How to Use Fear Fuel to Propel Success

We are so often told we must face our fears, get past the or crush them!
I don’t know about you but that doesn’t work very often for me.
Instead of ignoring the little fears I find a bigger fear and use it as rocket fuel to propel myself past all the little fears.
We are human, fear will always be a part of our lives. Most of the fear we face today is self-imposed and not “real” fear.
Too many of us are so afraid we never start
  • Afraid of change
  • Afraid of uncertainty
  • Afraid of failure
  • Afraid of success

The Make It Happen Actions

These are the set of actions that I’ve found to help overcome fears, find motivation, and prioritize:

  1. Find a purpose. You might already know what your purpose is, but it’s good to review it and keep it at the forefront of your thoughts. If you don’t have a purpose, start here: what will you want to look back on at the end of your life? What will make your life feel significant? What will give your life some meaning? If you don’t have an answer to these questions, it’s worth spending a little time here. Go for a walk and think about it.
  2. Embrace your desire. You’re reading this article because you have a desire to do something positive in your life. Embrace that. Isn’t it wonderful that you have this desire? See this as the first positive step you’ve already taken. Now use it and take action.
  3. Create the space. You won’t make any changes if you don’t create a small space for the change. When will you start making the change? In the morning, in the evening, during your lunch break? Don’t wait for the change to happen — make it happen. Block off some time on your calendar each day, even if it’s just 10 or 15 minutes. If you don’t have the time, think about how long you spend each day on Facebook, TV, games, or doing smaller tasks that aren’t as important. Push those back for just a bit, and do what’s most important to you first.
  4. Surround yourself. The best way to make change happen is to surround yourself with others making a similar change themselves, others who will support your change. Find a few people online or off, and create a support team that will check in with each other regularly. Yes, this might take some work. Yes, you can do it.
  5. Make the accountability. Find at least one person who will hold you accountable for making this change. It might be the support team mentioned above, or a coach, or an accountability partner. Tell them not to let you off the hook.
  6. Take a small action. If you’re overwhelmed by a large change or a bunch of small changes, focus on one small step. What small action can you take today that will move you forward? It might be something as simple as “do an Internet search about selling my quilts online”, or “call Freddie to ask him to hold me accountable”. Take a small step, and get moving. Movement begets movement. Now take another small step. This is how change is created.

Why Do You Want To Make A Change?

I cannot put enough emphaiss on the importance of finding your Why. I highly recommend Simon Sinek’s Book “Start With Why” because it has been a big help to me and I am due to read it again to get myself realigned.

If you want a taste of wht the book is about watch his TED Talk below.

What do you use as success fuel? How Do you use your fear to your advantage? Let me know ifn the comments below.

 

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