My fear is going to the dentist. But more about that in a moment.
There I was, sitting in the dentist’s chair this week when I started thinking that maybe, is this how some people feel about sales. I say this because many women I talk to say that sales makes them feel anxious, awkward and extremely uncomfortable. And that’s even though there’s no drilling involved!
I have always said that a fear of sales can be down to your general perception but may also be due to a past experience. A really good example of this is a client of mine who didn’t feel comfortable following up on proposals. It turned out that this was due to a stern telling off and hard smack at a young age when she ‘had the cheek’ to ask for something.
So more about my story.
Sadly, the fillings I had in my twenties are starting to wear out. My nocturnal tooth grinding habit isn’t helping much either. Many of these old fillings need to be replaced at a similar time, resulting in too many dental appointments for my liking.
I know I’m not alone in my fear of the dentist. Some people are so scared that they don’t even go!
When I was younger, I passed out at the dentist. You’ll laugh, as that was just from the injection – I still had to go through the drilling!
You might relate to the way I often leave the dentist feeling emotionally exhausted. Getting through my appointments has become a case of mind over matter – I focus on getting myself ‘in the zone’ and repeat positive affirmations in my head.
I recently had a fantastic hypnotherapy session with Sharon Stiles. So this time round, I listened to hypnotherapy in the run-up to my appointment to mentally prepare myself for the experience!
And OK, I wasn’t about to fall asleep, but it was certainly the most relaxed I’ve ever felt while in the dentist’s chair.
The moral of the story is this. Even when you are scared, the first step is being aware of your fear. If you have a fear that is stopping you being healthy, or successful in your business, you need a course of action.
Do you feel scared at the thought of sales and think it could be limiting your success? Get in touch with me for a free a 30-minute call to discuss how I could help you could overcome your fear of sales.
After all, what is the worst that is going to happen?