Is fear stopping you from taking action?
Are you always afraid of speaking in public? Say no to unreasonable demands of your boss/colleague/spouse?
In most cases, fear stops us from chasing your dreams and living up to our fullest potential. Fear and doubt are the two greatest killers of dreams.
Most of the fear is baseless. Just go back to a time when you were a kid, were you afraid of boarding a bus. Intimidated by the big rumbling bus, a kid cries and takes shelter in the arms of his/her parents. As the task of boarding the bus is done again and again, the fear is lost and it becomes routine. Similarly most of the fear in our lives is baseless and self created while the reality is much different.
I am not talking about feeling afraid when standing in front of a moving car. No way. You’ll get yourself killed. But is it reasonable when you are afraid to take the most important decisions in your life regarding your life and career. Is it worthwhile to get paralysed with fear and not taking any concrete action? No its not.
Fear is a powerful indicator that indicates you must prepare for the coming events in your life. Fear says “prepare”. If you just associate your fear as something for which you need to prepare, it will dissolve.
Let us talk into some of the methods to overcome fear :
1. Attention :
Paying attention to the fear is one of the best ways to dissolve it. Be still. watch how it affects your body, breathing, sensations, acknowledge it. This will dissolve the fear. Practicing meditation helps in dissolving the fear also.
2. Reasons :
How badly do you want to do the thing? People do incredibly dangerous things like adventure sports and stuff just to experience the joy of doing something even while feeling fearful. If you badly want to succeed in any venture, activity or relationship you will take actions that make you shiver. Decide what is the thing you want badly enough, ask the right questions and have enough reasons to put you across.
3. Knowledge :
Lack of knowledge is often a big obstacle in getting over fear. Prepare, prepare and prepare. You cannot overprepare.
If you have this great idea but are afraid. Afraid of the amount of learning you have to do. Afraid of being condemned or being labeled as a lunatic by your social circle.
Relax. Give your idea a serious thought. Ask yourself what are the reasons that you want to do this. Ask for help from your friends who are helpful. Talk to experts in the particular field. They are very happy to help people out who are in the same field. In a very short time, having the right knowledge and armed with the right tools you will be on track.
While starting this blog, I spent sometime reading about how to start a blog and how to write. In a short time, I had enough knowledge to get going. There are thousands of books and resources about any field available to you in the present information age.
4. Starting Small :
The greatest trick to overcoming fear of doing is “doing”. Start extremely small. Works always. As you go on you will start getting feedback maybe encouraging or discouraging. But just start. The journey will teach you on the way. In this way you can build momentum that will lead to further miracles.
I was freezed with the prospect of starting this blog and putting myself in front of everybody. Yet taking baby steps each day, I succeeded in starting this platform, Khojy.
5. Fear is Natural :
Yeah right. Its there in everybody. Everybody is afraid of something. If you are not afraid you will not succeed. Its that simple.
Its about constantly stretching your limits, getting out of the comfort zone that builds strength. Being courageous is not action without fear but action with the fear being there.
Overcome fear, be brave, stand up and change the world. See you all winning over fear. Just remember, you are awesome.
Please comment your thoughtful insights.
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