We all have moments where we feel fear. It’s a normal human emotion that we can’t avoid, but it doesn’t mean that you’re doomed to be afraid forever. When you are afraid of something, there are many tactics you can use to get past your fears and achieve brave action — even if it’s just getting out of bed in the morning.
When you are afraid, what you want most is to be safe
Fear is a primitive response to danger or failure, but it can be a good thing!
It’s our body’s way of telling us that we need to take action immediately in order to survive. Fear can motivate us to flee from danger, prepare for an attack, or fight back.
Fear also has a negative side: it can distract and drain energy from your efforts at overcoming your fears and taking advantage of opportunities in life. This can happen when you get stuck worrying about what could go wrong instead of focusing on how things could go right.
Evaluate the risks and make a plan
It’s important to realize that, while planning is essential in overcoming fear, it’s not the only thing you need. You also need an actual strategy—a way of getting past the fear and into action.
Once you’ve evaluated the risks and made a plan, then it’s time for action!
But here’s where many people get stuck: If they have a plan, they assume that means everything will work out perfectly as long as they stick to that plan. This may be true sometimes, but often we cannot predict what will happen in life. Sometimes our plans don’t go exactly as expected—this is why having back up plans can be so helpful!
Use your fear to motivate you
If you’re like most people, your first reaction to the thought of being afraid is probably something along the lines of “I don’t want to be afraid; I just want to feel good! I don’t want anything bad to happen. What if I fail? What if it hurts?”
And yes, there are times when fear can get in our way and make us feel bad about ourselves. But fear also has its place in our lives—not just because we sometimes use it as an excuse for inaction or giving up when things get tough. Here are some reasons why:
Fear makes us take action
Fear is a motivator. It’s one of the most powerful forces in our lives that can be used to help you achieve your goals. Fear can make us take action: it can motivate us to start that business we always wanted, go back to school and get that degree we never finished, finally do that boudoir shoot you’ve been thinking about, or learn how to play guitar because we want to rock out on stage.
Fear also makes us do things we wouldn’t normally do: eat weird foods despite being lactose-intolerant, hike up mountains at night in stormy weather, and try sushi for the first time.
In addition, fear can make us take risks: quitting our safe job for something more exciting or risky; going into debt for a chance at hitting it big, or leaving an unhealthy relationship in order to save ourselves from heartache and pain down the road.
The cycle of fear and excitement can create motivation
Fear is a powerful motivator. It can keep you up at night and give you the drive to run a marathon. But fear isn’t always positive or negative—it’s all about how you approach it.
The more experience you have, the less fear you will have. This is because having experience increases your confidence and ability to be prepared. If you are aware of what can happen and how to deal with it, then when something does happen, you will be better able to handle it.
Experience also helps us adapt to new and unexpected situations. The more we face challenges in our lives, the easier it becomes for us to keep calm in stressful situations later on.
Gaining wisdom through life experiences over time helps us realize that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with feeling afraid every once in a while (because everyone does). As long as we don’t let those fears take control over our lives by letting them consume all our thoughts 24/7. There should never be any reason why any one person shouldn’t feel confident enough when facing their next big challenge!
Do what scares you
The fear of failure is often worse than failing.
The fear of succeeding is often worse than succeeding.
The fear of being afraid is often worse than being afraid.
The fear of being afraid is often worse than the fear itself.
You can use your fears to motivate yourself past those fears, and into brave action
This fear mindset can be used to your advantage. It can motivate you to succeed and to improve yourself in any way that is important to you.
It can also motivate you to learn something new or try something scary. You might be afraid of failure, but the thought of trying something new is also exciting!
The next time you feel afraid, ask yourself: “What am I afraid of?”
We should all be more open about our fears and failures. The most significant barrier to success is our own fear of failure, not the actual failure itself. When you think about it, most of us have had at least one experience where we failed at something but learned from it.
And if we can learn from those experiences when they happen naturally in life, then why not seek out opportunities to fail intentionally so that they serve some purpose?
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