for me.
- I began sharing my story with women around the world.
- I started a business
- I started another business
- I began traveling alone, and it has become my preferred method of travel.
- I realize that the more I do it afraid, the easier it becomes… until the fear subsides.
I realize I rushed pretty quickly through this blog, but something in my spirit said that someone needed a little push on this Wednesday Morning to Do it Afraid.
Everything will work out.
If you need a little motivation, check out my latest booklet “She Is: Daily Power Words for the Modern Day Lady Boss.”
I’d love to hear about the times when you’ve done it afraid. Did it pay off for you?