1. Become a better communicator
Read books on psychology, marketing, and communication until everything starts to sound the same. Join Toastmasters. Take the Carnegie course on public speaking. Accept invitations to speak in front of groups. Create opportunities to speak in front of groups. You won’t die.
2. Own up to your mistakes and failures
Don’t ever play the victim. If something goes wrong in your business, you created it on some level. Accept that and you empower yourself to learn and change your behavior and outcomes. Don’t beat yourself up or judge yourself to be a bad human being when you fail or screw up. Just acknowledge it, fix it if you can, and move on. There’s no other way.
3. Follow your heart
Try to think with your heart as well as your head. Tap into that innate intuition about what’s best for you and right for your business. The more you do this the more well honed your decision making will become, and you’ll get on a straighter path to where you’re going.
4. Ask for help
Nobody gets through this alone, or at least very well. Human beings are designed for productive collaboration. It’s only when our egos get in the way that we fail to work together to make our lives better and the world a better place. Let go of your pride and fear and ask for help when you need it, and help where you can. Surround yourself with capable people. Be a capable person.
5. Be truthful
Practice every day speaking the absolute truth, even when it hurts. Drop the facades that we all wear for different groups of people of different perceived status, relationship, or value. Be yourself. Don’t worry about criticism or being liked by other people. We are all in the same situation and all moving toward the same destination whether you believe that’s in the ground or on the astral plane. Anything else is delusion.
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