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Confronting your fears

Virtually anyone that has succeeded in their profession, career or sport has had to overcome their inner fears and anxieties. These will be personal to you, and you need to take action to overcome them or run the risk of them holding you back from what you want to achieve.

In many instances, fear is an emotion you create in your own mind and it often results from a lack of confidence in your abilities to handle situations or anxiety about the outcomes. This leads to worry and negative thoughts, acting as a barrier to personal progression. The emotional turmoil created by fear stunts your personal growth, imposes limits on your beliefs and leads to a lacklustre performance that will restrict you from achieving your aims.

Getting into the habit of confronting your fears will give you the chance to prove to yourself what you are capable of and help you to release your negative thoughts. This allows you to move forward towards your vision.

You’ll need to condition your mind to overcome the fears that hold you back, by getting into the habit of listening to and acknowledging them, and then questioning how real they are. Once you have taken positive steps to embrace your fears and overcome them by proving to yourself that they are only in your mind, almost anything becomes a possibility.

“Feel the fear and do it anyway.”

Susan Jeffers

The fear factor Fear comes in many shapes and forms. It could be:

  • Fear of failure due to the embarrassment it could result in

  • Fear of being unable to provide for your family

  • Fear of speaking in public

  • Fear of financial disaster

  • Fear of losing your job Do away with those fears by:

  • Forcing yourself to take action against them

  • Visualise the outcome you want – not the fear factor

  • Ask yourself: how real is the fear?

  • Dispel the invisible audience that fear creates in the mind

  • How much do you want success? If you can’t do away with the fear, disappointment will result

“To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.” Bertrand Russell

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