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When my younger brother and I went trick-or-treating as kids at Halloween, he was scared of kids dressed as ghosts. When he was very young, he had eye surgery a couple of times.  All of the OR people wore white.  He associated their white dress and the white sheets of “the ghosts” with pain.

Like him, we can associate the ghosts of business pain past with present opportunities.  We often fear stepping up into them because of our past failures.

Here are 3 Positive Strategies to Transform Business Fear so you Work Positive this week:

Fear of “I Can’t Do It Right Enough”

If you’ve been in business longer than a week, you’ve made a mistake. Screwed up. Blew it. Failed.

The ghosts of business pain past haunt you with boos of failure today. Your fear becomes real the more you think about it.

And yet you’re still in business today.

Failure is an experience, not a person.

Shape each successive business effort with knowledge and courage from previous experiences. Innovate with the knowledge learned. Create with the courage that you lived another business day to learn even more.

Fear of “I’m Not Enough”

The ghosts of business pain past haunt you with other boos of “What difference can you as one business person make?” as you navigate today’s economic white waters. Your fear emerges as a lack of personal resources.

And yet you are the beneficiary of one person’s efforts that became your positive business Butterfly Effect. What one person influenced you positively to do what you do today?

The next time you fear you aren’t enough, remember that one man who tried to light his tennis shoe as a bomb changed the way all of us board flights today.

You are and have more than enough to innovate and create positive economic results today.

Fear of “I Won’t Be Enough”

Walter Johnson was a fireball pitcher in a previous baseball era. A rookie stepped in to face him and after two quick strikes, left the batter’s box to return to the dugout. The umpire called after him, “Hey son, you have another strike left.”

And the rookie replied, “That’s okay ump. You can have it.”

The ghosts of business pain past boo after us, hoping we give up. Quit before we’re through. Lock up before we’re done.

The next time you’re tempted to quit, reflect on those persons in business around you. The one skill they have in common is perseverance.

If they can keep going, you can, too.

Transform your business fears as you Work Positive and learn, make a difference, and persevere this week and increase your sales with greater productivity and get out of the office earlier to do what you love with those you love.


 
 
 

 
 

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