Last week my life coach told me that entrepreneurs fail a lot of times in their lives before they succeed. I am not sure that I am a fan of fail a lot of times to reach success but then again who is?
Last week I was faced with the dilemma that most entrepreneurs face – use your savings to continue funding the project and risk the downside again or use your savings and this may be the time that you get it right.
I decided to risk it but it took me a few days to make the decision and the fear when making this decision was overwhelming. It’s so tempting to choose security or comfort over risk.
At some point we’re all faced with a fear that paralyses us and stops and stops us from taking any action towards making our dreams a reality.
How can you overcome your most paralyzing fear?
1. Stand your ground
We learn at a young age that it’s futile to run from the school bully, the best way to defeat him is to face him head on. It’s the same with our fears – we have to stand firm and face them.
When you walk in your fear and anxiety, live it and try to understand it, it loses its power over you and you become stronger from it.
If you allow fear to overpower you, then you run the risk of being paralysed by inaction and never getting started on any project.
Captain Jack Sparrow in “Pirates of the Caribbean” says that the problem is not the problem but your attitude about the problem.”
In the same way with whatever’s responsible for your fear – that’s not the problem. The problem is your attitude about that thing and the attitude about your fear.
You can change this attitude by questioning your thoughts. Start by writing all your fears and beliefs down and just ask yourself if these fears are true (not subjectively true but objectively true).
Meditation helps us release resistance, which is caused by fear.
4. Take action
Mark Twain once said, “Courage is not the absence of fear. It is acting in spite of it.”
Fear is a normal part of our daily existence because that’s just how we are hardwired as human beings.
And the only way to overcome that fear and show your subconscious mind that there’s nothing to fear is to take action even when you’re scared and shaking in your boots.
5. Ask for help
I’m one of those people that will be dealing with the craziest life situation on the brink of homelessness and instead of asking people for help, I’ll tell them I’m fine.
I’ve learned when to ask for help and reach out to people. You’ll be shocked how many people will help you when you ask for it.
Fear is part of life, but the difference between those with courage and those without is what they do with their fear.
How do you overcome fear?
Who would you be if you were fearless?
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