Conviction in a leader is an incredibly valuable yet increasingly rare trait. It's in short supply because our brains are wired to overreact to uncertainty with fear. As uncertainty increases, the brain shifts control over to the limbic system, the place where emotions, such as anxiety and panic, are generated.
I recently celebrated one year of owning my own life and business coaching practice, and surpassed that illusive six-figure mark that most entrepreneurs strive for in their first year. Many of my friends, colleagues and clients have asked me what the secret was and my answer has always been, "There is no secret."
The idea of becoming a freelance writer scared me shitless -- it was unknown and lacked the stability and routine schedule I'd always had in my life. But the idea was also exciting because it offered me the creative freedom and independence I craved as a young woman who was ready to create a bold future for herself.