Facing Your Fears For Achieving Your Goals

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You might not realize it, yet deep down everyone is afraid.

The big difference between you and all those people you can see who are successful is that they confronted their fears. They worked through their issues to get ahead or went ahead in spite of them.

Forward Steps Personal Development Collection ImageWhen you don’t face your fears, you’re likely to miss out on a lot in life.

Someone once said that one of the saddest ways to sum up life is with could have, might have and should have. Don’t let that happen to you.

You have a choice between controlling or being controlled by your fears.

Here are a few tips to overcome your fears for achieving your goals.

Baby steps

No matter what your fears are, from public speaking to mountain climbing, you don’t have to do it all in one go. Work out what you want to achieve and take baby steps.

Each small success will increase your confidence and shrink down that fear.

Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold. -Helen Keller Share on X

You don’t have to do it alone

No one said that you had to hide your fear or overcome it all by yourself.

Facing Your Fears - Forward Steps image_1Build up a support network of family, friends and colleagues who’ll have your back and cheer you on.

Get professional advice from a coach or mentor or buddy up with a friendly colleague.

If you have anxiety issues that seem overwhelming, get professional help. Be kind to yourself and get whatever support you need.

Accentuate the positive

A positive mindset will go a long way to help dispel fears and worries. A negativity spiral makes things worse, increasing your paralysis and helplessness.

Look around you and actively identify what’s going right in your life. Change your mindset and expectations to focus on abundance and success.

Half the battle is learning to accept that you deserve success, you deserve to win. You can focus your energy on getting there.

I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear. -Rosa Parks Share on X

Take control of the story

Rewriting your narrative can knock your fears on the head once and for all. If you see yourself as a competent, successful person, those niggles of self-doubt, that negative self-talk won’t be able to get a toe-hold.

Facing Your Fears - Forward Steps image_3Take control of your story, decide to be brave, confident and successful. Write down all the negative things that go round and round in your head. Make a list and for every bad thing, write a positive one.

Bat down the self-doubt by setting down your skills, your strengths, your good points. You’ll soon see they outnumber the weaknesses and you’ll be back in control of your own success story.

Breathe intentionally through the day

Anxious people are shallow breathers. Tensions feel that much worse when our brain is not well oxygenated, as well as contributing to muscle tension.

Use this 4-7-8 relaxing breath technique at various times throughout the day.

The brave person is not the one who does not feel afraid, but the one who conquers that fear. -Nelson Mandela Share on X

Improve sleep habits

Ending the night with a scary movie and getting your mind to process that during your sleep hours, is not a great idea. Right?

Take a look at what you do to prepare for sleep of an evening.

Here are a few tips about healing your body as you sleep which will get you on track.

Where could you make changes so that you wake and begin your days in a rested and calmer state.

Do one thing every day that scares you. -Eleanor Roosevelt Share on X

Teach your body

Read the work of Dr. Herbert Benson about our body’s relaxation response.

Facing Your Fears - Forward Steps pdf ebookTeach your body to release chemicals and brain signals that make your muscles and organs slow down and increase blood flow to the brain.

One of the best ways to do that is by meditation each morning.

Here is a free meditation timer tool that you might find useful too.

With regular meditation you can enjoy lower stress levels, increased wellbeing and reduced blood pressure levels and resting heart rate.

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“Getting over a fear is an active process that requires learning and retraining the brain. Essentially, you are training higher-level brain areas to overcome signals from areas like the amygdala so that you can put threats into a more realistic context.” –(ad) Kerry Ressler

One of the greatest discoveries a person makes, one of their great surprises, is to find they can do what they were afraid they couldn’t do. -Henry Ford Share on X

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Hi, I'm Thea Westra at Forward Steps (forwardstepsblog.com)

Hi, I'm Thea Westra at Forward Steps (forwardstepsblog.com)

Since March 2003, I've been sharing practical, positive, thought provoking and inspiring self improvement content online. My aim is simple - to offer tips and resources that help us enhance our daily experience of life and to keep stepping forward. Perth, Western Australia is the place I call home and I'm the author of "Time For My Life: 365 Stepping Stones". You might also know me from the Forward Steps personal development blog and the daily series of "365 Forward Steps Notes", all designed to add wings to our unique life journeys.

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Facing Your Fears For Achieving Your Goals