Being an entrepreneur and living the freedom lifestyle is enticing to many people. There are some of us, though, that are much more cautious at the thought of it. I am wary toward every decision we have to make in regards to that leap of faith.
I know there will be times of hardship in front of me if I do, in fact, take that leap. I’m all too aware that there will be times when the money is hard to come by. It’s rather obvious to those of us with anxiety that the leap may turn out to be outrageous.
I quake at the thought of every single unknown in the dark tunnel known as “making ourselves visible”. I have panic attacks at night as we lie awake in bed, staring at the ceiling. I don’t know when the results of our efforts will come from.
I am one of those people who are anxious about taking that leap. I have anxiety at every decision I’ve ever faced in my business. The thought of parting with my hard-earned money brings panic attacks nightly.
There are usually several thoughts running through my head on a daily basis. “Is there a cheaper way to do this? What’s the point of getting this if I can learn the same thing from that? Why is that course so damned much?!”
Yeah, you get the idea I’m making here. You have them too from time to time, though you know the course is valuable for furthering your business. Forking over the money is difficult at first but once you do, it’s like weight lifted off your shoulders.
There are certain questions running through your own mind as you sit here. Why can’t I make my brand be successful like the people I see on Facebook Ads? What am I doing wrong and how can I fix it? Is anxiety preventing my brand’s success?
These questions are exactly why I want to tell you about how anxiety prevents my success. I want to take you through the areas of my brand that anxiety is preventing me from fulling exploring. I want to show you that you aren’t the only one with this issue.
1. I choke at investing money into my business.
This has been an issue for me for a very long time. I have never been the type to spend money irrationally. I would much rather save it for future endeavors in case my money dries up. The very thought of spending money on my business is outrageous to me.
I know the adage “you have to spend money to make money” and understand the idea behind it. I know you have to invest time and money alike to get the results you are chasing after. The problem is that anxiety is preventing me from doing that.
Thoughts like “what if I don’t get the results promised?” keep going through my head as I stare at my screen for 10 minutes. I struggle over purchasing a course and end up not purchasing it because my anxiety prevents me.
Because of my anxiety, it takes a lot to convince me to buy expensive courses. I have to trust the person teaching the material on the course. Otherwise, I won’t buy the course and they’re out of their money.
2. I can’t make huge decisions without a panic attack.
There are certain decisions I can’t make because of the panic attacks. Nine times out of ten, I am panicking about purchasing something business-related. The higher the cost of the item, the bigger the possibility that I’ll panic.
I know my anxiety prevents my success because of this panic over certain decisions. The bigger the decision, the later I’ll lie awake in bed at night about it. The thoughts race in my head in circles to the point where I can’t begin to concentrate.
I can’t make any sort of decision if I can’t concentrate on it. I am left with a panic attack, which can last until the early morning hours. It results in me not being any closer to a decision. I’m also left with more questions than answers.
3. I know what’s going on but I can’t do anything about it.
When the anxiety rears its ugly head, I know exactly what’s going on. The anxiety ties my hands when it comes to doing anything about it. My mind tells me there is nothing I can do about it. I am left with frustration and the feeling of being an utter failure.
My mind is aware of what’s going on with the anxiety but it puts itself into a panic about it. It knows this feeling is nowhere near normal but it doesn’t know how to fix it. It’s sick and it’s trying its best to get better but it’s like it can’t get better.
When you have anxiety, it’s like you’re paralyzed. Your eyes can move but your body can’t move from the neck down. Your brain is telling your body to move but the body refuses to respond. How would your mind react other than to panic?
4. I am easily overwhelmed when it comes to your business.
There are what seems like a million things you need to do as a business owner. There are so many tasks on my to-do list, it’d seem, that I get overwhelmed quite easily. I don’t know where to turn first so I begin to panic.
It’s not hard for me to become overwhelmed with what may seem like a smaller task. I see the whole bigger picture and the end of the tunnel seems so very far away from my current position. My mind can’t seem to help panicking about it at the end of the day.
My anxiety prevents my success because the to-do list is so overwhelming. There are so many things we need to do that I end up having a panic attack. Have you ever had few moments where you hyperventilate and can’t catch your breath? Yeah…I thought so.
5. You have to take small baby steps to get anything accomplished.
Because of my own experience with anxiety, I have to take baby steps to get a major task accomplished. I break the monthly goal up into smaller weekly tasks. I then break those weekly tasks up into daily tasks so I won’t become overwhelmed.
My anxiety prevents my success here because I let myself see the monthly tasks instead of the daily ones. I let myself see all the obstacles in my way and it bothers me to the point of panicking over it.
Breaking up larger tasks into smaller tasks without the overwhelm is a great way to get things done. Nine times out of ten, you don’t realize how much you’ve gotten done until later. It helps to prevent overwhelm as well. Ya dig?
Over to You!
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