Achieve what you never believed was possible.
My all-time favorite quote is by Nelson Mandela. He said, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”
Every time I read this quote I am reminded of the limitless potential of mankind. It truly is astonishing!
The next time you are faced with any kind of fear that keeps you from taking action, let that fear help you achieve what you never believed you could.
Easier said than done?
I read that the belief in our own unworthiness drives us to live fear-based lives and that we are afraid of letting people see who we really are and potentially exposing ourselves, so we avoid the one thing that can make us more courageous: vulnerability. (Conquering fear.)
This made me think.
Is it true? Do we live fear-based lives? Are we afraid of letting people see who we really are? Are we our own worst enemies? Is fear keeping us from achieving more?
If the answers are yes, then how do we change that?
Recognize the fear.
Acknowledge it is something you struggle with.
Try to find out where it is coming from.
Assess whether it is holding you back from accomplishing something you really care about.
Look for ways to face and conquer it.
Everybody faces different fears and challenges so there is not a one-size fits all answer for conquering fear. You must figure out what works for you.
Here are a few things that have helped me overcome some of my fears:
- Positive self-talk.
- Have positive, encouraging, supportive people in your life. Positive people attract negative people. So even if you have a positive outlook on life, if you are around people who are negative it will drag you down instead of lift you up. I know this because it happens to me all the time until I eventually feel the negativity affecting me and can distance myself from it.
- Step outside your comfort zone. This is hard but is also VERY rewarding.
- Hire someone who is a professional at the thing you want to conquer. (or find a friend or mentor if it’s something you can’t hire someone to help with)
- Be kind to yourself. This goes along hand in hand with positive self-talk. Don’t beat yourself up when you feel fear is holding you back. It’s natural to fear things that challenge us or are outside of our comfort zones.
- Give yourself credit for the things you DO accomplish. Even if they seem small.
- Get professional counseling. Some things we just need more help with than we can get from our family or friends.
This weekend challenge yourself to do something you thought you couldn’t or to face a fear you’ve been struggling with. It can be big or small. Doesn’t matter. You know the old saying, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.”
Conquering small fears gives us the courage to tackle bigger fears. It’s empowering and feels good.
You can achieve more than you can even imagine. Don’t let fear keep you out of the game of achieving your dreams and desires.
As a new blogger, I’m still scared every time I hit the Publish button. My heart actually starts pounding! (even though I know I’d feel lucky if even one person read my blog) 🙂
I’m scared but I’m forcing myself to do it because I know the benefits it can bring into my life. But I AM looking forward to the day that the feeling of self-doubt slips quietly into the background as I become more confident in my blogging skills.
One post at a time…