It’s normal to feel scared from time to time. Various fears or an overall sense of anxiety may keep you from moving forward with chasing your next career goal or pursing a dream. You may not even know what it is specifically that you are afraid of – you just know that something is holding you back. It’s important to face your fears, but first you have to name your fears if you ever want to overcome them.
Many people would say they are afraid to fail, but this may be an overgeneralization. Maybe you are afraid to fail, but your real fear may lie in a fear of letting yourself down or perhaps your family, friends or business mentor. You might think you’re afraid of losing money, but self-evaluation may prove that what you’re actually afraid of is having to ask for help.
When considering how you can overcome your fears, you have to dig deep. Ask yourself the hard questions that will get you to the root of what you fear. If you don’t know what you are actually afraid of, you’ll never be able to overcome it. Naming fears brings awareness to the problem, allowing you to be intentional about working through them. Practicing awareness is often the first step toward moving past whatever it is that’s holding you back.
After naming your fears, you will be aware of the times when you’re acting and reacting because of those deeply rooted fears. This awareness allows you to put in place specific practices that help you move past those fears. Practice and intention are keys to moving forward.
Operating out of a place of fear is no way to live your life. If you’ve allowed fear to have too much of a stronghold over your life, now is a great time to start figuring out what those fears really are and fighting to overcome them.
By Meagan Kerlin for Vertu Marketing LLC