Is FEAR standing in the way of your success?
As a Balloon Business Owner it’s good to take a look at the obstacles that stand in your way.
What is your FEAR?
As you wake up today and look at your plans for the future, in reaching for your dreams, what scares you?
It is OK to have fear, we all have something in our life that tends to creep up or jump out at us and keep us from becoming all that we can be.
Common fears that keep us from our full potential include, FEAR of:
- Speaking in public
- Opening ourselves up to others
- Being criticized
- Making a fool out of ourselves
- People saying no to our products (and taking that personally)
I am a bit of an expert on facing fear.
Something you may not know about me is prior to my full time career in the balloon industry (since 2003), my college degree was Recreation & Leisure Studies with an emphasis in Outdoor Education. My internship (where I met my husband, Brian) was at Bradford Woods, run by the University of Indiana. Each week, we had students and corporate groups that came to the camp for Team Building and Challenge course experiences.
My job as a high ropes facilitator was to tie the harness onto climbers correctly so they would not fall to their death from 100 foot platform up in the air. I would then have the climbers on belay (a rope tied from their harness, and attached to me to guide them as they were in the air to keep them safe while facing their fears through the high ropes challenge course).
Talk about an exciting job! Each day, I helped people face their fears and celebrate with them as they accomplished the journey! Brian and I always wanted our daughter Marlee to have that same awesome feeling of being up in the tree tops and facing her fears. In 2013, our family took a trip to West Virginia to an adventure camp.
First step is training:
- What can I expect from the experience
- What do I need to be successful and have the right equipment
- Ask questions as needed
Next step is practice. They run a line just off the ground to learn what it will feel like up in the cable sitting in your harness. And the last step? Jump. Just go for it!
Why did I share this story with you?
My hope is to inspire you to move forward…one step at a time.
In 2003, I stepped out in fear and went from working full time in social work to owning a balloon decor company as my primary source of income. This was truly a leap of faith, as I do not have a business degree and was not totally aware of all the hats I would wear as a business owner.
I knew I loved balloons and creating memorable celebrations. The rest I learned as I moved forward daily to grow a thriving business.
I prepared myself for business growth by attending balloon and business training.
I then applied what I learned and jumped out into networking into my local area. Sometimes I rocked it; sometimes not so much. The key is I did not give up and look at each day as a new learning opportunity. Over time I became known as the go to place for creative balloon decor in my area as I grew my business.
In 2015 I launched BalloonCoach.com to create resources for you that I wish were available to the balloon industry back in 2003.
If you feel overwhelmed as you grow your business and would like support and training as you face your fears head, on here are some links to help you on your journey to build a thriving balloon business.
Free services include:
Resources to Purchase for quicker results:
What do our members think of Balloon Boss Mastermind program?
- First Monday of the Month Member Q & A “office hours” with Balloon Coach Joette via webinar 9 pm Eastern.
- Access to ongoing Group Coaching through member only Facebook group
- Decor 101 training – basics of supplies needed to create decor, framing and classic designs
- Full access to the Passport to Success webinar library recorded since September 2015
- Seat in the live monthly Passport to Success webinars the 4th Tuesday of each month 9 pm Eastern.
- Vision Board and Goal setting training
So, Is FEAR standing in the way of your success?
Is there a FEAR that is standing in your way of business growth?
What is the #1 thing you are fearful of…write it down.
Feel free to share it with us in Balloon Coach Community on Facebook
Don’t let fear stand in the way of making your balloon dreams reality! Go For IT!
Your Partner in Success,
Joette Giardina, CBA
Mentor. Motivator. Speaker.