It’s Time to Face Your Fears!
Do you often think about doing something different or implementing a new idea only to allow fear to stop you dead in your tracks? Do you frequently conjure up a list of reasons to be inactive, why you shouldn’t try or can’t accomplish something?
All too often we build roadblocks to personal and professional success because we allow fear to be a governing force in our life. I was once that type of person, but no more!
Throughout the past few years, I have had the opportunity to meet people who have overcome tremendous challenges and displayed courage that most can only imagine. People that were born without arms and legs, or feet, or hands, or vision, or have the ability to walk, who have gone on to accomplish the “impossible”. People who have survived horrific trauma and now live their life in service to others. People who have lost everything and yet remain grateful.
All of these people could have chosen to allow fear to stop them. But instead they confronted their fear and recognized that it is nothing more than a mindset, a perception, False Evidence Appearing Real. They have learned that each time we face our fear, we gain strength, courage and confidence in the doing.
So, the next time you’re faced with an overwhelming challenge, an opportunity to try something new, or the chance to step out of your comfort zone, how do you push fear aside and take action?
1. Evaluate the driving force behind your fear. Is it a “real” consideration or something that you have created in your mind?
2. Make a list of your concerns and attack them one by one. Ask yourself, “What is the worst thing that can happen?” (btw…it usually doesn’t).
3. Develop a plan of action. What is your goal and how will you achieve it? Empower yourself with knowledge.
4. Muster up the courage and take a chance. The best plans are meaningless without action. As the great explorer Christopher Columbus said, “You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
Remember, it isn’t the end result that matters … it’s the journey. You may just enjoy the ride!