I read the following Jack
Canfield article this morning. It’s a good general piece, but it’s also
particularly useful for new eBay sellers or even eBay veterans that need new
ways to make money, test products, open new markets and innovate. Part of your job
as an eBay seller is to be creative. Creativity requires boldness and a healthy
approach to fears. The article offers useful strategies for moving past fear
and/or using it to guide your decisions and creations. I especially like the
“taking a 2-year-old to the market” analogy.
Fear in Its Place
by Jack Canfield
move forward on your journey from where you are to where you want to be, you
are going to have to confront some of your fears. Fear is a just a natural part
you start a new project, take on a new venture, or put yourself out there,
there’s usually some
fear involved. Unfortunately, most people let fear stop them from taking the
necessary steps to achieve their dreams.
your fears is a very necessary step in achieving success.
is simply no other way.
can be a helpful emotion, as it tells you when you need to be extra careful,
keenly aware, and cautious. Fear is not an emotion that is telling you to stop.
In fact, it’s telling you just the opposite!
your feelings of fear helps you know when you are stepping out of your comfort
zone. It points your awareness to areas where you could improve and grow.
people also feel fear. Yet they don’t let it get in the way of
anything they want to do–or have
to do. They understand that fear is something to be
acknowledged, experienced, and taken along for the ride. They have learned, as
author Susan Jeffers suggests in her must-read book, to “Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway®.”
Jeffers has been a friend of mine for twenty years now, and her work,
which is very powerful and transformational, has helped millions of people
overcome their fears and move forward to create success in their lives. I
highly recommend her as a resource.)
see, fear is more of a signal that we should stay alert and cautious. We can
feel fear, but we can still move forward anyway.
of fear as a 2-year-old child who doesn’t want to go grocery shopping with you.
Because you must buy groceries, you’ll just have to take the two year old with
you. Fear is no different. In other words, acknowledge that fear exists but
don’t let it keep you from doing important tasks.
realize that so many of our fears are self-created. We might frighten ourselves
by fantasizing negative outcomes to any activity we might peruse or experience.
Luckily, because we are the ones doing the fantasizing, we are also the ones
who can stop the fear and bring ourselves into a state of clarity and peace by
facing the actual facts, rather than giving in to our imaginations.