Three Keys To Your Success In 2014 – Part One – Become Fearless

Three Keys To Your Success In 2014 – Part One – Become Fearless

Posted on 12. Jan, 2014 by in Archived Post, Character Counts

When I look at the great NBA basketball player and team leader of the Miami Heat, Dwayne Wade, I cannot help seeing great courage. I have been fortunate enough to track his career from his playing days at Marquette Golden Eagles all the way to the Miami Heat. If you’ve watched Dwayne play, you know he’s a fearless, basket-attacking, highly-skilled “baller”. This guy has been known to “attack the rim” relentlessly. Attacking the rim the way he does comes with a price, though…the big guys (the centers and forwards on the opposing basketball team) don’t take too kindly to anyone penetrating their defense and attempting a layup or dunk without getting hammered or fouled hard. And we, Dwayne Wade fans, have seen him take his fair share of bumps and bruises in college and in the pros. But, that’s what I admire about Dwayne….his fearlessness. He’s not afraid to drive to the basket and attack the rim with force….hoping to get a basket and a foul (three-point play) or get fouled (two free throws). The guy is probably in the top 5 every year when it comes to the number of free throw attempts per game. And that is a good thing as he is a very good free throw shooter, so those fouls he takes for sacrificing himself will more than likely lead to points. It’s easy to view Dwayne as simply a great basketball player and an NBA champion, but you can also view him as a great player with great courage setting an example for his teammates by playing fearlessly.

Rest assured that, in 2014, you and I (we) will be faced with challenges as we grow our online businesses. Those challenges will be personal, professional or both. We will undoubtedly be tested as a war will be waged within us to determine how courageous we are. Mind you, courage does not come without fear. You cannot be courageous without having some level of fear. Even so, you cannot allow fear to be the filter for your views on your business and life in general. Have you ever done something you have been afraid to do? Bungee jumping, skydiving, skiing, surfing, speaking in front of an audience, etc. Sure you have…..what propelled you to at least try it, regardless of whether or not you succeeded, was courage. “Stepping out” or forging into new or unfamiliar territory requires courage. We all have it, but few actually use it consistently.

When it comes our businesses, we will be pushed to “compromise” our principles….diminish our integrity. Don’t you just love that word “compromise”? To me, it’s another way of saying “being shady”. We must develop a habit of “taking a stand” when needed. If we cannot see when to take a stand and have the passion to take a stand, our businesses will never grow on “good ground” and will be susceptible to failure from within. We must be dedicated to “seeing” what our businesses can become and avoid making decisions based on pressure or fear.

Fear can cripple a person and his/her business. But, isn’t it good to know that courage can force a 180 degree turn and take you in the other direction. Meaning, courage can blow the doors off of your limits and take you to new levels that you have never experienced or that you have only dreamed about. It can push your business into the next realm, expose your business to new opportunities, and tilt you towards a higher level of success. Courage can literally give your business a new beginning.

My fear is speaking in front of an audience. Oh man, what a stronghold for many people. I remember as a student in school (Elementary, Middle, High, and College) how scared I was whenever the teacher would ask each student to introduce themselves to the class. The anticipation was terrifying….my heart would pound like crazy, my palms would get so sweaty, and it felt as if I were going to pass out. I would standup and rush through my introductions as fast as I could. Then, what I called panic attacks, were over. When I started realizing that I was the one who could control how I felt, things began to change. Prior to any public speaking opportunities, I began to picture myself being calm and saying what I needed to say without any apprehension. What helped as well was finally understanding that no one remembered whether or not I performed well during my speeches….I was the only one that made a big deal of it. I would ask others how I did and hardly anyone remembered what I said or how I did. Funny, huh. Now, don’t get me wrong. It took some time for me to learn how to properly deal with the fear of public speaking, but once I knew how to deal with it, I knew I was “good to go”. I still have those fears from time to time, but they are much more manageable now, thank goodness.

Isn’t it funny the same amount or level of fear is in those that have taken risks and those that have not. Same level of fear, same challenges, same push to “compromise”….yet, you have those that have taken a stand and have carried their businesses forward while, on the other end, you have those that have “compromised” their principles or have been afraid to take risks.

How To Help Your Courage Grow

1. Get out there and do something you are afraid to do – Why not? Embrace fear and take the steps to overcome it. Go speak in front of a public audience. Join Toastmasters. Go bungee jumping. Go skydiving. Regardless of what it is, face it, manage it, squash it.

2. Are you afraid to talk to someone or confront someone? Well, with a good heart and good intentions, go to that person this week and be honest with him or her. Be upfront about your feelings. Chances are that person will respect your openness and honesty which will help build your integrity. I know this is not an easy task, but you will probably feel better afterwards as you won’t have an issue dealing with others you meet during the process of growing your business.

3. Make a move – If you are on the fence about making a business or career move, you have done your due diligence, and you know it’s time to make that move….stand up and get it done! What are you waiting for? Don’t let fear become the dominant player in your life…don’t let “I would have, but I was too afraid” become your catch-phrase. Get up, face your fear, and punch it in the mouth by doing what fear didn’t expect you to do……become bold and courageous. Let fear become afraid of you and your new found boldness. Turn the tables on fear today and take your business, your people-skills, your courage to the next level. I know you can do it…..

 

8 Responses to “Three Keys To Your Success In 2014 – Part One – Become Fearless”

  1. ArtsyCarly

    04. Feb, 2014

    Fear is a killer and a liar! I love this article and do my best to read things like this daily. Fear is natural, but as soon as we learn how to ignore it, and repeatedly find courage in everyday acts, the possibilities are limitless. Great article!

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    • Big Dave

      Big Dave

      04. Feb, 2014

      Thanks ArtsyCarly….you’re right. Once we learn to manage it, the possibilities are indeed limitless.

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  2. Alissa

    10. Feb, 2014

    Fear is what stands in the way of me doing my dream job. I keep waiting for that safety net before I try to do what I really want to do. In the meantime, I’m trying to half-a** it while still working my fulltime job, which is never going to get me where I want to be…

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    • April

      13. Feb, 2014

      Alissa,

      I’m right there with you. Hopefully with Dave’s direction and the encouragement of each other we can move forward. We’ll never be happy until we’re doing what we are truly meant to do.

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      • Alissa

        27. Feb, 2014

        I’m really hoping so! But between my family and my full-time job, it’s really really hard to find the time to work towards my online businesses. With Dave’s help, I’m starting to get back on track, but I still have a really long way to go. I’m trying to get up an hour earlier in the morning… hopefully that will help.

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  3. Beatrice

    13. Feb, 2014

    We cannot be talking about fears because I have so many! I never learned how to be fearless, but I guess that’s what I need to be focusing on if I want to achieve things on my own. I know I ought to have more courage if I plan to do the things I want to do (try my luck finding a job out of the country) because I keep on thinking and planning it but as far as actually doing it, it’s not happening. I guess I always let my fears get in the way, like I keep thinking, what if I didn’t make it out there? What if I just have to go back, jobless? But I don’t want the feeling that I will never know. This article has helped me so much. Expect me to make a move and do something I’m afraid to do. Let’s see how it goes! Thanks Dave!

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  4. Gale

    13. Feb, 2014

    I love how you used Dwayne as an example! I’m also a huge basketball fan, but more in our country’s version of the NBA, although I’m also rooting for the Heat. Coach Spo and I have the same nationality (half of his). And I know what you’re trying to say about Dwayne’s courage. Actually you can see that kind of courage in most ballers. I am so inspired by them. Like my team here in our country was down 1-5 during the eliminations, they were consistently on the 2nd lowest spot in the standings, but did that stop them? No, last night they eliminated the top seed in the league and earned the last spot for Finals. If that’s not being fearless and courageous, I don’t know what are. They are actually my inspiration in doing the things that scare me, because I know if they can be fearless, I can be too.

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  5. Mia

    13. Feb, 2014

    We have the same fear of talking in front of an audience. I also remember fearing first day of school because the teachers will make you introduce yourself in front of the whole class. Palms sweating, feeling dizzy and feeling like you want to run away and hide, that’s how I was. When I look back on it, I realize that even though I was so scared to get up, I did it anyway and always return to my desk thinking “that’s not so bad, is it?” I agree that in business, you have to be full of courage. There’s just no other way to do it. How will you know how far can you go if you never try? You jump, both feet, because that’s how you can tell how fearless you are.

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