There is one little thing that is the biggest barrier to doing new things to grow or improve your business:
Fear is natural. But it is NOT natural or healthy to hold yourself back.
When you have fears (like trying something new, embracing new technology, hiring help, reaching out to a new business lead) give yourself permission to feel the fear. A lot of the women we work with through Wild Web Women and Web Marketing Therapy who hesitate to do more with social media, blogging, podcasting, or doing online webinars simply don’t understand these tools. Their fear of the new/unknown is the roadblock to success.
I know how it goes. I will never forget how queasy I felt the first couple times I did Facebook live posts on our Wild Web Woman Facebook page. The thought of being live online and imagining all the things that could go wrong was pretty debilitating.
To move forward, it’s important to understand the source of fear. When I am fearful, I stop and recognize the emotion. Then I ask questions, sometimes do online research and often, I ask others for help. Sometimes, all I need is a nudge (accountability is a huge help when trying to move past fear).
It helps having a community for support. In the Wild Web Women community, our wonderful businesswomen tribe comes together to support each other. Everything from conquering fears, frustrations to getting the advice and accountability you need to succeed.
People are always surprised to hear that I am a slow technology adopter, especially since I run a web-based business. I had a Blackberry way too long, I still have an older iPhone and new technologies (like webinar tools, podcast tools) aren’t something I go “ooh baby” over. I hesitate and often procrastinate, but with help, I make it happen because I know how important it is to embrace them.
You can’t successfully run a web-based business without a team. Connect with other women with businesses and surround yourself with people who want to see you succeed!