How to Overcome your Fear of Getting Started

Does the fear of getting started ever paralyze you?

Do you ever great freaked out by all the things that you could be doing, and then end up doing nothing?

Your mind is racing a million miles an hour, but you’re unable to take action. You are busy going nowhere.

I’ve been there more often than I’d like to admit.

But how do we overcome this mental “monkey mind” and start working with focus?

3 Mental Catastrophes To Avoid When Getting Started

There are some clues in this story that talk about a Prophet trying to hear the voice of God.

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind.

After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake.

After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire.

And after the fire came a gentle whisper.

And of course, the voice of God was in the gentle whisper.

Here’s what this story has to do with getting started:

It’s easy to get so caught up in the noise and action and excitement of something new that we panic and our world becomes chaos.

The new project goes from being an opportunity to a burden.

Here’s how to avoid that:

  • Don’t chase the Wind of people’s opinions. Trying to follow every off-hand opinion or piece of advice is like trying to catch the wind. It will end in frustration. Instead, find one or two trusted advisors, ask their thoughts, and move on.

  • Avoid the Earthquake of expectations. When a project is at its inception, it’s also at its most fragile. Too much expectation puts unnecessary pressure on a new-born project. To accomplish a big vision, set small expectations for your initial steps.

  • Don’t play with the Fire of urgent items. It’s easier to be busy than confront fear. Urgent items are like a fire that consumes your limited time and energy. Forsake urgent items in favor of important ones.

How to hear a Whisper in Noisy Times

In the face of gusting winds, quaking earth, and blazing fire, it’s no small task to be able to hear a whisper of guidance. – Click to Tweet

Still, that’s where your focus and strength to get started will come from.

Here’s how to hear a whisper in noisy times:

  • Slow down and listen. Before taking action, shut off the internet, turn off social media, quit reading blogs and spend some time in quiet. Meditate, pray, or read inspirational material.

  • Reconnect with a greater purpose. Remind yourself of why you are doing what you are doing. What is your greater purpose for your work and how does your new initiative fit? Purpose will allow you to avoid hyped up solutions and short-sighted decisions.

  • Trust your intuition. When your intuition tells you to take a step, trust that you’ve heard correctly. Whispers are just that – whispers. That guiding voice will be faint at first. It will get clearer with each step of faith.

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