How to overcome fears


Nobody is immune to failure! This is why history is filled with successful people with a track record of failures. This means that failure is part of the process of success. Think about it, whether it is learning to ride a bicycle, study, or even starting a relationship, we often have to attempt more than once but in the end, our persistent trials result in celebrated success. 

But failure is not much of an issue when viewed critically, the fear of failure is. You've probably not started a new business, accepted the job offer, went on that business trip, or taken that bold step because you were afraid of failing. For some people, the fear of failing has become more than an occasional event, it has become a lifestyle to the point that people begin to call them names. Whether we are as bold as the world's strongest man, Zydrunas Savickas, or as weak as Hugh Jackman who is the notorious world's weakest man, you still have to face your shadow of fear.

You may have heard a lot of speech about dealing with your fears or even had a counseling session, especially when dealing with anxiety-related disorders with little results. However, you don't need to be hard on yourself because there are proven fear bursters that you can incorporate as part of your daily routine. 

Acknowledge your fears

How can you overcome something you ignore? The first step to killing the snake in the kitchen is to agree that indeed there is a snake. That is, you must agree that there is a risk and acknowledge the fact that something might go wrong. This will positively stimulate you to approach the issue with courage and even inspire you to take steps that will be beneficial in terms of reducing the risk of failure. 

Minimize the Risk

If there is a risk of failure, then there is something that can be done about it. Recall the adage, "Don't throw the baby away with the dirty water", rather than expressing fears that the baby might fall off with the dirty water, you could minimize the risk by taking the baby out of the dirty water before throwing the water away. Sounds smart right? That's the trick to dealing with identified fear factors, you need to find a way to eliminate the risk of failure and increase the chances of success. 

Get psychologically set

Preparing to lose is not just sportsmanship, it is a psychological way of dealing with life and the risk of failure it presents. Sometimes, you may have successfully closed all loose ends and things could still go wrong. This is when you need to understand that failure is not the end of the world; once it happens, you pick up the pieces and move on. Most times, we don't need to crucify ourselves for what went wrong, we need to congratulate ourselves for giving it a trial. As the Lizard, it's enough not to get applause from jumping off a story building, simply shake your head, dust your sleeve and move on.

These three tips work like magic and if you want to spice it up, include prayers and meditation to the mix. Now go ahead and face your fears, no excuses!

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