I was driving along the other day when I spotted a car broke down on the side of the road. As I passed I began to feel a bit guilty and full of shame. I began thinking, trying to understand why, if I felt so bad about it, didn’t I stop to help them. After pondering this for a while it occurred to me, the reason I didn’t stop was FEAR. Fear of the unknown, fear of what could’ve happened, fear of the uncertain. I allowed my fear to control me-to stop me from doing what I know is the right thing, helping someone in need.
As I thought about this further I realized the same can be applied to being successful. The fear of taking a risk, fear of failure, the fear of the unknown and uncertainty prevents us from trying again or ever even trying at all. When we let fear in, we open up for it to fully embrace us taking over our thoughts and our actions, preventing us from being all we can be. You need to stand tall believe that you can do anything and do it!
I’ve compiled a few helpful tips on how to overcome fear:
Visualize your Goals – Imagine that your life is all you’ve ever dreamed of. Put yourself behind the wheel of that brand new Ferrari you’ve been dreaming about. It helps to have pictures of specific goals around you when you work to remind why you must keep moving forward.
Positive Thinking – Always remain positive. When negative thoughts enter your mind, immediately replace with a positive one. Example: If it’s not going the way you planned and you feel that you CAN”T do it. Replace that thought with, I KNOW I can do it. Avoid the pitfall words like can’t or won’t. You can do anything you set your mind too.
Use Selective Hearing – Sometimes the people around you will not have the same positive attitude that you do but that’s okay. Let them talk and say whatever they want, you can CHOOSE not to listen. It’s kind of the same concept as when you were a kid and only heard what you wanted to hear.
Surround yourself with Positive People – A positive attitude can be very contagious. If you are out there networking with people like yourself, who are already successful or just beginning, you will find the experience to be invigorating. In no time you will be eating, sleeping and living with positive thoughts. So join some forums, social networks,chat rooms and start having some good positive fun.
Don’t let fear get the best of you, overcome it and live your dream. And always keep moving forward. Best of Luck on your Journey to Success!