Fear is the key on a new project. You stay scared, you stay alive. There is never a right time to start a new venture. And when you do, you'll always feel like an outsider trying to get in. You'll think you're the only one going through it. But you aren't the first. So embrace the fear and use it's energy.
Here's how I came to understand that:
Nine years ago I was driving down highway 5 from San Francisco to Los Angeles to record my first 90 minute audio-book that I believed strongly in. 'How to Live the James Bond Lifestyle'. A course that I had made up myself, using the ideas I had learned over the years in prosperity seminars.
Right then in the car, I got scared, thinking people would laugh at me listening to my audio-book, if they listened at all. They wuld hear the title and think, "Who does this jerk think he is, telling me how to be James Bond? And what's this guy want us to do, take weapons training and go on a mission?
So right there in the car past the point of no return on the wasy to LA, I felt like calling the studio and canceling my recording. And I mean I REALLY was ready to do it.
But then by chance, the 6 hour audio-book I was listening to in the car about the life of Elvis Presley, just came to the part where Elvis was preparing for his 1969 comeback TV special.
He was very scared to go in front of millions of people after being away from live performing for 10 years. After the Beatles and the Rolling Stones had knocked him off the recording charts. Elvis was petrified with fear, but over came it and went on stage for the first taping in front of live audience, that would later go out to millions of viewers. You can feel his nervousness in that first jamming session that had to be taped twice because the first one was unusable.
Hell, I thought. If Elvis could risk making a fool out of himself in front of a TV audience, who am I to be scared of recording in front of nobody but the recording engineer in the studio? And so what about putting my book on Amazon? Elvis was risking getting laughed at by millions and criticized the next day in the trade papers. So what if a couple of guys laughed me?
Well, it wasn't later refered to as 'The Comeback Special' for nothing. And as for me, guys did laugh when they heard the title of my seminar.
Now, years later, after teaching my seminar at the Learning Annex, opening and closing the show at SpyFest, getting great reviews on Amazon, many men changing their lives, the course expanded to 8 CDs, GUYS STILL LAUGH when they hear the title.
So, when it gets rough and scary. Remember the Eagles' song:
"We may lose and we may win though we will never be here again.
So open up, I'm climbing in,...... so take it easy."
Or if things really get tough in your business, just remember the first powerful words Elvis sang at the beginning of his comeback TV show:
"If you're looking for trouble, you came to the right place."