Facing the Fear: Leaping into Business Ownership

If you have difficulty getting motivated to head to the office most days, if you find yourself watching the clock and waiting for the end of your work day, then you probably need a change in your professional life. That change may be a different employer in your current industry and occupation, your current occupation in a different industry, or to start your own business.

If you feel the urge to be your own boss and realize the freedom that business ownership holds, but are hesitant to take the leap, what is holding you back? Most likely, fear is part of the equation: fear of change, fear of failure, fear of giving up a good salary and benefits, fear of others thinking that you’re crazy.

When I think of an entrepreneur, these traits come to mind:

* Eternal optimism and belief in ones self
* A definitive, branded personality
* The ability to effectively, persuasively communicate thoughts and ideas
* An extrovert
* Willing to take on financial risk for long-term gains
* Fierce dedication and persistence
* Accepting of, and learning from failure

I frequently remind my entrepreneurial coaching clients that developing and growing a business is a marathon. You’re constantly pushing a rock up a long hill to its pinnacle. I’m reminded of a relative quote from famed diet guru Jenny Craig: “It’s not what you do once in awhile, it’s what you do day in and day out that makes a difference.”

If you’re not doing what you’re passionate about and inspired to do every day, then perhaps it’s time to carefully consider your entrepreneurial aspirations and leave your fears behind.