Overcome Fear – 3 Tips
Fear will keep you from believing in yourself, taking risks, and getting out of your comfort zone; three key components of growth and success. Imagine all the things you can do if fear didn’t get in your way. I often ask my clients, “If you had no fear of failure, what three things would you try?” Think about that question and write down a list of 10 things. My advice is to pick one and start on it. That’s not as easy as it sounds for most, however. In this article, I will give you three tips that will help you overcome fear. These aren’t the only tips out there to overcome fear, but they are powerful and effective.
Overcome Fear With These 3 Tips
1 – Question The Outcome
When we are afraid of something, it’s because we fear the result of an action. For instance, if you are afraid of public speaking, it’s not necessarily the act of public speaking that we fear, it is a possible result that may occur afterwards, such as being judged. Question these potential outcomes. How likely are you to ruin your reputation if you blunder through your presentation this afternoon? Are you certain, he will break your heart and dump you if you commit to the relationship? Questioning the outcome will cause you to change your perspective. In many cases, you’ll realize your fear was unfounded in the first place.
2 – Affirmations
Affirmations are a powerful tool to rewire your thought process. When you feel afraid of something, affirm aloud a possible positive outcome. “I will have a successful business.” “I will make the team.” I will do well in my interview.” Make sure you keep your affirmations in a positive tone. In other words say, “I will ace this presentation,” instead of “I won’t mess up my presentation.” Doing so will gradually force your mind to begin believing in a positive outcome. Once you believe, you WILL achieve.
3. – Do Something That Scares You Every Day
Staying in your comfort zone is a goal killer. We like to stay there because we are safe, and we know the expectations and outcomes. You will never grow as a person or accomplish anything spectacular if you don’t feel uncomfortable every once in a while. Everyday, do something small that will take you out of your comfort zone. Talk to someone new at work, take on a new project, try a new activity. Doing so will get you in the habit of getting into a zone where goals come to reality and opportunities are created.
It is a process to overcome fear, not an overnight project. Taking time to practice these three tips will get you well on your way to either eliminate your fears or at the very least, enable you to use them to your advantage.