4 Top Tips for Facing Your Fears
You might not realize it, but deep down everyone is afraid.
The big difference between you and all those people you can see who are successful is that they confronted their fears. They worked through their issues to get ahead or went ahead in spite of them. If you don’t face your fears, you’re likely to miss out on a lot in life. Someone once said that one of the saddest ways to sum up life is with could have, might have, and should have. Don’t let that happen to you.
You have a choice between controlling or being controlled by your fears. Here are 4 top tips for overcoming your fears and achieving your goals.
No matter what your fears are, from public speaking to mountain climbing, you don’t have to do it all in one go. Work out what you want to achieve and take baby steps. Each small success will increase your confidence and shrink down that fear.
You don’t have to do it alone
No one said you had to hide your fear or overcome it all by yourself. Build up a support network of family, friends, and colleagues who’ll have your back and cheer you on. Get professional advice from a coach or mentor or buddy up with a friendly colleague.
If you have anxiety issues that seem overwhelming, get professional help. Be kind to yourself and get whatever support you need.
Accentuate the positive
A positive mindset will go a long way to help dispel fears and worries. A negativity spiral makes things worse, increasing your paralysis and helplessness.
Look around you and actively identify what’s going right in your life. Change your mindset and expectations to focus on abundance and success. Half the battle is learning to accept that you deserve success, you deserve to win. You can focus your energy on getting there.
Take control of the story
Rewriting your narrative can knock your fears on the head once and for all. If you see yourself as a competent, successful person, those niggles of self-doubt, that negative self-talk won’t be able to get a toe-hold.
Take control of your story, decide to be brave, confident and successful. Write down all the negative things that go round and round in your head. Make a list, and for every bad thing write a positive one. Bat down the self-doubt by setting down your skills, your strengths, your good points. You’ll soon see they outnumber the weaknesses, and you’ll be back in control of your own success story.
Few words elicit an emotional response more strongly than the word “failure.” One of the biggest obstacles to success is a fear of failure. In fact, most people are more motivated to avoid failure than they are to achieve success.
Most people don’t even have written goals because of a fear of failure. When you set a goal you’re defining success, but you’re also defining failure!
However, failure is a necessary part of success and successful living. Failure is a common result. It’s a lot more common than success. Failure is a short stop along the path to success. There is no significant success without a significant amount of failure, too.
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Audacious: 5 – Step System to Conquer Fear
There are some things we share with “lower” life forms. Most have a heart, a brain, and lungs. But in the most primal, primitive part of the mind, there lurks a place called the amygdala. In humans it’s about the size of an almond and its function is to keep us alive long enough to breed. It’s in all mammals, varying slightly in size, and it serves a very important purpose. Simply put, it tells us what to do when we’re in danger.
When you hear you the phrase “fight or flight” that’s referring to the work of the amygdala. There are some wonderful benefits to this system, for example, when something big and loud is coming at you, you’re probably already running before you even know what it is. The amygdala keeps you alive by pumping adrenaline into your system. What we do with it, becomes that reaction which keeps us alive.
Fight or flight. Are you going to stay and face the enemy, or will you run away?
The problem is, what was useful centuries ago has limited use in today’s world. After all, this reaction is built into the deepest, most instinctive part of our brain. But what do we need it for anymore other than to get you to jump up on the occasional curb when a taxi tries to take you out in the crosswalk?
When you hear yourself saying that something is too risky, that something is too dangerous, that you shouldn’t do it, that’s the amygdala talking. So while everything might not be life or death anymore, having a part of your brain on duty to keep you a little cautious, isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Except, it is. The worst part of the amygdala is that everything goes through there first before going on to other parts of the brain.
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