YOUR FEARS ARE THERE FOR A REASON, TO MAKE YOU THINK. ACKNOWLEDGE THEM, WORK THROUGH THEM, AND THEN KEEP MOVING FORWARD.
This week I want to talk about walking alongside our fears, embracing them, and holding ourselves to a higher standard of faith. As an entrepreneur and freelancer, I’ve ran into many situations where fear has wanted not just a seat in my journey, but to also drive the car. Fear was never meant to ruin us, or control us, fear was put in place to protect us, to make us think, to work through our own thoughts.
This week as I sat talking with clients and friends, I noticed that there were two underlining emotions that were holding them back, complacency and/or fear. I believe the first word to be worse than the second. However, in order to overcome complacency, we must first overcome our fears.
HOW CAN YOU LET FEAR PARTICIPATE WITHOUT TAKING OVER?
Sit down with yourself and began to address your fears, list them out, and acknowledging them for what they truly are, opportunities to strategize. Deconstructing our fears gives us the chance to realize we can overcome and be victorious over out anxieties and fears that probably will never happen. As I did this practice earlier in the week, I felt more confident that what I wanted to accomplish could actually be tangible, even more so now that I had the opportunity to see what mindsets were setting me back and why. Getting the chance to ask myself this brilliant question that my dear friend and client Brooke Schultz often poses, “What’s the worst that can happen?”
ALLOW FEAR TO GIVE YOU HELP ON WHAT YOU NEED TO PLAN FOR, AND THEN PUT THE WORK IN.
Fear can be beneficial when we use them as guardrails for what we don’t want to have happen, whether that’s a financial failure, a poor client experience, not reaching the level of consistency we were hoping to attain, making poor investment choices, being embarrassed, etc. Whatever it is that you fear, put yourself in the best space possible to break them down, ask yourself how you would approach that worst-case scenario, what actions you could take to prevent that fear, and then how would you go about bouncing back from that experience. I noticed that when I dove head first into this exercise I was surprised that my fears were not just completely manageable but impossible to happen if I were to take the steps that I outlined while deconstructing my fears. So do you think you’re up for it? Are you ready to finally give total faith the driver’s seat in the journey of your life?
“As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” — Marianne Williamson