Feel the Fear & Do It Anyway!
I have to admit… I am not afraid of much of anything. That doesn’t mean I never get nervous, but a true fear of something is rare for me. That is until you want to touch my nose! I have suffered from almost daily nosebleeds for 5 years. A simple 20 minute visit to the ENT could have stopped it long ago. However, FEAR stopped ME in my tracks! I had an unfortunate instance with a student nurse during an ER trip where she practiced inserting an NG tube on me for the very first time. Needless to say she wasn’t very good at it her first time (I guess that’s why they have to practice). The experience caused a full blown panic attack for me that I can still replay in my mind in full detail (and just about give myself a NEW panic attack while doing so!) So, I lived with the nosebleeds because I was AFRAID.
I have heard fear described as False Evidence Appearing Real (F.E.A.R). Often times what we imagine will happen is not nearly what actually happens. We make up a scenario in our mind of how it might play out. We fear rejection, we fear failure, we fear pain, we fear being uncomfortable, we fear we can’t handle a situation, we fear embarrassment, and on and on and on.
The sad part about it is that we buy into our own fear. We buy into the scenario our mind MADE UP! It’s not REAL. Yet we treat it as “truth” stopping us from completing tasks or enjoying experiences… sometime even meeting people. In my case it stopped me from getting medical treatment that I needed. Today I felt the fear (and boy did I feel fear!) and DID IT ANYWAY! Only to find out reality wasn’t nearly as bad as I imagined it would be.
We are all fearful of something. Some are rational… but MOST are NOT. I find this to be true especially in business. We fear going to a new meeting or group where we don’t know anyone. Therefore we miss out on building relationships and growing our exposure and reputation. We fear offering our service because we are sure they will say no or that it is too expensive or whatever excuse we made up in our mind for them. We don’t try a new idea because we are afraid it won’t work and then we “fail”. So we just don’t do anything. Where does that get us? Nowhere and fast!
Life is full of risks. Some work out, some don’t. My husband often says, “It doesn’t hurt to ask… we are already at no.” So, when you get a NO that simply means nothing changes. So I challenge you today… do something you have been afraid of… something you have been putting off. You will either realize it’s not so bad, you will realize it is not worth the risk and can move on and stop thinking about it, or you may surprise yourself and find a fantastic solution to a problem!
What are you living with because you are afraid or fearful? What are you missing out on because of it? What would you do right now in your business if you KNEW you couldn’t fail?? Share with me! I can’t wait to hear what you OVERCOME today! Feel the FEAR and to it ANYWAY!