Today I read an article about self confidence, and I was inspired to create this post as part of a conversation starter about this topic that I think is so crucial.

In fact, in my video for women entrepreneurs, I mention this very concept: the fact that lack of courage will keep us from beginning an endeavor that we know we were born for.

Here are a few reasons why so many of us lack self confidence:

  • We’re afraid of failure
  • We’re afraid of success (believe it or not!)
  • We feel we don’t have the time
  • We’re not secure about what others might think

In fact, I think these four reasons are the main reasons we procrastinate and may be afraid to move forward with our business ventures.

So what do we do when feel the fear?

Start planning.

The sooner you begin to make plans for your business, the more likely you are to take ownership of it and begin to feed it properly- treating it with care and respect.  So start your plans!
Read about, watch, listen to, and study others who have succeeded at what it is you would like to do. Get some role models and observe them carefully.  You’ll be able to kick your fears to the curb and press forward when you have that extra boost of motivation.

Set aside time weekly (or daily) to work on your business.  

Whether it’s the beginning stages of planning, finding out information for set up, or you’re right there in the mix with producing products- get busy, and don’t worry about whether you have the time.  Make the time.

Push negative thoughts away.

Who cares what others think?  Does this business venture excite you? Does it have money-earning potential?  Is it a good fit for you in this season of your life?  Do you have at least one trusted friend, family member, or mentor who is on board with you?  Then go for it!

Embrace your successes.

When you’ve accomplished something you’ve been working on for a while, do you celebrate yourself?  If you don’t, then you totally should!  Every success deserves celebration- even in the small accomplishments.  Whether it’s a finished blog post or a complete website overhaul, you should give yourself the room to celebrate.  This, in turn, will open up opportunities for more successes in your life as you begin to embrace the ones you’re already experiencing.

I hope you feel encouraged by reading these tips to help you overcome a lack of self confidence.  We all feel our confidence plummet from time to time, but if we follow these few tips we’ll be able to find ourselves lifted out of the pit and back into the swing of things.

What do you when you lack self confidence in your business?  Leave me a message!

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