Day #346: Confronting & Overcoming Fears

Overcoming fears is never an easy task, but we can do it. I have asked plenty of times this year and I will continue to do so. 

What’s stopping you from achieving your dreams? Who or what has been dragging you away from the steps you need to take to achieve your goals?

Let me guess…

  • circumstances
  • other people
  • maybe bad luck
  • no time
  • been too busy
  • too scared
  • it’s a big risk
  • too tired
  • and I am sure the list goes on

It is so much easier to put the responsibilities of your circumstances and situations elsewhere. But you should understand that, in order to achieve greatness, you need to take responsibility for your situation. By taking charge of what is going on in your life, you get to be in control.

So what do you need to do?

Firstly… Stop getting in your own way and secondly…

News flash — your fear is what’s stopping you. You don’t see it, or refuse to see it subconsciously because it makes you vulnerable. You are afraid of having to deal with the setbacks from your own failures. You think you are afraid of how others might react to your failure, but the truth is that you are afraid of how you will deal with your own failure.

“Each of us must confront our own fears, must come face to face with them. How we handle our fears will determine where we go with the rest of our lives. To experience adventure or to be limited by the fear of it.” – Judy Blume

In short, you can overcome fear: 

  1. Acknowledge your fear 
  2. Identify your fear 
  3. Write down the consequences of giving in to your fear 
  4. Write down what you will gain from overcoming your fear 
  5. Use your past success experience as your reference 

Take baby steps

Have you ever observed a baby who was learning to walk? Did the baby ever worry about falling when he or she attempted to walk?

Babies are not afraid to walk, even though they have never done it before. They will fall, but they get back up and try again. They simply continue doing so until they master walking. It just never crosses their minds that falling is something they should be afraid of. That is why you never see a baby who refuses to walk after a few falls.