Scared of starting out on your own? No surprise here, sometimes the best startup ideas begin with a good solid freak out.
We often classify these moments as bad—but when it comes to moving on with a great business idea, fear can be a very, very good thing. We can easily imagine some of the questions on your mind: “Is my idea good enough?” to “Would people like it?” to “Is it really a good time to start my own company? What the hell am I doing?” Your ideas, however lofty, are valid. Trust us.
Now, let’s explain.
It sobers you up
Usually, people freak out about something that they truly consider of great value. You may have been working out your plans for weeks (maybe months) and feel ready for the next step, but the fear of failing is holding you back. We get it, the first time you start anything at all can be stressful.
But here’s the thing: You can’t start if you don’t actually start. So, let fear propel you to creating a totally new path for yourself.
It pushes you forward
Realize now that you have a choice: you could sleepwalk through life and take no risks, or you could push yourself and take a leap of faith. Make the decision to try the unknown, because the known may no longer work for you. Of course, you should address the question: “I’m scared about really doing this—what do I do?” and actually build a plan around it.
Panic will help you build an exit strategy and give you a little bit of breathing room for your new business. You know why? We aren’t biologically engineered to hold things in forever! Eventually, you’ll have to let it out.
The next time you freak out about your new gig, pat yourself on the back, because you are one step closer to that next great thing. So, take a deep breath (literally—this can be helpful) rather than allowing yourself to fret forever.
If you’re that terrified of taking a leap, use this feeling to power yourself forward. You got this!
Want to tell us about the fear of finding out what’s next for you? Talk to us in the comments.