Fear is a part of life. Whether it’s because you are experiencing unexpected changes or facing unknown possibilities, it has the ability to cement your feet in place when you should really be moving forward. It’s perfectly normal to experience the feeling of fear, but the amount of control it has over your actions and mindset is up to you. In fact, how you deal with it could play a significant role in your success.
Humans are drawn to the idea of comfort. We naturally want to feel safe in our current circumstances, and we crave a sense of security. Unfortunately, life and business doesn’t always work like that. There will be times when you can not control what happens or you have to step into the unknown, and this requires dealing with fear in a healthy way. Maintaining the status quo may seem like a good idea, but your fear of taking the next step could be blinding you to the possibilities just ahead.
When you allow fear to determine your actions, it becomes a roadblock. It has the power to hold you in place and prevent you from making progress. In the moments you feel tempted to allow it to hold you back, you have the choice to channel it positively and let it propel you forward. Fear often precedes progress and growth — in fact, a period of progress can follow a period of doubt and insecurity — as long as you persevere through the uncertainty. Next time you feel fearful about what’s going to happen or the unknown, let it motivate you to take the next step, to grow or to try something new. Channeled the right way, fear can be a great tool.
You get to decide how fear will impact your life and career. Will you let it be a roadblock or will you harness it and let it push you forward?
By Meagan Kerlin for Vertu Marketing LLC