STRATEGIES FOR THINKING AND ACTING COURAGEOUSLY AS A FEMALE ENTREPRENEUR
The main difference between those who courageously act and those who don’t boils down to how we view fear. Courage is not the absence of fear. Instead, courage is being willing to work through fear and discomfort in whatever situation you face. Courage often makes the difference between overcoming a challenge and staying stuck, paralyzed and afraid to act.
Courage means you allow challenge and adversity to be a catalyst to help you grow strong enough to maintain a successful business. To be successful in business, you must be bold and have the courage to take calculated risks.
As a female entrepreneur, it means you have to make decisions every day to do something or take actions which may sometimes be difficult. All you have to do is gather that mental and moral strength in you and muster to yourself ‘I shall persevere” and the truth is, most the time when we think that we have lost sight of our courage, we haven’t really lost it at all.
Below are three ways to help you discover your own individual brand of courage:
1. Define what it means to you.
Ask yourself questions like:
How do you identify with the word courage? What picture do you see in your mind when you think of the word courage?
Do you associate it with a specific behaviour or a mannerism? A characteristic? An emotion? A discipline or a virtue?
What does the word courage look like to you? How do you identify with the word? What images come to mind? Take a second to write them down or even sketch them out.
2. Realize there are many ways to practice courage.
You can compose a poem with the word courage or practice acronym. Below is an acronym to help you see some of the many ways you practice courage:
C = Compassion for yourself and others, even when you’re exhausted
O = Overcoming fear and self-doubt
U = Understanding and tapping into your strengths
R = Recognizing all you have accomplished
A = Adapting and being flexible
G = Growing and learning
E = Endurance to keep going
3. Set scary standards.
Your level of excellence and expectation for your product, service, or experience should be something that is nearly unattainable. Safe goals are set by safe leaders with safe visions. Give your people a goal that scares them, and you’ll produce leaders who know what it means to overcome fear.
How did you overcome fear as a female entrepreneur during the early start of your business? Drop stories in the comment section.