Conquer Your Fear of Failure


One of the greatest fears that business owners face is the fear of failure.

At some point during the business planning process or operation, many entrepreneurs/mompreneurs/careerpreneurs battle a fear of not succeeding.  They let anxiety and second-guessing swoop in.

I’ve been there. Afraid .  Anxious.  Overwhelmed.

It’s natural.

Take comfort knowing that you are not alone.

Freeing yourself of fear is no simple thing, nor is it expected that you forge forward in your business without ever feeling it… but there are a couple of steps and reminders to help:


  1. Stay Focused on Your Goals.

YOUR business isn’t about what other people want.  Working for yourself means YOU are the one driving the ship and you have very specific objectives that you want to achieve.

Yes, you may have clients or customers to serve and lots of opinions tossed your way, but negative feedback or forceful input on the direction of your business should never persuade you to give up on your goals.

Making decisions and managing the load all alone can be overwhelming at times; so seek support when you need to, but ’stay the course’ and don’t get sidetracked by anxiety, negativity, or fear.

“You will never reach your destination if you stop to throw stones at every dog that barks.” – Winston Churchill

Let your passion drive you and your business forward.



  1. Keep It Realistic.

Chances of becoming an overnight success are not high, so give yourself permission to take things one day at a time, one step at a time.  I call this: slow burn.

Break down your long-term goals into more achievable, smaller steps that you can tackle each day, systematically, to keep yourself focused and progressing.

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier

Contact us to help you develop and tackle a business action plan customized to your requirements and hurdles.



  1. Learn from your mistakes.

You may have days (even weeks or months) where you feel that everything you do is ‘one step forward, two steps back’…and that is ok so long as you don’t let it bring you down.

Unfortunate things will happen. How you handle times of adversity is what counts.

“There is no failure. Only feedback.” — Robert Allen. 

In times of challenge, pick yourself back up and keep moving forward.  If doing this alone is a struggle, commission a cheerleader or coach who can support you through the process of analysis and progression.



Ultimately, FEAR has two meanings:  Forget Everything and Run…or Face Everything and Rise. The choice is yours!

Chin up – you’ve got this!  If you need a person in your corner, we are here to help!



  • Adrienne Tom is a careerpreneur, entrepreneur, mompreneur, and dedicated career pro. Learn more about her small business at  or connect with her for small business coaching:

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