Should we focus on anxiety or enjoyment

Should We Focus On Anxiety Or Enjoyment?

When it comes to building a successful business you love, I’m fascinated by how few people actually take action to make it happen.

Too often, procrastination appears to have the upper hand:

“Procrastination is like a credit card: it's fun until you get the bill.” ~ Christopher Parker

Over the years, I’ve had hundreds of conversations with aspiring business owners and have grouped the common reasons for procrastinating below:

I’m not ready.

I’ll wait for a sign.

I don’t have the time.

I’ll wait for better timing.

I don’t have the resources.

I'm afraid that I’ll fail.

Who would listen to me?

I’m not smart/good/[ fill in the blank ] enough.

Beneath these words, fear reigns.

The brain’s Limbic System, which supports emotion, behavior, motivation and learning, is in overdrive. The Amygdala is constantly asking itself, “Am I safe? Am I safe? Am I safe?”

The resulting inaction can be crippling. Many will take their dreams to the grave. And, that saddens me.

Prompted by life-threatening illness…

In 2013, a brain-abscess left me paralysed in my left arm and leg. I spent a month in hospital.

The period in hospital was a huge wake up call for me. I realised how precious life is and how quickly it can be over. I vowed there and then that when I left the hospital I would live life to the fullest, in the face of fear.

I was lucky to have had such a wake-up call and make a full recovery.

Since then, I’ve made it my mission to help others crossover to their full potential, without being prompted by life-threatening experience.

Beyond procrastination, we can make better choices.

Will we give into fear and procrastination and take our dreams to the grave, like so many before us?

Or will we live life to the full and make our dreams happen?

And, are we willing to make our dreams a priority, during our finite time here?

What if:

    1. The dream was the sign?
    2. You could make the time?
    3. You are as ready as you will ever be?
    4. You could make your dream a priority?
    5. The world was waiting to hear your message?
    6. You could say No to people and things that don’t serve your dream?
    7. You could become resourceful (sponsors, fundraisers, crowd-funding)?
    8. You could choose the danger of failure above the sorrow of regret?
    9. You could help so many people with the experience and knowledge that you already possess?
    10. You could reach out to get support, guidance and a proven system to build your dream business?

Let me know in the comments below, how you can bust fear & procrastination and take steps to build your dream business.

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Much love,

Carl xo

Carl Brooks
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  1. Hi Carl,
    Thank you for the invitation to comment on your Blog. It’s always good to verbalise, connect and engage with our own and others journeys.

    What am I choosing to focus on right now? Breaking through m own blocks and fears by putting into motion action. I have a phrase that I use to pull myself out of complacency and indecision, which is “See it, do it”. Sometimes it is more effective than others, however it is very useful and brings various degrees of satisfaction to an occasional procrastinator.
    A phrase I listened to you say on your webinar has also help shift my gears when I need it, which is “Clarity comes from action”. This is particularly useful to me at the moment whilst I’m planning my workshop amidst learning o mass of online advertising strategies which get in the way of what I really want to be doing, which is coaching. However, it is a chicken and egg situation and this where my risk of throwing my hands in the air and giving in to giving up as thi journey is most definitely not smooth. Does this make any sense?
    So what is my journey bringing to me? It’s bringing spotlights to areas I will benefit from developing and tools that will see me through these challenging times, allowing me to change the story I have been telling myself for years – that I’m not good enough to be successful at this, or clever enough to make it happen.
    I chose courage over fear, despite the fear being a companion along the way. I chose to rise to the challenge and get back up if I fall.

    • Hi Karina, Great comment.I hear you, Karina. Yes! clarity comes from action. Here’s to choosing courage above fear and rising to the the challenge. You rock! Warmest, Carl

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