Many of us are scared to ask for a raise, try for a promotion, or if you are in business take a risk against your more competitive competition.  Asking for a promotion can only go two ways, either they say yes or no.  It’s the no that makes you feel embarrassed and possibly even humiliated if they treat you poorly.  If that occurs, you best move is to find a better position that appreciates you and your skills.  The same scenario if you ask for a raise.  It is certainly understandable if you need extra money and the business isn’t doing that well.  Again, you are better off looking online at the various job sites and find something that will give you the type of salary you deserve.  Being scared to try new ideas for your business is understandable.  However, you will not progress further if you don’t try new ideas and challenges.  If you can recognize your fears that is the first step.  Don’t procrastinate simply because you are afraid of the next step.  First figure out why.  Obviously, the loss of money would be first.  However, then we return to being embarrassed or feeling inferior because one particular idea didn’t work out.  If you try a new marketing idea, for example, on a small scale your loss if it fails will be minimal.  However, if you are successful, your profits will be greater.  If one of your staff approaches you with a new concept, rather than put them off or even procrastinate on thinking about the idea, then not only will your staff become discouraged but you could be missing out on a golden opportunity.  The second negative part is that the person with the great ideas might move to another company and increase their profits.  Go with your instincts and you will probably be more successful than you imagined.  In the Good Gus series everyone who moved to Pecos was scared.  They were moving to a new area, beginning a new life and starting a new business.  The series is available exclusively on Kindle worldwide.  If you are scared to take the next step in business or even personally, muster up the courage and give it a go.  You might be surprised.  When you take a reading break, please remember “Misplaced Trust” which is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.