Realized today as I was working on a ladder most of the day, and working under an old deck too, that painting has helped me overcome two of my biggest phobias.
I used to be really scared of spiders, but working on exteriors in the Okanagan Valley where the Black Widow, Brown Recluse and Wolf spiders thrive, eventually provided enough exposure therapy to dull the panic attacks. Look close enough in any yard and you are likely to find one. Best just not look, and keep on painting ‘cause you ain’t getting paid till that section behind the bushes is done. Oh, and don’t forget that area under the deck...dang...
Same with heights…I’ve found myself in all sorts of precarious situations when it hits me and I realize that I’m rather uncomfortable way up here. Life is short enough and I don’t want to spend my last years paralyzed from the neck down, if at all possible. But once precautions have been taken, focusing on the peril prevents progress from happening. So let’s get that gable peak fascia painted! Our final cheque is waiting for us!
Having a business is a great way to get out of your comfort zone and march forward, breaking through mental barriers. What are you afraid of that your small business could help you overcome?
Public speaking? Fear of failure? Fear of success? Reluctance to stand up for yourself? Fear of saying NO? Leverage your entrepreneurial experience to gain mastery of your fears where possible.
Now, if only I could overcome my fear of dancing in public…better crank the stereo and get back to work so I can practice my moves!