Ways to Kick Your Fears

Michael John Bobak You accomplished the task of pinpointing your goals for April, and mapped out a game plan for achieving success. But putting your plan into action is the tough part. Don’t get paralyzed by the fear of the unknown. It’s time to your plan into action. Here are a few tips to help you kick fear to the curb!

Write down your fears

The first step with goal setting was to write down your fears. This exercise proves fruitful for addressing your fears as well. When you write things down, they take on a new life. In this case, writing down your fears makes them a little less threatening. Your fears become smaller, and easier to attack. Write down SPECIFIC fears that you want to dominate and get rid of for good.

Put thought into WHY those fears exist

We all have fears. But if we never address them, they will never go away. You have to go back to the root of the problem, and figure out WHY those fears exist. Perhaps your fear is a fear of public speaking. Where exactly did that particular fear come from? Maybe it stemmed from something that occurred early on in your professional career. Or perhaps even from childhood. Getting down to the root of the problem may help you realize the unlikely possibility of that debilitating incident occurring again. If the incident is no longer likely to occur, then most likely you don’t have anything to be worried about.  Pinpointing the source of the problem just may eliminate the fear altogether.

Make a Game Plan

Combating your fears is much like attacking your goals. Mapping out a strategy for eliminating your fears can help you overcome your fears quicker than you realize.  Sometimes our attempts at achieving certain goals or getting rid of certain fears are less fruitful because we need to approach them in a certain order. You wouldn’t attempt to run a marathon before you healed your broken ankle would you? You need a timeline that lays out the proper steps in proper order before you take things to the next level.

Share Your Fear

Regardless of whether your fear applies to your personal or professional life, sharing your fear with someone gives you a support system to get to the next level. If your fear is more personal in nature, sharing with a friend who can offer encouragement can be a huge stepping stone for you. If your fear has more to do with your professional life, then perhaps getting a mentor or a coach is the answer to your problem. A great mentor or coach can pinpoint the areas where you need help, and assist you in getting stronger in those areas where you need help.

 

The answer to eliminating certain fears may be right underneath your nose. As you move through this journey of setting your goals and conquering your fears, don’t forget to celebrate the small victories that you achieve along the way. You will be surprised at how conquering small things can help you diminish your larger fears.

What fear do you have that is holding you back? What steps do you think you take to get rid of that fear for good?