We all have fears. Mine is a fear of heights. This past week I was on vacation with my wife Loree in Kauai and she wanted to go zip lining. Out of our group of 8 or 9 people, Loree volunteered to be the first to go. She zipped right across without a hitch. Then it was my turn. I got up on the platform, looked down and then I backed off. I let my fears get the best of me – temporarily. I waited a few minutes while I watched the others and then I tried it again. This time I was able to jump off that platform and overcome my fears. I must tell you that zip lining was the most freeing experience ever. I couldn’t wait to do the next section and now I look forward to going zip lining again.
I find that many of the MSPs I coach start out with a lot of fears. Some of these are fears of failing, fears of selling and, the number one fear I uncover really quickly is the fear of success. A good number of my clients are 1 or 2 person IT firms. They are so used to doing everything themselves that hiring someone else to do the work scares the living daylights out of them. The excuse I hear most frequently is, “I’ve tried hiring people before and it never worked out.” I tell them that the reason it never worked out is because they are suffering from what I like to call the “Boa Constrictor syndrome.” Like most small business owners, they are holding on so tightly that they end up squeezing the life out of their business so it can never thrive.
If you can relate to these fears of success, then it is time for you to shake it off and get moving forward. You have the drive and you have a lot of the knowledge. But, you may simply be lacking the confidence to get past your fears. That is where hiring a business coach like me really helps begin to change the way you see things.
We too often have past failures that make us fearful. It only takes one success for you to overcome your fear, but you have to be willing to try again. Just like my zip lining experience you will find it to be an exhilarating and freeing feeling. It’s up to you now to work on getting past your fear of whatever might be stopping you from success. As an MSP Coach, I am here to help and listen, send me an email stuart (at) stuartselbst.com or give me a call at 888-814-5190, I’ll listen.
All the best in success,