Step 1: Recognize the Fear We tend to avoid things that we don’t like and procrastinate whatever it is. If, every time you think of public speaking or deciding on a business decision, you start to feel anxiety or that queasy stomach or worry “What if?”, then you are starting to deal with fear. Nobody thinks the feeling of fear is fun. We need to know though that it’s there and we need to give it a name because then it can start to get smaller. Fear is an idea in your head.
Step 2: Harness the Fear We have nothing to fear but fear itself. —Theodore Roosevelt There is a benefit to fear. Millionaires talk about harnessing it. Just like harnessing the wind or water for electricity, we channel fear into something greater. Fear is an indicator as to whether there might be a threat or risk. So use fear as your guidepost. You probably don’t look at that picture because that’s probably not a good guidepost right now. It looks like it’s going to fall apart. But that’s where fear is the asset. Just like Chris said, “It might be your gut telling you to stop moving forward because there’s potential disaster ahead. You do that check in, and then you do your due diligence. You use it for what it is and then ignore, if it’s not true.” The other way that you can harness the fear is to use fear to get over stuff, to move things faster. Use it like you would caffeine. Pretend fear is like your morning coffee getting you buzzed and ready to go for action. The more situations you are in that are fear-inducing (not paralyzing fear where you can’t move, but regulated fear) the more you are stepping out of your comfort zone and the more you are going to be able to create the life you want. It’s a good thing, not a bad thing.
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