If I were a fearful person, I would not be the successful serial entrepreneur that I am! My virtual accounting office just reached a milestone – 13 years in business – not many firms can claim that!

What do I owe my success to? Other than hard work, a winning business model, support of colleagues and associates, and great clients?Picture5 I overcame my fears. I don’t remember being particularly fearful when starting my virtual accounting office as this wasn’t my first entrepreneurial venture. But we probably all have little fears, insecurities, and what-if’s that nag at us. If you find that your fears are holding you back from achieving a goal, here are some tips for getting over it and moving forward:

  • Refocus what you’re doing and why you’re doing it. Stop selling and start serving. Focus on others, not on yourself. What do your ideal customers need? What benefit can you uniquely provide? It’s not about you!
  • Have a plan. Fear comes when you don’t know what to expect. A solid plan where obstacles and solutions are considered in advance will do a lot to calm your fears.
  • Stay within your area of expertise. You can’t be all things to all people. Do what you do best and let someone else do the rest.
  • Build a support system of professionals you like and respect to serve as resources for your business and also to refer your clients and prospects to. You’ll all benefit from the association.
  • Take the risk. If you aren’t a risk taker you’ll never be a successful entrepreneur. Being able to take and manage risks is an important part of being an entrepreneur.

Do you have any fears that are holding you back? What can you do to move past them?

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