Online Business and Stage Fright

If you’re a person who hates to even think about getting up on stage and performing for an audience, you may have some understanding of what it is like for some to consider starting their own online business. Having a website or starting an online business is…scary business. As easy as it is to start a money-making endeavor online, moving it in the right direction, sourcing, out-sourcing, marketing, promotion, advertising, content development, product development, forming affiliation…the likes, it’s a lot for one person to take on.But it’s not impossible.I was a performer before I was an online business owner, so I can assure you that I’ve had my fair share of stage frights. In an experience of stage fright, there are two dynamics at work. One is the desire to ‘perform’; the other is the fear that works in the opposite direction, stopping the performer from moving forward.The Four Essential Ds for an online business ownerThe idea of an online business is a good one for individuals who are gifted and have the four Ds. The four Ds are Desire, Do-It, Determination and Destination.When the online business owner has all the above four ingredients, I can assure you that he/she have all the right stuff to make it in the online business world. However, I would like to note that there are many in this world who possesses the above and yet don’t seriously consider the idea of making money online because they fear the stage…which is the Internet. The fear far outweighs the potential in the minds of these individuals. I don’t blame them. The internet provides them a bigger-than-usual stage as compared to a brick-and-mortar business. Matters become even more twisted if that person has never owned a business, much less an online one, to begin with.Stop moving the timelineThe first thing that person needs to do is to stop moving the timeline. For example, Paul may have a great idea about starting an online business. While still keeping his regular salary-paying sales job, he throws himself completely into coming up with a plan for an online business and gives himself six months to do it. Despite the great plan, what Paul sees in front of him is a whole line of obstacles he has to go through before his dream of ever owning an online business of his own will come true. Without his knowing, he is mentally pushing his own ‘three month’ timeline forward. He gets a promotion, he sidelines his ‘project’. He finds a girlfriend, his plans gets booted backwards again. His car needs fixing, he forgets his online business plan. Hence, in this situation, you can see how Paul’s great online business plan is bound for failure.I can tell you that if Paul doesn’t do something about his online business plan right NOW, he would hit fifty and think about those great plans that he made back then and label the plan as something that ‘could have been’.And it’s a pity because it’s just a matter of stage fright.Stage Fright Peels away once you’re on the stageWhat Paul doesn’t see or is willing to see is this…like stage fright, you forget about it when you’re on stage! You could be shaking and quivering back stageand the butterflies in your tummy really bothers you but the moment you step on stage and put your heart into it, everything else, all those fears, peels away. Forgotten because you’re already in motion.Bottom line is, I don’t want you to be Paul. If you have a fabulous idea that you think you want to bring online, I suggest that you make the plan and do it now. The stage is yours.