We are all afraid of something.
Maybe you watched a scary movie about killer snakes and while you’ve never been within 100 feet of a snake, you’re deathly afraid of them.
Or maybe someone said something demeaning to you and now you’re afraid you will never amount to anything.
Your body doesn’t know whether the fear is real or imagined. The effect is the same. Your heart rate increases, your palms start to sweat, you want to turn and run away from what you perceive is harmful.
Fear can be a good thing. It keeps you from physical danger.
But what if it keeps you from being successful? Do you have any of these fears:
- Fear of failure
- Fear of not being good enough
- Fear of disappointing yourself or someone else
- Fear of being rejected
- Fear of being blamed
- Fear of success
- Fear of being ashamed (blame turned inward)
If fear is keeping you from moving forward, from being all that you can be, what’s the solution?
Simply put, you need to feel the fear and do it anyway.
Train your brain to respond in a different manner.
Turn fear into fuel by changing your fear/anxiety threshold.
Afraid of public speaking? Find a reason to talk in front of a group.
Procrastinating because the task you need to do is not something you really know how to do? We procrastinate by doing something familiar (how much time do you spend on Facebook instead of tackling a project?). Just do it!
Create an action plan for when you feel afraid so that when you find yourself in a fearful situation you will take charge of the emotions.
What will it cost your business if you don’t address fear?