Crush your fears!
I’ve had a lot of failures and successes. One thing that I have learned is that by addressing my fears was one way to start defining how to reach my goals. Here are some things I try and think about when I want to make a change in life and am feeling a little bit fearful.
Define your fear.
Ask yourself what it is that you are afraid of. In my experience, this has sometimes been challenging and made me feel vulnerable. The best way I thought of to do this is to grab a piece of paper and write down everything that comes into your mind. List maybe ten things and then break those down further. After each fear ask yourself “Why?” “Why am I afraid of….”
Worst case scenario
After you finish writing down your fears and exploring why you have these thoughts. Think about the worst possible thing that can happen if you try and fail. One thing I have learned doing this is that while the worst-case scenario might be painful, embarrassing, or scary, I will live through any horrible possibility that I have imagined in my mind.
One of my favorite quotes on fear is by Eleanor Roosevelt.
“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.”
Once you have defined your fears and imagined the worst possible things that can happen if you try, start making an action list of steps that you can take to avoid failure. Is there a friend you can tell your goal and fear about? Having someone in your corner to cheer you on can help boost your confidence. Can you break your goal into smaller more manageable steps that you can take daily to feel less overwhelmed? Keep a journal of your thoughts and ideas, sometimes getting stuff on paper is easier than expressing your fears to others and this is a great way to get crazy thoughts out of your head.
What would happen if you tried?
Think about what would happen if you tried? What are some of the positives that could result in you taking the leap and going for what you want? How would you feel if you began to take steps to work on your goal? Keep this space positive, reflect not only on how you would feel acting on your goals but also on what potential opportunities or results you are opening yourself up to.
What would happen if you never tried?
Every day is a new opportunity to work on some aspect of your life. That is something that I find very exciting. There are days that are complete flops when it comes to working on my goals and there are other days where I have successes and feel unstoppable. I always make a point to remind myself that today is just as good as any other to get started. Some questions to ask yourself could be, what will my life look like in one week if I don’t try? One month, one year?
While Letting go of fear can be scary, and exciting, remember that every day is an opportunity to make a change, even if it is a small one. Even if you are the only one that sees it. Making one small change every day can add up to big changes. Baby steps. Baby steps.
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