An abundance of online marketing opportunity surrounds us, everywhere. But, like air, we often forget it’s there until we start to feel it’s powerful push against us.
I’ve been feeling it’s push gaining strength for a while now and I’m nervously excited about where it’s going. And through this process, I’ve found a secret to overcoming fears that blow up when we’re taking on a new online marketing opportunity. This secret creates a mindset that is a whole lot stronger than the fear can ever be and I’m excited to share it with you here.
I went this weekend with my family to Canoecopia in Madison Wisconsin. (Obviously not an online marketing opportunity, but a great marketing opportunity none the less. Let me explain…) The Rutabaga store gets all the vendors together in one place to share their goods, educate their consumers to the benefits of the products, and highlights local and not-so local small businesses, boat builders, etc. It’s a once a year event, and my parents, myself (hubby was sick), my sister and husband and all 6 grandchildren made the one hour trek to go look at boats, camping equipment, etc. (That’s my dad and my daughter in the antique sailing canoe to the left.)
My dad was cracking up at my 3 year old son asking “Why, Poppy?” about a thousand times. My dad proudly informed me that I had every “Why?” coming to me, and then some. That I was the most curious kid he’d ever known, and that all 6 grandchildren combined wouldn’t hold a candle to my “why’s” (which later evolved into “how’s.”)
I believe him. I like canoeing and kayaking, but I don’t love it, and although I wanted to go to be with my family, I wasn’t overly excited about it. But once I was there, I couldn’t help but to be amazed, walking up and down the aisles looking at all the clever ideas people had come up with! I’m not kidding, there was everything you could imagine, from tables to hang off trees, to cup holders that would clip to a side of a canoe. Folding kayaks, and even little tie-down straps that will bolt to the frame of the car, and give you something strong to anchor a tie-down to.
I loved seeing the ingenuity, and everything people created boiled down to solving a problem of some kind or another. I took away from it a huge lesson and a new awareness to myself and how to push forward in my business when fear is holding me back from taking the next step in an internet marketing opportunity.
My Latest Online Marketing Opportunity:
I just took a leap of faith into a new online marketing opportunity and launched the Clever Marketer Mastermind Community last week. Many of my readers have complimented me for stretching myself, pushing myself, and saying things like “I want what you’re on.” (I love you guys–thanks for encouraging me!)
They saw the finished project. What they didn’t see, were sleepless nervous nights I laid there wondering if I was making a mistake, if this was the right thing to do, wondering if anyone would even join.
In fact, I talked to Eric Walker, from Ann Sieg‘s team last week, as he called to ask me about what I was doing, planning, and such. I was scared to even talk to him, because a part of me was afraid that he’d advise me to hold off. Inside I felt that maybe I wasn’t ready for something this big yet.
I’m not kidding when I said that every obstacle that could come up, did. I felt like a bride the week before her wedding, trying to tie up every lose end and make sure that I had thought of “everything.” Did everything go the way I hoped it would with opening up the blog marketing forum and membership area? Not by a long shot. But I’m learning that it’s just part of the game.
Mistakes, failures, or “oopsies” as my 3 year old says are going to happen. But I’ve learned to not let them drag me down for long.
Pursuing a new online marketing opportunity, business opportunity, or even a relationship opportunity can make us face our fears. I can’t think of anything new I’ve tried online so far where I wasn’t scared before I did it, but looking back it has always turned out to be good.
Even the marketing mistakes ended up good, because they taught me important lessons.
“It is the set of the sails, not the direction of the wind that determines which way we will go.” ~Jim Rohn
Embrace a New Online Marketing Opportunity and Overcome Fears:
We can’t grow if we let our fears run us. We’ll never reach more people, we’ll never make money, we’ll never sponsor that next person, we’ll never know what we’re capable of, if we let fear keep us from moving forward.
I got this email message today from www.tut.com.
“First, choose from the options that thrill you.
Then, choose the ones that also teach you.
And from these, Heather, choose the scariest.
Butterflies in your tummy are good,
When deciding to move forward on a new Internet marketing opportunity, the scared part of me wants to pull me back, but there’s something stronger pushing me forward. It’s become my secret to successfully moving forward. It’s caused me to do things I NEVER thought I would be able to do.
My secret weapons of fear, are you my readers and curiosity. Seeing what you are going through in your businesses, learning what your struggles are, and getting curious about finding a solution which leads me to the questions, “Why are people struggling? How can I help them.”
So this is where I turn it over to you. What are you holding back from in your business? Video, podcasts, starting your blog, joining our mastermind community? Whatever it is, I promise if you take the focus off of you and turn it toward finding a solution for someone else, you’ll be able to overcome your fears!
“It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below, as well as have your help spreading this post around social media.
You can stay comfortable and broke or allow yourself to be scared but move forward anyway. I promise you, comfortable is not the online marketing opportunity you want to choose!