Thursday, January 5, 2012

Fear Of Risk Can Hurt Your Small Business Growth

So many people have the opportunity to run their own business, but they are so involved in DOING that they don't take the time to learn how to be a manager as well. The risk of NOT continuing learning and trying new things will mean that they will not have a successful business, but will close their doors without gaining their dream.

If they see the value and open themselves to the possibilities, they gain the ability to grow, expand and flourish. Unfortunately, the environment today biz is one so heavily hit by the recession that people are afraid to step out of their comfort zone and accept the benefits offered through programs such as training/education, networking, masterminding and more.

Hey, not every one is P.T. Barnum...networking doesn't just happen for most.

Small business is as close to a personal experience that a consumer can get today. All this mega conglomerates just takes the "people" out of the picture and make it about profit.

Small business has a unique opportunity to gain and share personal experiences that some people are paying top dollar just to experience again.

You can lead a horse to water...and so on.

But to enable, empower a small business person you kind of have to show them what their vision of success could be and allow them to naturally gravitate to it.

I often get asked. “What is the major cause of failure in business?” The main reason for failure in any business, or in life for that matter, is that people are afraid.

But my question is: afraid of what? Afraid of success? Afraid of failure? To me the greatest failure is not taking action to change.

The only real conflict any of us have is self-conflict…we have conflict with our own comfort zone…our own fears and doubts. That’s the only thing that stops us.

Having the courage to take action…to step out of your comfort zone…or letting fear run your life…well, I suppose that’s the battle we all face in one way or another.

And I think often times the skeptic inside asks other skeptics what to do, and we get talked out of our freedom by someone who isn’t free!

The number one component of being successful in any business, is to investigate possible opportunities, make a decision, take action and then let go of the need to control the outcome.

Bottom line .... be bold not fearful.