Fear gets to the best of us, whether it is fear of failure, fear of success or even fear of fear. All of us have experienced fear at some point in our lives and it can be a real stumbling block that holds us back from being truly successful. Fear can’t hold you back forever, if you don’t let it. There are several ways to overcome fear, here are my top 9:
- SEPARATE REALITY FROM PERCEPTION Ask yourself what is really going on, locate the facts and place them over your feeling.
2. IDENTIFY THE TRIGGER Figure out what it is in a situation that triggers you. Learning to identify it will help you learn to combat it.
- KNOW WHERE FEAR LIVES IN YOUR BODY A lot of times, fear takes over physically. It affects different people different ways. Identify if/how it affects your physical body and do the work to take care of your body. Ex: if you hold stress in your back, you can learn stretches, foam rolling, etc. to avoid the pain.
- PRACTICE GRATITUDE
Everyday, list out 1-3 things you are thankful for. It doesn’t matter how big or small it is, gratitude helps shift the mind into a positive light, which overtime, overcomes fear.
- LISTEN TO YOUR INNER VOICE
Monitor your inner conversations. If you wouldn’t say it to a friend, don’t say it to yourself. Speak positively to yourself and remind yourself of your strengths.
- CREATE A NEW ASSOCIATION
Remind yourself that the feeling and the moment will pass. Focus on the positive outcome of the situation, rather than the scary in between.
- LOOK AT THE GLASS HALF FULL Perception is a very powerful thing and how your feel about your situation dictates how you respond. So think positively and you’ll give yourself a much better chance at success. This won’t happen overnight, so begin with just one thought. What is one recurring fearful, negative thought you have? Work on reversing this one thought and see how it chances over time.
- PRACTICE BREATHING EXERCISES Breathing helps center your body; when you stop breathing, your heart stops beating. You can do a grounding exercise or even just take five long deep breaths at any point to calm and center yourself. It is best to start your day with this, but consider doing it all day long.
- CREATE A SAFE SPACE When you feel safe and secure, there is no room for fear. Find somewhere safe you can retreat to when ill feelings begin – whether this is a real place or a place in your mind.