Fear is something that can either help you become stronger or it can make you want to run and hide. Experiencing feelings of fear is a natural part of being human. You can either allow it to overcome you, live with it, or work to completely eradicate it. Eliminating fear and self-doubt takes work, but it’s a remarkably fulfilling and effective long-term solution. Otherwise, you’ll be coping with the barriers for the rest of your life.
In this post, when we talk about fear, we’re specifically referring to mindset: the fear of not being successful, failing, not fulfilling your dreams, not discovering what you’re passionate about, and so on. The list of possibilities is endless!
Yet the opposite end of the spectrum is living life fearlessly. Having the courage to live life on your terms, pursuing your passions, following your heart, stop being a victim of anxiety, etc.
Fear and self-doubt are some of the primary obstacles to living your dreams. What would you be able to do and achieve if you had more confidence in your abilities?
The level of success you achieve is influenced by the level of fearlessness you experience
Most people freeze when faced with fear and self-doubt. And oftentimes, unsuccessful or unfulfilled individuals find an excuse to ignore the problem by focusing on something else. Yet, if you want to maximize your success, both personal and professional, it’s important to find a way to overcome the obstacles that are holding you back.
The end goal may seem overwhelming. And, of course, it’s great to dream big about living your dream life in a fiercely fearless way, but it’s important to acknowledge all the small steps that you take along the way. This is where mindfulness can become an effective tool to leverage. Intentionally grounding yourself, can help you get excited about the journey you’re taking while achieving your dream(s), instead of focusing on the future, which can create further anxiety.
Use the following strategies to overcome fear and reap the success you deserve:
1. Be aware that fear is only as limiting as you permit it to be
Just because you experience fear, doesn’t mean you have to stop or hinder your journey. Fear doesn’t have to be limiting at all if you can become aware of it, transmute it, and take courageous action.
2. Overcoming fear is one of the most powerful actions you can take to be more successful
While self-doubt and fear don’t have to be limiting, most individuals do find that it hinders their capacity to be proactive and take action. Your ability to succeed, whatever that may look like to you, will reach new levels if you can free yourself of these confining beliefs.
3. Develop a keen sense of optimism
Optimism is the antithesis of self-doubt. A more optimistic outlook and mindset shift is one way to combat fear, plus optimism and positivity are useful in all parts of life.
4. Learn that others aren’t constantly judging you
By overcoming your fears, you’ll soon be able to realize that others aren’t as concerned with you as you might have originally thought. This can be extremely cathartic and diminish anxieties, thus creating a sense of peace in your life. You’ll find that once you overcome this fear of judgment, your courage and fearlessness will grow exponentially.
5. Accept yourself
Fear can stem from having inordinate expectations of yourself. Accepting yourself as you are and for where you are in your journey will help to soothe any feelings of fear and anxiety.
6. Focus on small wins
If you truly want to live a fulfilling and fearless life, then focusing on the progress you are making is a great way to limit feelings that might hinder or hold you back. It’s also a great approach to life because small wins are easy to acquire and sustain.
7. The effort is worthy of respect
Taking pride in the simple fact that you tried can bypass the feeling of fear. If you can shift your mindset regarding effort and understand that no matter what the outcome the fact that you tried is in itself good enough, you’ll be less concerned about occasionally failing.
Showing up is half the battle, and good effort eventually delivers the desired results. Yet, this process will help you detach from limiting and obstructing beliefs, and promote a sense of fearlessness toward any outcome.
8. Overcoming fear will give you the confidence that you can overcome any obstacles
Each personal win you experience gives you the confidence you need to tackle the next. Moreover, each battle won helps to rebuild your self-confidence, slowly chipping away at the self-doubt and anxiety. This enables you to live a fearless life, on your terms.
Imagine what the world would be like if we all felt empowered to chase our dreams and live our lives fearlessly. It’s possible!
What’s one of your goals or dreams? Take small steps that lead you in the right direction to achieving your life goals. You might need to take a course to acquire a new skill, attend networking events to meet people in the profession you aspire to be in, or maybe it’s something else altogether. Nevertheless, avoid letting your age or current situation stop you from living fearlessly, experiencing life to the fullest, and attempting new things. Whatever your aspirations may be, go for them.
Every time you try something new, no matter how insignificant it may seem, you take a step outside of your comfort zone and build courage.
When you look inwards and you’ll discover that you already possess courage. It’s simply a case of loving yourself and enjoying life with all its misadventures. Couple those outlooks with the tips mentioned above, and you’ll be equipped to tap into your hidden resources in a way you’ve never done before, ultimately enabling yourself to live without mental limitations and fear.