RECOGNIZE YOUR FEARS AND OVERCOME THEM

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Overcoming your fears creates a powerfully exhilarating
feeling.  It builds self-esteem by
changing your self-concept.  It allows
you to confidently take on new challenges. 
On the other hand, there is nothing more debilitating than letting your
fears stop you from living the life you are meant to live.
Fear is an acronym for False Evidence Appearing Real.  There is no greater
loss to the world than missing out on your unique contribution because you are
afraid to fail or afraid you don’t have anything worth contributing. 
We all have special gifts and talents.  There’s only one thing separating most people
from the super successful; it’s looking at your fears and making the decision
that your goals are bigger than your fear and moving forward.  Don’t let your fears keep you stuck where you
are.
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Action Step

Banish Fear From Your Life

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Are fear based limiting
beliefs running your life?  Do this
exercise.  Make 3 columns on a piece of
paper.  List all your fears in the first
column and in the next column write down what’s the worst thing that can happen
if they come true and in a third column right down what your solution would
be.  
If you feel the need to discuss your limiting beliefs with
someone, take the first five minutes to describe the problem and the rest of
the time talking about what good is to come out of it and brainstorm a
solution.  
The reality is 95% of your fears will never be
experienced.  And now that you know the
worst thing that can happen, and how you’re going to resolve it, there’s no
reason to live with fear any longer. 
Make living in the present a way of life and you’ve already eliminated a
high percentage of worry that leads to experiencing fear.
Everyone fails at something in his or her lives, even the
most successful people.  But the super
successful treat failure differently than ordinary people.  They see failures or setbacks as a guidepost
to what doesn’t work and what changes need to be made to bring you one step
closer to success.  
Super successful people
have no shame in failure; they celebrate it and move on.  Every day ordinary people are realizing their
dreams because they took action in the face of their fears.  They didn’t wait for all the right contacts
or every piece of information.  They went
for it, and so can you.
One surprisingly powerful way I’ve found to overcome my
fears, I found totally by accident.  It
just dawned on me one day that this is how I frequently overcome deep-seated
fears. 
When you are involved in a project that is bigger than
yourself, something that will help other people, you forget all about your own
personal fear.  When it’s not about you
it’s much easier to move through your fears. 
It doesn’t have to be ending hunger, just something to pull you out of
your comfort zone.  
Here’s a story of how I overcame one of my fears, being
noticed.   I always tried to be
invisible.  I grew up with very low
self-esteem and was incredibly self-conscious. 
I didn’t like to draw too much attention to myself so one of my defenses
was to dress very conservatively.  
So how did I start
modeling?  Nobody that really knew me
would have believed it in a million years. 
I did it because a friend asked for my help. So it wasn’t about me, it
was about helping someone else.  
I shopped at her store and loved her clothes.  She asked me to help her out when she lost a
regular model for a weekly hotel show.  I
was scared to death, but I only had to do it this one time.  
Incredibly, the number of sales from the show increased
with me modeling, so she asked me to stay. 
Since I was helping her increase her business, and I liked being
helpful, I said yes.  
It became clear to me that my mousy self-concept was
almost the opposite of how other people saw me. 
I started modeling for other stores, doing big runway shows and some
print ads. 
I loved it.  
The biggest
benefit was not that I changed my wardrobe, but that I totally changed my
self-concept.  I had overcome a major
fear of mine that had stopped me from saying yes to many opportunities.
Lynn Pierce

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