I recently had the privilege of speaking at a Ladies Who Launch event with Jen Groover, serial entrepreneur and author of What If, and Why Not?. She talked about fear, and how she uses it as an indicator of importance – meaning if she’s scared of it, she MUST do it. I completely agree with her – I have always found that when thinking about something makes my stomach start to do flip-flops, it’s because it’s THAT important to me.
However, there’s a different kind of fear that can creep up and debilitate you without ever raising its flag to indicate to you the level of importance of something. This fear is so tricky that you wouldn’t even call it fear. You call it “rules” or “conservative estimates” or “wise criticism”. This fear is fueled by what other people think, or more accurately what you THINK other people will think.