Action Steps to overcoming FEAR
"Let your dreams be bigger than your fears, your actions louder than your words, and your faith stronger than your feelings." – Unknown
Is there a fear that you wish you could overcome? Something perhaps that you wish you could conquer? Maybe its something that is holding you back? Here are some tips to identify what is holding you back and the steps you will need to take action.
1. THE START
The thing creates most of our hesitation with starting something new, or conquering a fear is that we are to focused on the results and feel completely incapable of seeing or visualizing how we can possibly get there. Stop thinking about the result, focus on your determination and the level of commitment you are willing to make to achieve this feat. If you had to say what the first step would be… what would you say it is? This will allow you to pull back and look at the bigger vision of what you are trying to conquer.
2. ONE STEP AT A TIME
Each small step counts. Sometimes when we try to overcome something we are discouraged by a mind that says our efforts are ‘too small’ and there’s no possible way they could mean anything or make an impact. That is simply not true. Every step is like following a line in a recipe, each step made over and over and over again begins to build more and more confidence. What step can you do TODAY that will begin to build momentum?
3. FEELINGS Are NOT FACT
A huge obstacle for me was thinking that the presence of physical fear symptoms meant I couldn’t take action. You can be terrified, with a quick pulse or shaky hands or shallow breaths, and still take action. The steps you take have more value than fear, what you DO is what matters most.
There is this magically wonderful high that occurs after you’ve taken action that you were afraid to take. I’m not sure how many of you have experienced it, but talking to other people who have done things that terrified them, I found that I’m not alone in noticing this. Use that high to your advantage. Make it an incentive that leads you, especially in moments when you are doubtful, that you can handle the fear of taking another step. After my first lesson, I wrote down how I felt (“excited, proud, happy”) and I referred to it again before my next couple of lessons when I forgot how good I felt and needed a reminder to help tone down my fear. What action step have you taken in the past that you are proud of?
5. BUILD CONFIDENCE
Being able to take steps towards overcoming fear can build confidence. Being able to learn new things about yourself and your patterns is away more effective when you are taking steps towards achieving your goals. Having confidences offers an abundance of opportunities for growth that go beyond just overcoming a fear you may have. It’s in the action that we test our beliefs about life and our ideals. It’s only in our action where we can grow confident in taking agency over who we are and what we stand for. It’s in the action that we find out what mistakes are vital and how much stronger we are by learning from them as we go. Here’s a writing exercise to build the bridge needed to overcome Fear… Questions for overcoming
FEAR: Is there a fear that you wish you could overcome? Do you believe its possible to overcome this fear? What is the very FIRST STEP you need to take? What step can you do TODAY that will begin to build momentum? What action step have you taken in the past that you are proud of? What will you do TOMORROW to continue your Actions? Today I am most confident in the fact that I…. (fill in the blank) for more information: www.radicallyloved.com