Recently, a colleague asked me how I faced my fears when I started my life coaches association and I really had to stop and think about it. I asked her what kind of fears was she thinking of. She replied, “fear of no one signing up (rejection), fear of making a mistake, fear of looking stupid, and fear of not appearing professional.
I had to admit that I had all of those thoughts but I knew what I wanted to do and I just forged ahead with it. “Feel the fear and do it anyway” was my motto.
So let me ask you…what are you afraid of? What fears are preventing you from moving forward with your dreams, or doing your great work? If you can identify them, you are on your way to overcoming them. Then think about the following:
Was Donald Trump afraid of looking stupid when he went bankrupt the first time?
Was Princess Diana afraid of making a mistake when she divorced Prince Charles?
Was Abe Lincoln afraid of looking amateurish as President when he refused to allow the southern states to secede from the union?
Was Gandhi afraid of looking stupid when he went on a hunger strike?
Was Mark Zuckerberg afraid no one would sign up when he started Facebook?
I’m sure you can think of more examples and the answer to all of these questions is no. All of these people did what they knew they had to do regardless of the consequences. They believed in themselves and they believed in their dream. And this is what you need to do in order to overcome your fears. When you look at it that way it isn’t so hard.
Believing in yourself and believing in your dreams should be easy. Instead of focusing on fear, focus on your passions, goals, and desires. It’s just a matter of shifting your attention, which is the great Law of Attraction technique. Attracting what you want is based on what you have your attention on. It’s not that hard to shift your attention, is it?
Of course not! This is how you overcome your fears. Identify them, face them openly, acknowledging them, and then shift your attention to what you need to do and take inspired action.
Remember that all successful people had many failures before they became successful. That’s because they took action that they felt compelled to take in spite of their fears and misgivings. When they failed, they used it as a learning curve, or stepping stone to the success they desired. Don’t be intimidated by successful people, be inspired by them. Face your fears and get on with your great work.
The world will not be complete unless you share the gifts you came here with, and act on your hunches and gut feelings as to what you came here to do. Listen to your inner guidance and follow your dream into your own reality. When you believe in yourself, you can trust the Universe to work everything out for you.
What fears have you overcome? Please share your experience in the comments below.
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