“I really want to start my own business,” my friend relayed to me, “but I haven’t done it because I’m petrified!” That sentiment is very common. Fear is a powerful human emotion in women’s lives. It holds many of us back from doing the things we want to do or ever realizing our full potential.


But the truth is that fear is always going to be part of the equation when you stretch yourself or try something new. And the bigger the goal, the bigger the fear. I like to think of it as “growing pains.” So instead of backing away from it, here are five ways to move forward in spite of fear.

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