Do it anyway! Do you have a dream of starting a new business, scaling your current business or are you an employee or manager wanting to progress in your professional career but you are too scared to try because you may fail?

We have all been scared at one time in our lives, and if you look back you will find many examples of where you were scared and you did it anyway.

A drastic change in your business or a career however can lead to disastrous outcomes if you have made the jump without planning it out first.

So here are a few tips to know if you can take the leap relatively safely and enjoy the outcome without fear.

# 1 Do it anyway, you are never going to be ready for a big change in your life but if it is sitting on your heart and it is a something you believe in strongly, take the steps to realise your dream

# 2 Speak to a trusted mentor or coach to help you overcome your fears when they want to overwhelm you and also to give you realistic and unbiased feedback on your ideas

# 3 Write down the steps it is going to take to reach your goal. Make them manageable, time sensitive and achievable

# 4 When your first steps fail, do not give up on your dream, but evaluate your plans and change them to succeed. You will fail in some areas, big or small, but that does not mean the end of your dream, however if you do not plan it out and monitor how your plans and actions are faring you will never know what to change and adjust to reach the final goal

# 5 Talk Through the Worst-Case Scenario

Sometimes, it’s the “what-ifs” that hold us back–the fear of what might happen or the fear of the unknown. To overcome fear, you need to talk through what you’re afraid of and think about those fears realistically and what you would do should the worst happen. Very often our fears are much bigger than reality or they are founded in our own perceptions

# 6 Start today

Take the first step, no matter how small.

You don’t need to learn everything first, start where you’re at. You’re a beginner on this new journey, so begin! Take a class, watch a video online, and research tools to help you learn and grow, but start moving forward now. 

# 7 Take It One Step At a Time

Write down five things you can do that works towards your dream. List them, put them up where you can see them and try achieve these five things within a timeframe. By achieving these five small things, you will have stepped one step forward and gained confidence in your abilities to achieve your goal, thus motivating you for the next five steps and the next and so on, until one day you arrive at the goal. Remember the quote about there only being one way to eat an elephant? One bite at a time!

# 8 Do It For Yourself

Don’t do this to impress anyone or even to get rich. Pursue your goals because they matter to you.  Your dream is worth your time and should be something that calls out to you day in and day out. It may not always be enjoyable, but it’s worth doing because it makes you happy and gives you purpose. 

Scared? Do it anyway!

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