Conquering your fears by taking action
Conquering your fears by taking action despite how you feel.
Fear is a natural kind of emotion experienced by millions of people.
However, sometimes, being afraid has its benefits; it can be beneficial because it makes you aware of the risks, keeps you alert, and improves your mental focus.
Too much fear, however, will have the opposite effect.
Don’t let this deter you, though, even the most successful people experience fear.
The key is to prevent your actions from being controlled by anxiety.
The many shades of fear
Unfortunately, the feeling of fear is not always black and white.
Being afraid can take several forms, from mild anxiety to crippling you into over-analyzing everything.
In certain situations, it can protect you from danger and stop impulsive behaviour.
However, because it’s closely linked to your gut instinct, it can also help you improve your decision-making process.
Not all kinds of fear are beneficial for you, though. Sometimes, this feeling does more harm than good.
Too many of us never realise our full potential because our fears block us. – Les Brown
It will deter you from fulfilling your full potential, feed procrastination, and increase tension.
Let’s say that you want to quit your regular job and start a creative agency or work as a freelance photographer.
You may be afraid that if things don’t turn out as you expected, you’ll lose time and money.
What if you’re not going to have enough clients? And then what if you’re going to get sick and can’t work?
The risks are real, so it makes sense to experience some anxiety and dread.
Life is an amazing journey if you’re not afraid to live it. – Jen Bricker
But if you don’t attempt something different, you’ll never know what you’re missing.
Who knows what could happen?
You could have considerable success and build a loyal customer base.
Five years from now, you may have enough money to purchase that dream house.
The thing is, you want to live your life without the regret of always wondering, What if?
Conquering your fears?
In reality, no matter how much you work on it, you’ll never be able to get rid of fear altogether.
Instead, it would help if you made it your ally.
Imagine yourself achieving your goal, whatever it may be.
Think of the worst-case scenario, then come up with a fallback plan.
Fear of change is so often the result of imagined consequences rather than reality. – Richard Gerver
Ask yourself, what are all the facts?
Am I making assumptions about everything?
What’s the best possible outcome?
Who can I call for help if needed?
Use your fears as a source of guidance.
Assess your emotional concerns and seek to find potential solutions.
Now, using my example above, in addition to your regular work, you might start a web design side hustle.
This way, if your business fails, you’re still going to have an income.
If it continues to grow, turn it into a full-time job.
With this approach, you’re going to do what you want to do and minimise the risk at the same time.