Becoming an entrepreneur is all about bravery. It’s about having the bravery to go it alone, make your own way, and place confidence in your ideas and strategies.

If you have a number of fears about starting your own business, you may think that you don’t have what it takes to be successful. However, bravery is not about not feeling fear; it’s about not being held back by it. Feeling fear is good; it stops you doing anything foolish. But you have to see your fears as a catalyst. You have to face them– and that can be a rather challenging thing to do.

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Here are a few keys to help you face your business fears

#1 – Don’t Ignore Your Fears

Don’t ignore your fears. Sometimes, those fears are a legitimate warning, and ‘keeping calm and carrying on’ isn’t going to resolve anything. It’s important that you take the time to assess what’s worrying you and decide how valid it is.

Valid fears are things like worrying about how to improve productivity, how you’re going to find new customers, or how to secure the premises. Less-valid fears are generally based on improbable situations like, wondering what will happen if all of your customers vanish overnight. Valid fears should be given the proper attention so that you can work through them properly.

For example: If you’re worried about security and people having unlimited access to your property, consider installing industrial swing gates to set your mind at ease. If you’re worried about finding new customers, increase your promotional activities.

Valid fears can be useful, much like intuition, in helping you discover underlying problems in your business – don’t ignore them. Ignorance isn’t bravery; bravery is dealing with the issues as you encounter them.

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#2 – Get a Mentor

Developing a relationship with a business mentor is an important step to conquering your fears. When you have a mentor, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from someone who has been where you are and has felt the same fear. They’ve already experienced many of the situations that you’re currently facing.

Having a mentor that understands your journey can be extremely helpful. Mentors help you to maintain a proper perspective and a level head. A good mentor is able to help you stay clear on the vision and not get distracted with minor issues.

Tip: Surround yourself with like-minded others. Join groups and organizations of women entrepreneurs. It’s important for you to have a strong tribe of women around you to support you on your journey to success.

#3 – Be flexible

Entrepreneurs have to be ready for anything. Things don’t always go as planned and you have to be ready to handle the unexpected. The best thing that you can do for yourself is to learn to be a problem solve so that when situations you’re not familiar with arise, you’ll be ready.

Tip: Ask ‘what if’ questions ahead of time. Your primary plan for your business may not work out like you thought it would. Being flexible and open to exploring potential solutions will help you navigate issues without.