What would you do if you were not afraid?
It's a fair question.
What would life look like if you weren't afraid to fail? If you didn't care what others thought? If you followed your dreams, not someone else's?
Passion lives in our heart. Fear lives in our brain. What would your life look like right now if you listened to your heart and took the gamble?
Overcoming the barriers to success in last artist life
Maybe you want to expand your services, grow your business, connect with other lash artists. Perhaps you want to open your own salon, go solo, or step up your social media presence. But fear of failure is holding you back.
If so, that's OK. Everyone experiences fear. We're going to help you walk through it. But what you want is on the other side of your fear.
Step 1: Identify your goals and put them on paper. Ask yourself what success looks like. Is it making lots of money? Being your own boss? Having financial freedom? Building meaningful relationships with other people? Get this all down on paper and look it over.
Step 2: Define what's holding you back. Put this on paper, too. Do you not have startup capital? Is a loved one pressuring you to do something different? Are you worried about childcare for your kids? Do you just not know where to start? List everything you can think of that stands in the way of pursuing your goals and dreams.
Step 3. Combat each fear with a strategy. Switch roles, and look at each of the above fears (because that's what they really are) as if you were a mildly interested outsider. If, say, your neighbor was the one insisting she couldn't do X because of A, B, and C, and your job was to show her she could, what would you tell her?
Step 4. Know your strengths and weaknesses. You don't have to be good at everything to pursue a dream and be successful. No one is good at everything, but there are plenty of success stories out there. The key is to maximize your strengths and ask for help in your weak areas.
Step 5. Be persistent. You have a clear vision of your dream. You know how you define success. You've countered your fears with actionable strategies. You're asking for help where needed. Now, keep at it. Albert Einstein said, "It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer."
Tips for ongoing success in overcoming fear
As you pursue your dream, whatever that may be, fear will still crop up. Recognize your excuses:
- "I'm not capable"
- "I don't know how to do that"
- "I don't have time"
- "It's a lot of work, and it might not be a success"
These are all excuses your fear tells you to get to you abort the mission. If you can recognize them as they arise, it's easier not to give them much credence.
Finally, say positive affirmations every day. The idea with affirmations is that filling your brain with positive thoughts not only makes you feel good, it actually rewires your brain to think positively. Try any of these affirmations for job success.
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