Did you ever say to yourself after accomplishing something important…. “Gee, that was not as bad as I thought it would be?” I have said this time after time with tasks either small or big. I then ask myself, “Why was I so fearful in not starting it sooner?”
Is fear holding you back as well?
Fear is at the root of many of our feelings and behaviors, like anxiety, worry, aggression, passivity, apathy or dependence. It affects people in many different ways. What has helped me to crack down on fear and not make it as big a deal is to turn the word in to an acronym I came across from a seminar…
Discovering this acronym interpretation took the ‘sting’ out of fear in general. I also realized that most of my fear was rooted in my head.
Has fear ever made you make excuses for something that you did not want to do like speak in front of others or look in to a new business venture? Has fear raised anxiety or your resistance to something like learning a new system at work? Has it affected your productivity? If the answer is yes to one or all then here are several ways to help face your fears:
- Identify your fears – be specific.
- Write them down so you can see them as opposed to having them live larger than life in your head.
- Ask yourself, “What’s the worst that could happen?”
- Think of your past successes or victories over fear so you can regain your confidence.
- Break things down in to steps.
Once you reduce fear in your life, you will be able to be more productive, more effective and a lot less stressed.
I’d love to hear from you….what has helped you conquer your fears?
To Your Freedom in Overcoming Fear!