Is Fear Interfering With Your Business?


Throughout your entrepreneurial journey, fear will creep in and try to throw you off your game. Regardless of how strong, how determined, and how resilient you are as a business owner, fear can make you question every decision you ever made. So, it’s important for entrepreneurs to find a way to keep fear from interfering with their businesses.

Here are five ways entrepreneurs can fight their fears (and find the strength to push their businesses forward):

1. Learn how to recognize the subtle signs of fear. Fear easily disguises itself as worry, anxiety, stress, sleeplessness, headaches, frustration, etc. Whenever you notice those signs, and find yourself consumed in self-pity, it’s time to shake things up to get you out of that funk. Fear starts off small, but if you don’t acknowledge and deal with it quickly, you can easily become a victim in your situation. As soon as you see the symptoms of fear- make the changes you need to make so that it doesn’t consume you.

2. Amplify the positives, instead of the negatives. Fear has a way of distorting reality. It heightens every negative thing around you, and buries all the positive things. You can fight back by changing that dynamic. Amplify everything that is great in your life, and minimize all the negative things that cause you to worry and complain. Work hard to keep the negatives from getting any bigger than they need to be. Positive thinking keeps you in a better mood, and allows you to attract the opportunities you need to improve your overall situation.

3. Don’t allow fear to consume you. You should never allow yourself to wallow in your fear for too long. Everyone deserves a moment to vent or shed a tear. Go ahead and deal with your emotions, face your fear, and find a way to get your swag back. Take that moment, and then move on. Don’t shut off the world and let fear win the battle. Hurry up and find a reason to smile again. Put yourself around positive people, go to a comedy show, buy yourself a gift, talk to someone who inspires you… Do whatever you have to do to shake off that negative energy. Get back to being your happy and productive self again. Your business cannot thrive on fear, so you have to shake it off.

4. Remember the grass is not greener on the other side. When things aren’t going right with your business, it’s easy to torture yourself with the idea that you can just go out and get a job. Obviously, a job is not what you want, or you wouldn’t have started your business in the first place. Having a job is not the solution to your problems, so stop teasing yourself with the idea, that ditching your business for a job is an acceptable backup plan. Dedicate your full energy into making sure your business is a success.

5. Remind yourself that your goals are still within reach. When entrepreneurs first start out they are optimistic, fearless and excited about how all their ideas will change the game. Then, somewhere between their first disappointment and their 50th one, they start to doubt themselves, their business, and their will to keep pushing. When this happens, give yourself the pep talk you need to keep going. Look in the mirror and recognize hot you are, how great your business is, and how much you’ve accomplished since you first started out. Remember, you already put in the work, so it makes no sense to stop now. Your dreams are way too close. Fight against the fear, and keep pushing toward your dreams.

Whenever fear sneaks in and tries to consume your mind with worry, don’t let yourself fall into its trap. Stay focused on your business, your goals, and why you chose to be an entrepreneur in the first place. Whatever you do, don’t look back. The distractions of fear will keep you from seeing the opportunities in your path. No matter how many challenges you face, or how many obstacles you have to navigate around, keep believing in yourself and your business. You can and will survive, so don’t surrender to fear. Not only will you survive, but you’ll have a thriving business and a great story to share about your incredible journey to the top.

Be great!


  1. Susan Richards
    Posted November 2, 2010 at 6:35 PM | Permalink

    Tia, I appreciate your post on ‘fear’.

    A realization … mind mapping tasks … in bite size pieces may be the key to overcoming ‘ fear’ in this journey.

    With much appreciation.

    • Posted November 3, 2010 at 2:53 PM | Permalink

      Thanks for the great tip, Susan. Mind mapping definitely helps me organize my thoughts and makes my tasks less daunting… I’m sure it could help a lot of people deal with their fear, and manage challenging tasks a bit easier. We recently published an article on mind mapping that provided insight as to how that process works (

      I’m curious to know how mind-mapping has helped you overcome your fear as an entrepreneur… perhaps you can provide further insight to help others.

      Be great!

  2. Posted December 29, 2010 at 8:52 PM | Permalink

    I Surmise that Fear (Fred) is a Shape Shifter.

    Ok to all of my non-geek friends a shape shifter is a being or thing that can change shape or appearance to blend into his/hers/it’s surroundings.

    Fred can change on a dime. He can be fear of success, fear of failure,fear of flying to fear of dying but today fear (Fred) took on the fear of change.

    “Change” he said, “Things are good, they are cruising along, no one is getting an eye poked out with a stick, WHY would you want to do something like CHANGE!” The thing that I think escapes Fred is that change happens even if we are standing still.

    In this past year I have changed my life in great measures. I lost my job, started the business of writing children’s books and illustrating them,started creating characters (stuffed based on said characters), started meeting new people, started letting go of routine…and well for those that know me that is a whole lot of change.

    Most likely this is why I am up at 4:00 am writing. Fred woke me up and asked, “Where is the order, where is the routine, you are not good at CHAOS.” and this my friends is the newest shift in Fred. (To Continue) Search Fred.

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