Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Another new beginning


So I am getting ready to take the plunge and start a business for myself. I am going to take what I have learned here and the changes I have made in my life and put them to work helping others set goals, learn self-confidence and understand what they mean by successes. I am terrified of doing this on several levels. But I also know this is something I can do, and need to do both to overcome the fear of it as well as for financial reasons. So I need to get a plan in gear and get started. First I need to exercise my demons.

In the past I have not had much luck working for myself. As an insurance agent I had trouble brining in clients and did not follow through very well on many of the small details of the business. Back then I was selling someone else's product and ideas and at the same time I learned some truly useful marketing skills. I know with a bit of effort I can develop a basis of clients and keep them coming back on a regular basis. This combined with referrals should be enough to get me started. As for the details and managing those it will be my own system of details rather than the rules of large, heavily regulated corporations dictating what is important. I have talked about taking back the battle field before and I think this is another one that needs reclaiming.

I also worry that I am not qualified to do this work. I am afraid I will give the wrong advice or that someone will take what I show them the wrong way. This is a silly thing to worry about because I give advice away for free every day and don't worry about it. People come to me with questions and I give honest responses. The problem I think comes from claiming to be an expert or an authority on anything. My qualifications are simply this: what I have done has worked for me and it can work for others.

The biggest fear I have though is that no one will want my help. I fear rejection more them pretty much anything else. I think this is what is truly at the root of my procrastination what if I start marketing myself and no one calls no one even take my number off the flyers. That thought terrifies me. This is what I have to work on now, not just in the context of the business but in the context of life in general. I will need to figure out a system I can use for this if any one has any suggestions let me know.

Thank you all for sitting with me as I fight back these negative thoughts. I would not even be considering this course of action if it was not for the great readers and commenter's I have had here. Your insights and encouragements have meant a lot to me and done wonders to help build my confidence. Once again thank you all and I will be back with more of my thoughts on personal growth and living the life we want to rather than the life society tells us to live tomorrow.

4 comments:

Oscar said...

Don't let fear win. You can overcome fear if you want.

Shelly Rayedeane said...

Do not be afraid to follow your dreams! One way of conquering this fear would be to focus on those things you can control and set goals and stick to them!

I see you have already done that as I have read your last post.

I'm sorry I haven't been commenting much lately! I've set a few goals myself and I've been busy.

I hope you have a wonderful week!

I believe in you!

mike said...

I have no worries about your ultimate success in whatever you choose to do

Quinn said...

Oscar- yes I can overcome fear thanks for reminding me.

Shelly- thank you for your confidence. I do not expect anyone to comment on every thing right so don;t get stressed out by not commenting.

Mike- Thanks

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