I have a few friends that are all facing challenges today. Although the challenges are quite different, they all seem to share the same big, ugly obstacle….FEAR! Yes, it’s yet another bad four-letter word, and it can suck the enthusiasm right out of you. Or worse yet, it can completely paralyze you (say goodbye to any forward momentum!)
Why do we allow fear to get the best of us, and how can we beat it down and get past it?
Here are a few thoughts that may be helpful:
- Determine what it is –exactly – that you’re afraid of. Can you substantiate it? Do others recognize this in you, or are you conjuring and or elevating this fear in your mind?
- Consider – what’s the BEST thing that could happen if I overcome this fear? Weigh it out against – what’s the worst thing that could happen if I continue to let this fear stop me? Choose the better of the two situations and know that you made the right choice!!
- Integrate your faith and beliefs. Not that your beliefs have to exactly match mine or anyone else’s, but at the end of the day, it’s extraordinarily helpful to believe in something bigger and better than ourselves. Faith can be a very powerful thing!! As stated in Matthew 17:20 – He replied, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
- Use your talents, strengths and accomplishments to overcome your fear. End each day by journaling about your accomplishments. Include anything you did that day that could be considered a success or a step in that direction. Include other people’s comments and compliments. Make the list as complete as possible and then CONGRATULATE yourself. Drift off to sleep with your sense of accomplishment and gratefulness. Your sleep will be more peaceful and your dreams more pleasant!!
What are some strategies that you have employed to get past your fears? How has standing up to your fears and facing them helped you with subsequent problems? What advice can you give to others that can encourage them to get past their stumbling blocks and obstacles? I’d love to hear your thoughts on how to overcome!!
Erin Schreyer is Owner/Managing Partner of Sagestone Partners, LLC. She is passionate about building into people and companies to help them achieve their greatest potential. Erin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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