We all have times in our lives that we feel a little, or a lot, scared and uncertain. Personally, whenever money is involved, I get freaking terrified. If I have a bill that is due and don’t have enough money I start to panic, then I take a deep breath and have a stern chat with myself.
‘Self,’ I say, ‘you need to calm down. Fear is normal, panicking is pointless.’ So, if I can’t panic, what can I do? The answer, silly, is whatever I can.
When I left my job at the bank to stay home with the baby, I was terrified. I had seen what being on one income with two kids was like, and it wasn’t pretty. Now we had three and I did not want to be living in Brokesville, USA and struggling to make ends meet. I had a strong curiosity about making money online, but was worried I would just be wasting my time and annoying my family by being on the computer so much. I was afraid. It was not fun.
I don’t like to be afraid of failure, but I know that the only way to be an absolute failure is to never even try, so I did try. And I did not fail…I actually helped my family by bringing in a little extra money every week. It wasn’t a lot to start with, but it was more than the nothing that I would be bringing home if I never tried.
I have a friend who lost her job. She was, and probably still is, terrified that she won’t be successful at finding another one that’s a good fit for her. If she doesn’t try, she will definitely fail. But, if she takes even one baby step towards finding another job, she’ll be a success in my eyes. Who knows, this could be the start of something new and amazing for her…but if she lets fear stand in her way she’ll never find out for sure.
Are you afraid of failing financially? Good. Fear is okay…it’s like a slightly mean friend that makes you do stuff that you don’t feel comfortable doing but end up really enjoying. Let fear push your butt off into the deep end of the pool and then show it how well you can swim! Just don’t let fear hold you under the water for too long…if you don’t start kicking up a storm you’ll just drown. Instead, swim for all you’re worth! You might not be the best swimmer in the pool, but at least you won’t drown there.
What are you afraid of?