Your competitor in business may not be who you think it is...
When asked who we think our competitor in business is, we naturally start to think about the other businesses who offer a similar product or service for a similar price point and who are targeting the same market as us. I disagree.
I think the biggest competitor entrepreneurs will face in their business is fear and self-doubt. The biggest competitor will be that internal dialogue which is silent and deadly and which, if we let it, can talk us out of hustling, making that extra phone call, sending that next email and essentially doing whatever it is that we need to do to keep our business going and our dreams alive. Our biggest competitor is that voice, built on fear and self-doubt that will talk us out of following our dreams and into going back to our “old job”, the safe option and the “security” of that regular pay check.
Self-doubt is a sign of one's weakness and I think we all have moments of it. It reminds me that, to be an entrepreneur, you need to be mentally and emotionally tough but also courageous enough to admit when you are vulnerable and brave enough to seek out someone who can help you through. We all have moments of self-doubt and dealing with it alone is tough and sometimes not enough. It reminds me why I wanted to start the Entrepreneurs Network and be a part of other Network in the first place, to find like-minded people, who I can share with and talk to about things that are going on and who will understand what I'm talking about.
Here are my top 5 tips to overcoming fear and self-doubt in business:
Tackling fear and self-doubt is going to be a regular occurrence in business so make sure you have some strategies in place to help you through. This reminds me why our Entrepreneurs Network is so important. It’s important because we have to build a platform where we can provide our members and guests with a community of women, men, young just like them, who they can turn to when the fear and self-doubt become too much for them to deal with alone.
Each woman, man and young involved in our network, be it member, guest, founder, speaker or a hero is here to support all entrepreneurs and to ensure they don’t give up on themselves or their dreams. The world needs more women, men and young like us who are following their dreams and we are here to support them to do it.
So thank you to everyone who is reading this because you are a part of an awesome Entrepreneurs Network and each of us, in our own small way, is contributing to this collective effort which is hopefully going to help all of Tonga and millions of entrepreneurs worldwide. The network is important, it's necessary and it's going to change the game!