You’ve probably heard the phrase: ‘He who dares wins’ and maybe you think it’s about having the courage to take on the most awe-inspiring feats. Like climbing Mount Everest or jumping out of an aeroplane. Those things sound pretty amazing but they’re not what I mean.
I’m talking about the fears you live with every day, the ones that have you living a pretty limited life. To others they may seem inconsequential, yet for you they remain huge obstacles. Obstacles that hold you back from doing the things you most want to do.
Maybe it’s become a habit to avoid certain things. You’ve learned to adapt so well that you’ve been settling for less without even realising it. Yet the amazing thing is you can decide to do something about it today. Only you have the power to change it.
The many faces of fear
What are you afraid of?
Is it speaking up in those meetings with senior managers or are you afraid to ask for what you really want in your relationship? Do you feel pathetic admitting that you avoid practising your foreign language for fear of sounding stupid or perhaps it’s going on that solo trip you keep talking yourself out of.
Whatever it is, forget about waiting for someone or something to make it happen for you. Don’t worry about what others will think or say. Stop waiting for the fear to go away, find the courage to act and here’s how:
- Find something that truly matters to you. Have a clear picture of what it is and let that desire permeate your mind and body.
- Now commit to making it happen, tell yourself it’s something you NEED to do.
- Identify the smallest step you can take to move towards it and decide to do it.
- Feel the fear and take action anyway but hopefully the fear is reduced because you’re taking the tiniest step imaginable.
- Let your confidence grow as you make this small win. Savour your success.
- Recommit to the next step and just keep going.
Remember this, on the other side of fear is the life of your dreams. As much as failure is a possibility, so too is success. 🙂
He who dares wins.
Now over to you.
What is one thing you’ve wanted to do but have been afraid to try?
Can you commit to making it happen and take that first small step today?
Let me know in the comments.