1. Identify Your Fear to Get Beyond It
What do you hide from? Where do you hold back? There’s a hidden fear beneath your reasons. Many people have powerful messages to share, but are afraid to write or speak about them. You need to figure out what those fears are.
2. Risk Being Uncomfortable.
None of us likes to look foolish. Sometimes, if we are in a comfortable rut in our lives, it’s easy to be too concerned with appearances. You end up paralyzed or you maintain the status quo, thinking that you’re doing really well holding your own. You’re not losing ground, so you must be growing, right? Wrong. True personal growth only happens when you move forward, and that only happens when you have strength and courage and face your fears.
3. See the Big Picture
Think of your past successes. Pinpoint your strengths that have helped you get where you are today. Acknowledge it all! Chances are that you’ll succeed again and again. Focus on what goes right and what you get right. Get into the feeling of success and believe it in every cell of your body. Set your soul on fire.
4. Practice on Small Things.
If you have a really big situation you’re facing, practice on smaller uncomfortable things and then apply that success to boost your confidence to take on the big thing.
5. Ask For Support
Some people never leave their comfort zone in order to really live an amazing life for the simple reason that they won’t ask for help. They feel unworthy, won’t admit they need it, have a desire for control or are stuck in perfectionism. Therefore, they struggle alone.
It’s a sad way to live.
I think the brilliant Robert Fulghum, author of All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, had it right, “When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.”
Don’t fear asking for help, and be generous in giving it, as well. Let’s stick together.
6. Surround Yourself With Compassionate People.
When worry washes over you, invite caring people into your life. It may feel risky, but it’s necessary. A compassionate family member, friend, coach or therapist provides the support and perspective you need to persevere during difficult times. Sometimes, just having someone listen to you helps immeasurably.
Some fears we outgrow or learn to overcome. Others might stay with us for life. But if you live by these 6 points, you’ll be able to start cultivating the courage you need to live a full and meaningful life alongside your fear.