Fear paralyzes us. I’d even go so far as to say it tells us lies. How? By making us create stories in our minds with the worst possible outcomes. You know what it’s like to be worried about something. Do you sit there thinking about all the wonderful ways things could work out? Probably not, thanks to fear. If you have something that fear is preventing you from doing, it’s time to take charge of your life. Easier said than done? Not with my tips! Let’s start moving through the fear!
- Identify tiny steps. What is something small you could do to start to overcome your fear? Break needed actions into baby steps and pick the first one to complete. No matter how small, there is power in taking action toward conquering your fear of moving forward.
- Don’t dwell on it. Keep yourself busy and not focusing on the negative. Negative thoughts breed even more fear and do nothing to help you move yourself forward. Find other positive things in your life to focus on.
- Use your imagination. Okay. Let’s be negative for a moment. I know I just told you not to be, but bear with me. What is the absolute worst thing that could happen to you if you took action and faced your fear? Play out several negative scenarios in your mind. What would happen if the worst came true? Now, think of three positive scenarios that could happen. Use the power of visualization to focus on positive outcomes and observe how your outlook changes.
- Share your fear. Fear and worries multiply when you keep them to yourself. I know how we often obsess over the negative when we have time alone with our thoughts. Share your worries instead. Talking about them and brainstorming ways to overcome is incredibly therapeutic. Actually speaking them out loud can help them diminish in many cases.
- Reminisce. Think back about a time in your past when you overcame a fear. Perhaps you spoke successfully in front of a crowd or accomplished something at work you never thought you could. How did that feel on the other side once you’d conquered that fear? Dwell on that feeling and possibility for a bit, and revisit it daily to help you feel more confident.
- Put it aside. Give yourself permission to take no action toward conquering your fear. Relax and release your anxiety as needed. Sometimes it’s just too much to focus on overcoming and moving forward. There are other things in your life you can focus on and make progress toward, so take a break if you need it.
- Try meditation and affirmations. I highly believe in the power of meditation to bring clarity and peace into our lives, and affirmations are incredible for changing our beliefs. Incorporate these two tools into your life for incredible, positive changes.
- Tap into your faith. Our personal beliefs and spirituality can be very powerful in helping us take steps to overcoming our fears. Pray, sit in silence, attend church services or bible study — whatever brings you peace — and welcome changes into your life.
For support in overcoming your fears, contact me. Conquering fears and moving forward is part of a life of wellness, and together we can achieve it.
A nurse for more than 25 years, Karen David is a Certified Wellness Coach and Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist. She brings her passion for well living and calm presence to empower others in health and wellness. Karen is CEO of Live Life Well, LLC.
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