There is something that seems programmed into us from the time that we are small: we cannot fail. The shame of failing at anything seems to have been built up in our minds as a kind of unpardonable sin. Yet, failing is actually a big part of many entrepreneurs’ journeys. So, how do you overcome your limiting beliefs and keep trying? It may be easier than you think.
Before you start with any project including your doTERRA® business, you must let go of the idea of perfection. If you have never tried to run your own business before, it is expected that you have a learning curve to overcome. It would be nearly impossible to figure everything out in the beginning. You have to start where you are, or you’ll never start at all.
Once your idea of perfection is under control, stop allowing the views of others to define how you think. Contrary to the ideas of kids playing at recess who label each other as “losers,” failure is not a personality trait. Failure is an external event that happens, and you get to choose where you go from there. When you label yourself as a “failure” you are involving too much of your ego and self-worth in what happens to you. We think that if we are successful, it must be because we are brilliant and if we fail it must be because we can’t win at anything. But, thinking this way only keeps you from truly analyzing the facts of the event.
Be honest about the situation as you ask yourself:
- How prepared was I?
- What was my approach?
- What did I have the power to change, and what did I not?
- What else could I have done to fix the situation?
Once you have answers to these questions, it becomes much easier to pick yourself up and know how to start again. Only this time, you have more experience and you have an idea of how to keep going.
Having a different focus can also help you overcome any residual fears of failing. Marie Forleo, a life coach, author, web television host, and motivational speaker, states, “Your attention’s like a flashlight. Shine it out on others, and you lose sight of your own fear.” If you have a fear of failing, focus on helping others find and use the gift of essential oils. When you are focused on helping others, you are less likely to have time to focus on your own fears. The lifeblood of a doTERRA business is simply helping others in whatever way you can, and when put into practice, helping others can help you overcome any negative inner voice that sticks around.