I’ll be one of the first to admit that there’ll be times in your life when just thinking positive won’t be able to move you past your anxieties and fears. At such times, just simply laboring along is the thing you’ve got to do.
Joyce Meyer the Evangelical speaker once said “If you’re afraid to do it, just DO IT AFRAID.” That’s a powerful philosophy and course of action because nobody is going to blame you for being fearful. On the other hand, you most likely will be blamed for letting fear immobilize you.
So no matter what it’s going to take, you should keep on moving.
The Truth About Fear
Fear is similar to a quagmire because it slurps at your feet, and if you remain still long enough, it starts to suck you down. It may seem and indeed be hard to get out of, however it is possible. If you happen to get “stuck in fear” as you shoot for your personal or professional success, there are a number of things you can do to get up and keep moving.
Here are four some of them:
1 Consider the Source
Ask yourself the question “Where did the fear come from in the first place? “ Have you been focusing (more) on the challenges and difficulties instead of the opportunities? Have you been giving attention to people who are pessimists and cynics instead of coaching yourself with positive words and positive people? If your honest answer to these questions is “Yes” then realize that it’s now time for you to move on. The best thing you can do for yourself is to move away from situations and also people that drag you down.
2 Review Your Checklist to Identify What You Have Achieved
Take a look at your list of goals and the baby steps you’ve been taking in order to get there. Then on a different and separate sheet of paper (you can also use a separate document on your computer), start to list all the things that you actually have achieved and accomplished. This is going to start to enable you to move forward and leave fear behind you.
3 Take an Inventory of Your Skills and Talents
From my own personal experience of dealing with and overcoming fear one thing I noted is that fear often tries to convince us to accept that we “…don’t have what it takes to [fill-in-the-blank].” You’re now showing fear that it’s a liar. You’re exposing fear for what it really is.
List your skills and as many of your positive attributes as you can think of. Then take another look at whatever the problem seems to be with a new appreciation for the abilities and talents the Creator gave you.
4 Never Underestimate the Power of Prayer
Irrespective of your spiritual views, there’s an incredible power that comes from releasing whatever fear you may have to a Creator who loves you and is looking out for you. Rather than bottling your fear up inside. Just let it go. You’ve got nothing to lose and a lot to gain. Plus, you don’t need it anyway!
Finally, I’d like you to remember this acronym whenever you feel you’re facing fear in any situation:
False Evidence Appearing Real
This is what fear actually is. It’s just an unrealistic (albeit often appearing powerful) and false look at something, and then attempting to make you believe it (appearing to be real).
As soon as you know these things, you’re able to move past your fear and on to the next step you need in order to be successful personally and professionally.