Warning! Your “practical reasons” are often nothing more than excuses for playing small.

Like most entrepreneurs, you’re probably very creative.  You can come up with product ideas, service ideas, marketing ideas all day long.

Unfortunately, there’s a potential down side to your creativity, too.  It’s the way you can use your creative powers to generate “practical reasons” for not taking the steps to play on a bigger field, never acknowledging that those reasons are really just excuses to stay safe and small.

I know exactly what I’m talking about; I wish I didn’t, but I do.  I know how seductive it is to talk yourself out of taking the big step, doing the scary thing, because “logically” it doesn’t make sense.  It’s way more appealing and ego-enhancing to see yourself as clear-thinking and logical rather than fearful.  The problem is that too many of us are using the armor of “practical reasons” to spare ourselves the discomfort of trying something at which we might fail.

What are some clues that  you’re allowing fear to masquerade as logic?

 

So…..What do you do now?  How do you move beyond fear to courage?  Here are some tools you can use to toughen yourself up emotionally.

What’s worked for you?  How have you talked yourself into taking action despite your fear?

 

BTW, thanks to flattop341 for posting the danger image in the Creative Commons section of Flickr.

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