A topic that comes up in business often is the fear of failing.  It is a topic that is shared at all levels of employees, across women and men, and no matter how successful or senior they may be in their current positions.  The irony is that because most people fear the unknown, they start to create the worst case scenario in their head. The perceived fear stops them in their tracks; creating a moment of paralysis that distracts them from what they can truly accomplish.

Get out of your head

If you are willing to clear your mind, you may find that the situation or task at hand may be simpler than you were actually creating in your head.  You can use your breath to bring your focus beyond the perceived fear.  The following breathing exercise is a quick way to provide clarity, bring fresh oxygen into your body, lungs, and brain while also slowing down your heart rate.

Tool:  Sit down, or in a standing position, take a breath from under your feet and bring the breath up to your head; then slowly release the breath back to your toes.  Repeat this process two more times.

Ask more questions

Is your ‘fear’ based on a conclusion that you have made about the situation?  Conclusions are limiting and they have a ‘stop’ energy about them.  Instead of jumping into conclusions, ask questions in every situation.  Keep in mind that, rather than looking for an answer, a question is designed to bring you more information and put you into the mindset of what else may be possible.

Tool:  Below are some examples of questions that can take you from conclusion to possibility.Just ask the questions and allow the ideas, the energy of the information to really truly come into your awareness.

  • What is really being asked of me?
  • Do I have the information I require to get started?
  • Do I have the skills to complete it the way it is required?
    • If no, who or what can I add to my team/project to complete it the way it is required?
  • What choices and options are available that I may have not considered yet?
  • By choosing to move forward with this, what will it create for me, the company, and the world in 5 years?


Would you like to find out how to turn your fear upside down and finally overcome them?  Read the rest of Laleh’s article in thebusinesswomenmedia.com


A life-long entrepreneur, the CEO of Belapemo, Laleh Alemzadeh-Hancock dedicates her career and personal life to inspiring and empowering individuals and organizations who desire to exponentially grow their lives and their businesses.

What makes Laleh and the resources at Belapemo unique is their ability to partner with their clients to turn every scenario or challenge from “that is impossible” to “everything is possible”. The mountain may, at first, appear intimidating; however, once you realize the mountain is not more significant than you then it can be overcome and conquered. The next question will be what else is possible that you have not even imagined?

Find out more about Laleh Hancock here.  

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