Fear as Fuel: Turning Child Care Business Owners' Apprehensions into Achievements
By Sindye Alexander and Brian Duprey
Fear can be a powerful force in our lives, often holding us back from reaching our full potential. As child care business owners, your dreams and goals are the driving force behind your hard work. However, common fears like the fear of failure, change, success, the fear of what others will think, and several others can become roadblocks on your path to success.
In this article, we will explore these fears, provide strategies to conquer them and offer real-life examples of individuals who have faced similar challenges.
Understanding Your Fears:
Fear of Failure:
This fear often traces back to our childhood, where we learned to avoid disappointment at all costs. It stems from a negative self-perception that makes us doubt our capabilities.
Take Sarah, for example, a child care center owner who hesitated to expand her facility because she feared the financial risks. However, she recognized that growth often requires taking calculated risks. By carefully planning her expansion and seeking financial advice, Sarah successfully expanded her center and overcame her fear of failure.
You might find yourself playing it safe when setting goals for your child care business, but it’s crucial to recognize that failure is a part of growth. Embrace your mistakes and learn from them as stepping stones toward success.
Fear of Change:
Change is intimidating because it brings uncertainty. As child care business owners, you may fear changes in regulations, expanding your facilities, or even altering your curriculum.
Imagine Lisa, who decided to revamp her curriculum to incorporate STEM activities. Initially, she was apprehensive about how parents would react. However, Lisa recognized the importance of staying innovative in the competitive market and gradually introduced the changes, which were well-received by parents and children alike.
Change is inevitable, and it offers opportunities for growth. Remember that it takes roughly 21 days to form a new habit, so start by taking small steps outside your comfort zone to adapt to change more easily.
Fear of Success:
Yes, it’s possible to fear success. Some people have such low self-esteem that they subconsciously sabotage their businesses when they start thriving.
Consider Mark, who struggled with imposter syndrome as his child care center gained popularity. To combat this fear, Mark sought therapy to address his self-esteem issues and realized that he deserved the success he had achieved. He went on to expand his centers and achieved multi-center success.
Fear can be especially detrimental for those aspiring to become multi-center owners. Self-awareness is key here – acknowledge your achievements and believe in your ability to handle success.
Fear of What Others Will Think:
In today’s world of social media, the fear of judgment from others has intensified. As a child care business owner, you may already stand out in your social circle. Remember that if people aren’t a bit astonished by your ambitions, your dreams might not be big enough. Their skepticism should be a sign that you’re pushing boundaries and thinking beyond the ordinary.
Fear of Financial Risks:
Many child care business owners fear taking on loans or investing in property or businesses. Sarah’s story also illustrates this fear. She initially hesitated but decided to seek advice from financial experts, plan meticulously, and create a financial safety net before making significant investments. This strategic approach allowed her to overcome her fear of financial risks.
Strategies to Conquer Fear:
Visualization and Goal Setting:
Before pursuing your child care business dreams, take a moment to identify your biggest fear. Whether it’s fear of failure, change, or success, acknowledging it is the first step. Next, visualize your goals and break them down into smaller, manageable steps. This process helps you build confidence and gradually diminishes your fear.
Consider seeking advice from mentors or fellow child care business owners who have faced similar fears and triumphed. Their experiences can provide valuable insights and guidance, helping you navigate challenging situations with confidence. Sarah’s story is a testament to how seeking guidance can lead to success. (We offer a game-changing coaching program that can help accelerate your business success. Schedule a free coaching call to learn more.)
Embrace Lifelong Learning:
To conquer the fear of the unknown, invest in continuous learning. Stay updated with the latest trends in child care and business management. This knowledge will empower you to make informed decisions and adapt to changes more easily. Lisa’s journey exemplifies how embracing learning can enhance your child care business.
Building a Support Network:
Surround yourself with a supportive network of friends, family, and colleagues who believe in your dreams. Share your goals and fears with them, and let their encouragement motivate you to overcome obstacles. Mark’s experience highlights the importance of a strong support system in achieving success. (Child Care Genius University Coaching or our free Child Care Genius Mastermind Facebook Group might help if you are looking for an amazing community of brilliant and supportive child care leaders.)
Lastly, practice self-compassion. Understand that setbacks are a natural part of any journey. Instead of criticizing yourself for failures, treat them as opportunities for growth. Be kind to yourself, and remember that you have the capability to achieve greatness.
We all face fears in our pursuit of success, but as child care business owners, you have a unique opportunity to create a positive impact on children’s lives. Don’t let fear hold you back from achieving your dreams. Embrace change, learn from failures, and celebrate your successes. Dale Carnegie’s book, “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living” is an excellent resource to help you overcome fear and pave the way for your child care business to thrive.
Before you embark on your journey to achieving your child care business dreams, take a moment to reflect on these questions:
- What is my biggest fear related to my child care business?
- Can I think of a specific situation where this fear has held me back?
- How can I apply the strategies mentioned in this article to overcome this fear?
- Who in my network can provide guidance and support as I confront this fear?
- What small step can I take today to start conquering this fear?
Your journey to success begins with acknowledging and conquering your fears. By taking these steps and learning from real-life examples, you can move closer to achieving your child care business dreams.