These last few days, I have been spending much time with some of the greats in my business at the NSA Convention. I feel overwhelmed with all this newfound knowledge that not only will improve my business, but my personal life as well.
In one session, we discussed why we should confront our fears. If we are to grow and be successful, we must be willing to face that which is standing in our way. But what do most of us do when confronted with change or something that is not comfortable? We usually back away.
The fear that I am talking about are those challenges that stand in the way of personal and professional growth. We have all been afraid when faced with a new challenge. I’m sure you have been ‘paralyzed’ by fear at one time or another in your life. I know I have.
What frightens one person to death might have little or no impact on someone else. It might be changing jobs or speaking in public. The vast majority of people are terrified about speaking in front of an audience.
A major factor in not confronting your fears could be fear of failure. Many of us won’t try something new if we feel it won’t work out. However, there is a price to pay. Your self-esteem is lowered because you feel powerless and frustrated. If you don’t step out of your comfort zone, you most likely will lead an uneventful life and you sabotage your success.
Ralph Waldo Emerson offered some simple advice, which, if followed, can transform your life. He said, “Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain.” This makes good sense, but some people are just too afraid to act. Running away from your fears is a losing strategy. It only brings frustration and unhappiness.
There is nothing wrong with having some fears. Successful people have fears. The difference is that successful people take action and move forward despite being afraid. It’s not always easy, but you will feel better.
When you push through fear and take action in some areas of your life, you’ll develop confidence in other areas as well. Life does not reward those who refuse to expose themselves to difficulties and challenges. It is important that you put yourself in a position to win – and that means taking action despite fear.
"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face...do the thing you think you cannot do."