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Tuesday’s Business-Fear

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I’ve been thinking a bit about fear lately and not because we are in the throes of election season.  No this is internal fear.  The fear that keeps you from moving forward, from initiating a new project or following through on an idea.

I’ve been thinking about where this thought comes from and if it is really fear or lack of motivation or lack of passion or disinterest or overwhelm or a combination of all the above.

Whatever it may be, it really stinks when it affects your business.

From a revenue standpoint this year has not been as fruitful as last year.  Sales are off to a certain extent in both the consignment and wholesale arenas.  My spring retail show was a bright spot in that sales exceeded last year during the same time frame.  I have a couple more shows on the horizon this fall; small shows that I’m approaching without expectations.  But with little on the horizon, motivation has been difficult and goal setting feels empty.

One thing that I have learned is that I need structure to keep myself going.  Setting a daily schedule gives me some level of focus and keeps my mind, to a certain extent, off the fear concept.  I keep plugging along, making my wine bottle stoppers, business card cases, and perfume pens.  I tell myself how prepared I’ll be when a new wholesale order arrives or the consignment gallery inventory dwindles.

I’ve also been thinking about where the origins of this fear comes from.  Not so much in the present but from the past.  Did someone say something in passing in my childhood that lingers in the recesses of my mind?  Is it from a more recent adulthood experience that lurks around the corner looking for an opening in my psyche?

Or, as Yoda would say, am I doing too much thinking and not enough doing?

I think we all go through periods like this.  You wonder where the customers are.  You wonder if you made the wrong decision by pursuing this small business, in art no less.  And then you wonder what else you would do with yourself.

Sometime we are our own worst critics, our own worst enemies.  We put extrordinary pressure on ourselves.  One of the hardest things I’ve had to learn is to just let life be.  To wrestle away control and utter the words “It will be okay.”

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4 thoughts on “Tuesday’s Business-Fear

  1. If you would like a tool to manage your small business activities and Projects, you can use this aplication:

    http://www.Gtdagenda.com

    You can use it to manage and prioritize your Goals (for business but also in other areas of your life), Projects and Tasks. It has a Checklists section, for the routines and repetitive activities that any business has to do. Also, it features a Schedules section and a Calendar, for scheduling you time and activities.

    Some features from GTD are also present, like Contexts and Next Actions.

    And it’s available on the mobile phone too, so you can access it from anywhere.

  2. As always, after reading a log that you have written, my mind whirls and tumbles with many half expressed thoughts.

    I have been a partner in a small business for eighteen years and fear and confusion have been constant companions. In the first few years, racing helter skelter along a path not knowing if we would go over a precipice or achieve an actual business.

    There is a maxim that says either your business must grow, or it will stagnate and whither.

    If you want a big business, then your plans must go after a big business. If the business is art, it needs to be seen in places where people appreciate art and will pay for it.

    I think successful business people are those who think strategically and big, and leave the detail to others.

    So I think, go for the biggest dreams, and you are so busy making them happen, that fear cannot run fast enough to keep up with you.

    The journey will be magnificent.

  3. Thanks Brenda. You always have words of inspiration and encouragement. I appreciate it.

    -Amy

  4. Thanks for the information Dannielo. I currently use the calendar and tasks components in Entourage which have been helpful too.

    -Amy

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