Do the thing that scares you.
If you want to get some momentum going, do the thing that seems scary. Fear keeps many people from doing what they really want to do. Most of the time, the fear is completely unfounded. Your fear in your life is exactly what is keeping you right where you are. Your true success is beyond the fear that you feel. When you act in spite of fear, or decide that you are going to let go of fear and finally do what you want to do, you unleash your true power.
Recently, one of my clients tackled her fear by making a fantastic video for her company. She is introverted and being on the video seemed scary and unnerving, but she did it and it turned out great. If you want to learn even more about limiting beliefs and getting rid of fear, you will love my article, 3 Big Blocks to Your Success and my article Five Ways to Obliterate Limiting Beliefs
Another one of my clients knew that in order to grow her business, she needed to get her message out, but she was consumed with fear of making a mistake and was swallowed up in perfectionism so she would delay or say no to speaking opportunities. She then decided this is it… and she scheduled some interviews and practiced recording her voice. She did it. She did the thing that scared her.
And yet another client took a leap in expanding her business by buying another franchise when the opportunity presented itself. What do all of these examples have in common? Each person had fears and reasons (excuses) not to take action, and then they all mustered up the courage to do the thing that scared them.
These are some steps that you can take that will ease you into doing something scary:
- Make a list of all the reasons why it is important that you do the scary thing. Knowing your why acts as a powerful reminder and will keep you motivated and moving forward.
- Write down the worst thing that could possibly happen. Could you handle it? This step is surprisingly effective. Instead of pushing down your fears, you look at the worst case scenario. Everything is brought out in the open for you to explore.
- Notice if you have a similar pattern in life… does the same type of action seem to be scary? Is there some story from childhood that put that pattern in motion… Can you see that you were a child then? You are an adult now with an entirely different skill set. Look at the same story through the eyes of an adult. What changes?
- Set a deadline to take action. How often have you finished things the night before a deadline? Deadlines drive action. If you think you have all the time in the world, you will act like you have all of the time in the world. Deadlines give a sense of urgency.
- Start some piece of the action. For example, gather the intel and the supplies. You can even pick the smallest part of the project. Just starting is the beginning of momentum.
- Enlist support from friends, colleagues, a coach, or a mentor. It’s tough to feel like you are doing it alone. It can be isolating. When you involve other people, you can tap into their energy, too. This also creates accountability if you choose your support wisely. Only choose friends who will be truly supportive and not the friends that will accidentally sabotage your efforts.
- Reflect on all of the times in your life when you did something that scared you. What was the big win in doing it? When you see big wins in doing something that is intimidating, you find the courage to do it no matter what.
If you take these steps, you will ease some of the pressure that happens when you take an action that scares you. However, there will likely be some tangible feelings like a lump in your throat, sweaty palms, or a nervous flutter. Y
However, there will likely be some tangible feelings like a lump in your throat, sweaty palms, or a nervous flutter. Y
You can learn to embrace these feelings and see them as a sign that you are stepping into something bigger.
If you liked this article, then you will really love diving in deeper with this article How to Up-Level Your Mindset.
Coach and Trainer, Dr. Sheri Kaye Hoff
Business and Life Strategist known for inspiring massive action and a catalyst for personal and business growth, joy, and profits in a way that is fun, relaxing, and fulfilling, Sheri Kaye Hoff inspires people to the do work they love and make money. She is a near-death survivor. Learn more about Sheri