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By Terez Howard
My husband and I got our nearly 3-year-old daughter an outdoor play set. She loves the clubhouse, the swings and attached picnic table. The ladder and slide are another story.
“I have to get bigger and bigger, Mama, before I go up the ladder,” she tells me.
Meanwhile, I’m remembering the first day she played on the play set and fearlessly climbed that ladder and happily slid down the slide. She must have selective memory or something because she will climb the first step of the ladder and ask for help. “I’m too high. I’m afraid,” she says in a panicked voice with fake tears brewing.
When it comes to your business, what are you afraid of? Are you terrified of learning how to master Twitter? Are you scared that you won’t be able to write engaging, regular blog posts? Does the idea of marketing via Youtube frighten you?
There’s always something. What do you do? You face your fears. So you set up a Twitter account, download WordPress software and purchase a video camera to start shooting your very own Youtube videos. These are the first steps and a great start. But they are only a start.
I have to admit that I have a video camera and have in my mind to start shooting videos for my business. But I’ve been procrastinating away, figuring that I don’t know what to do or how to edit video or how exactly to promote it. I can think of a million reasons to continue procrastinating. And with your business building fear, you probably can, too.
So, face your fears. I mean that we business owners have to do our research, jump into a project and get it going. It’s not going to be easy. It’s probably not going to be quick. It will, however, be good for business.
My little girl still refuses to climb the dreaded, tall ladder. I’m sure she’ll get the hang of it, though. Some day, she’ll remember that she can do it, and she will. Don’t underestimate yourself. You will successfully face your fears.
Terez Howard operates TheWriteBloggers, a professional blogging service which builds clients’ authority status and net visibility.