Thursday, September 21, 2006

Five Keys to Pushing Past Fear

While most people are dearly looking for that recipe to eliminate fear from their lives, fear is actually a good thing – it’s a necessary component of the growth and development process. How, then, can you better manage your fears?

Key #1: Remember that you’ve successfully faced your fears in the past.
Sure, there have been times when fear has undermined your success, but there have also been times when it has not. Don’t forget that you’ve already proven you know how.

Key #2: Keep your eyes ON the goal.
Hannah Moore said, “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.” All around you are people who’ve been able to face their fears and get the job done because they refused to be distracted or lose focus. Yes, they felt fear, but they subordinated it to a larger goal.

Key #3: Collaborate when possible.
It’s easier to be more courageous in a group setting. And additional hands are helpful, as well. So if you’re feeling afraid, go ask someone to help you with what needs to be done or to just be there for you.

Key #4: Create even MORE fear to make the current fear seem more manageable.
It may sound silly, but ever notice that a new fear makes older ones pale by comparison? Put this to your advantage by seeking situations that put your once larger fears into perspective. It really does work!

Key #5: Purposefully stretch your Comfort Zone.
If you’re not failing at least some of the time, you’re probably not learning or growing much. Make it a priority to grow your Comfort Zone so you can become more capable at what you do. Start by doing something new and challenging today.

What are some of the ways that you better manage your fears?

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