It is normal to feel the emotion of fear. And at times, fear brings us benefits which keep us aware of the risks, alerting us to look deeper and also it can help us to improve our focus. However, we need to manage these fears as too many fears could cripple us and crash goals. Not to fret too much, as every single successful people experience fear and being humans, it is valid to have this emotion. The main thing is to not let fear take over your dreams in achieving success.
Multi Shades of Fear
This human emotion isn’t all black and white. Fear can take many forms, from mild anxiety to downright debilitating overthinking. Under certain circumstances, it can protect you from danger and stop impulsive behaviours. But, because it’s closely tied into your gut instinct, it can also help you improve your decision making.
But not all types of fear are good for you. In fact, this emotion often does more harm than good. It can keep you from reaching your full potential, fuel procrastination, and cause stress.
Let’s say you want to quit your 9-to-5 job and start a media agency or work as a freelance social media manager. You might be afraid that you’ll lose time and money if things don’t work out as you planned. What if you won’t have enough clients? Or what if you get sick and can’t work anymore?
The risks are real, so it’s normal to experience fear. However, you’ll never know what you’re missing if you don’t try. Who knows? You might have a huge success and build a loyal customer base. Five years from now on, you could have enough money to buy the home of your dreams. Do you want to live your life wondering What if?
How to Overcome Your Fear
No matter how hard you try, you’ll never be able to get rid of fear completely. Instead, you should make it your best friend.
You can try these strategies so you can overcome your fear:
- Picture yourself reaching your goal, whatever it is.
- Imagine the worst-case scenario then write them all down.
- For each scenario come up with a backup plan. Ask yourself: what are the facts? Am I making assumptions? What’s the best thing that can happen? Who can I call for help?
- Then you might see that for each worst-case scenario you can do something about it if they even happen.
Use your fear as a source of guidance. Assess your inner fears and seek possible solutions. Using our example above, you could start a blog or social media side hustle in addition to your regular job. This way, if your business fails, you’ll still have an income. If it keeps growing, turn it into a full-time job. With this approach, you’ll get to do what you want and lessen the risks.
To me what helps me to overcome my fears is to look for inspiration from others who have walked the journey which I wanted to be on. By investigating their roadmap to success, gives me some sort of directions.
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