Everybody has fears, one person is just better in hiding them than the other.
Hiding your fear for everyone else is one thing, but fear starts to become really problematic when you start hiding it for yourself. You can’t absolve darkness by keeping it in the shadows, you’ll have to shine your light on it.
Recognize your fear, recognize how it’s blocking you from achieving your full potential… and ask yourself where this fear is coming from. Unpack your fear. Peel the layers of the ‘fear onion’ and see what’s really there at its core.
You’ll find that most fears fester in the narrative you uphold yourself about either past or future. In order to take control of your fear, you’ll have to control this narrative – and change it.
Next time fear knocks on your door, don’t run away from it. Show up with your head up high and your chest out. Now, this can be a painful process, but you’ll have to go through it to get to the other side. You can’t let fear dictate your life any longer.
It doesn’t end there. If you want to get rid of your fear fast, you’ll have to take it one step further.
Instead of waiting until fear knocks on your door, knock on fear’s door. And you keep knocking until fear gets bored with you, until fear tries to get rid of you.
- I was afraid of public speaking. So I organized monthly knowledge sharing sessions at the company I worked for at the time, for anyone who was interested to attend.
- I was afraid of driving a car. So I called a driving school and scheduled additional driving lessons in the evenings, despite already having my driver’s license for over 10 years.
- I was afraid to talk on camera. So I filmed a video for every blog post I wrote.
Fear tends to fade away when you stare it in its eyes. The more you go out of your way to face the fears you have in your life, the faster they’ll absolve.
What can you set in motion today, to get rid of your fears?
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