Moving Projects Forward By Moving Past Fear

Chris Smith published a nice list of seven ways to get started with a new project or venture. The point of the post isn’t just how to start a project from fresh, but also how to restart a project that may have stagnated due to internal fear. Entrepreneurs, in my opinion, face two harsh enemies: Fear and Reality.

The Reality component is easy enough to overcome – just accept it, no matter how painful it might be.

The Fear component is more difficult to overcome. Self-doubt and fear of the unknown are crippling. Sometimes the only way to move forward is to move past the fear. In Smith’s article he offered the following ways to move forward, hopefully allowing the fear to subside:

  1. Outline and Act
  2. Copy and/or Steal
  3. Prototype
  4. Brainstorm with Outsiders
  5. Focus (!)
  6. Identify Fears and Then Smash Them
  7. Expect Everything Less Than Perfection