When Penelope was a ‘ugly’ little puppy she was scared of seeing her reflection in the mirror, sliding glass doors or any other reflective surface.
She’d start barking her head off whenever she caught of glimpse of herself.
To remedy this situation, I spread a little bit of peanut butter on the sliding glass door.
Then I picked up Penelope, covered her eyes with my hands and placed her nose right in front of the peanut butter covered door.
As soon as her little nose smelled the peanut butter her tiny tongue came out of her mouth and started licking the peanut butter.
Quickly I uncovered her eyes and let her see her reflection.
There was no barking.
The desire for the pleasure of peanut butter was STRONGER than the fear of her own reflection.
Since that experience Penelope has never again been afraid of her own reflection.
Penelope’s struggle with fear has an important lesson for all entrepreneurs.
Anywhere in your life fear is stronger than ‘fill in the blank with desired outcome‘ you will remain stuck.
I was just on the phone with a prospect the other day. Who was deathly afraid of doing any marketing that was less than perfect. When I pointed out that people were going to other less qualified experts because she was afraid to be visibility imperfectly she started to see the lie the fear had trapped her in.
Fear can show up in a variety of ways, so don’t make the mistake of lying to yourself that the reason you aren’t more successful is because you aren’t afraid. We are ALL afraid of something and most of the time we’re just like Penelope – afraid of our own reflection! Afraid of being truly magical! (Did you know that’s what people really want to see anyway?)
Where in your life as an entrepreneur is your fear stronger than your desire to change?
- Is the idea of trying to craft your marketing message terrifying to you?
- Are you so afraid of doing ‘it’ wrong, you haven’t been doing it at all?
- Are you afraid to ask for help, for fear it won’t give you what you need?
I’d love for you to leave a comment below or on my Facebook Fan Page with your thoughts on your experience with this subject.