Whether you're starting a new job as an employee or freelancing as a contractor, there's always that flutter of butterflies in your stomach at the start of it. Have you started with these and thought, "I'm never going to be good at this... " or "I'm going to fail." Whether you know it or not, these are two phrases that you say in your head subconsciously.
There have been occasions in my own business where I was plainly terrified. I needed to look straight at my feelings of fear and conclude I would not allow them to stop me.
Before I share my tips with you, I need to say that your attitude DOES matter. And it matters a lot.
How you plan your business and treat yourself will affect your choices and how others view you.
So, here they are… my tips for conquering apprehension and anxiety!
Write down your fears
Something I adore doing when I'm battling with dread is to work out my worries and fears on a piece of paper, and afterward, on the opposite side of the paper, compose a truthful statement for each that counters the feelings.
Recall your accomplishments
If you're feeling a little down on yourself, it very well might be an ideal opportunity to recall every one of the things you've achieved in your business.
So, any small goal you've achieved from just completing your image logo to reporting your business - celebrate! You've reached a goal in pursuit of your dreams.
Have a support network in place
An extraordinary method for becoming optimistic about your business is to have a dedicated support group to back you up! Observe similar individuals in your specialty who can help energize and uphold you through your business venture.
Remember where you started
Something that can get you extremely low in attitude is pondering how far you need to go or the objectives you haven't reached yet. I can't say how critical it is that you shouldn't forget to remember where you started! Whether you just began yesterday… every day and each progression forward is GREAT.
Don't compare yourself
Comparison is the death of progress. I'll be straightforward with you; the speediest method for breaking your self-confidence is to begin comparing yourself with others.
I see where your mind is going! Banish that thought!
I know it's hard to parse out good and bad when dealing with others in the same field. Just because someone has a set of skills you don't doesn't mean you're a failure. They may have been in the business longer than you and have had more time to focus on improving their skillset.
Setting aside an effort to foster your abilities can be a huge thing for your spirit and attitude.
One way to boost your confidence is to go out and LEARN. From those in your field, classes, YouTube... you name it, there will always be someone willing to teach you.
Success is being outside your comfort zone
Accomplishing something outside of your comfort zone can help how you feel much more than you may suspect.
I mean, what happens if you don't take the plunge and see if it's a good fit for you. As Neil Gaiman once said, "Better to finish your failures and learn from them; rather than starting something fantastic and never finishing."
Don't be afraid to reach out to those around you
Reaching out to those around you first to get more comfortable will help. Don't be afraid to talk to your friends and family about your business, and they will be your most staunch supporters.
Dedicate time to self-care and hobbies
Find things to do outside of work and don't work all the time! I used to be a terrible workaholic, and my first business took all my time to run. This time I've set aside time for myself to read, garden, watch TV, whatever hobby I want to do that day. As a business owner, you must take time for yourself, so you can go to work without feeling burned out and exhausted.
Banish negative words from your mind while you're facing challenges. They will rear their heads from time to time, but if you remember what you bring to the table and how you're helping those you work with, it will help with those challenges and meeting them head-on.