Fear holds most people back from going after their dreams and accomplishing goals that truly matter in their life. It is not until you develop the ability to overcome your fears that your life can become truly great. It's easy to believe that successful people are fearless, but the truth is that they have merely cultivated the courage to get through their fears. You can do the same, if you will just make the decision that you will not accept fears standing in your way.
When you know where you're going in life, and you're determined to get there, no fears, obstacles, or challenges can stop you.
The first step to overcoming your fears is awareness. You first have to become aware of the fact that they are there. When you know what you're afraid of and how it affects your body, you can start taking action to overcoming them. Sometimes just having the awareness that the fear is there reduces the intensity of it. So write down what your biggest fears are and you may just notice an immediate improvement in how you feel.
2. Take Action
The next step is to take action. If you're afraid of public speaking but want to speak in front of a crowd, you have to gradually desensitize yourself to your fear. Join Toastmasters or another organization that will help you become a good public speaker. One of the reasons you are afraid of public speaking is that you don't know how to do it well. Think about something you're excellent at in your life; are you afraid of it? Probably not.
3. Face Your Fears
This is an extension of the previous point. When you face your fears, you realize that the fears in your mind are much worse than the actual fears. This is something I've realized over and over again as I've faced challenges and obstacles in my own life.
Another side benefit of facing your fears is that you develop courage and self-discipline. This will have tremendous impact in how successful and fulfilled you are in life.
One of the most effective ways to get rid of your fears is to release them. There are a lot of techniques out there that help you overcome negative emotions and beliefs. A few examples of them are Emotional Freedom Techniques, Sedona Method, and The Work. These are all highly effective for getting rid of bad emotions.
Last, but definitely not least is meditation. Sitting still and going inside for just 15 minutes a day can make a huge difference in how you feel.
When you quiet your mind, you'll notice that you start getting inspiration and solutions to problems in your life. Have you ever been washing dishes or been in the shower and gotten a great idea? This is exactly what happens when you meditate. Meditation doesn't have to mean sitting down in a lotus position. You can meditate while walking, washing the dishes, or anything else. Meditation is all about focusing on one thing at a time.
I hope you enjoyed these five tips for overcoming your fears. Remember, you are responsible for your life, and only you can make changes that will make it better.