Overcoming Your Fear

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‘The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
Nelson Mandela

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Fear and self doubt plague all of us. To the degree you can overcome your insecurities, you will experience freedom to be yourself and reach your full potential. The most important thing to understand is that everyone experiences these scary emotions to some degree, regardless of how confident and self-assured people may seem.

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Embrace fear. For me, fear has become the indicator of the things I actually need to and must do. Do what you are scared to do and watch your confidence grow. I am not suggesting you need to take physical risks, but that you should make the call you are most scared of. Regardless of the results, you will walk away inspired that you did it rather than thinking less of yourself for not taking action.

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With a strategy of continuous small steps into uncomfortable territory we are often able to sidestep the biggest barrier to positive change: Fear. Sometimes we are afraid we will fail. Sometimes we are subconsciously afraid we will succeed and then we would have to deal with all the disruption (growth) and change that follows success. And other times it is our fear of rejection or simply our fear of looking like a fool.

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Go beyond your comfort zone. And remember very successful people do not seek comfort; they seek success and are willing to do what is most uncomfortable. But most of the world is seeking comfort and familiarity, which are traps that cause you to settle for the mediocre. If you want to take your life to next level, you need to be prepared to stretch yourself

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The best way to defeat fear is to stare it down. Connect to your fear, feel it in your body, realise it and steadily address it. Greet it by name if you have to: “Welcome, fear.” Fear can be a guiding friend if you learn how to swallow it, and listen to it only when it serves its true purpose of warning you when you are in danger.

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There is only one way to grow from fear: You have to step into it. Face it. Attempting to avoid fear is like trying to walk through the rain without getting wet. It is impossible. And remember very successful people do not seek comfort; they seek success and are willing to do what is most uncomfortable. But most of the world is seeking comfort and familiarity, which are traps that cause you to settle for the mediocre.

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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. Begin to face your fears today.

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“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
Eleanor Roosevelt


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