Face Your Fears!

Positivity and Professionalism

Face – To overcome by confronting boldly or bravely

Fear – Something that causes fright or apprehension

Definitions provided by Webster’s Dictionary

We all have fears.  It is perfectly normal to feel fear.  As mentioned in the previous post titled “What Are You Afraid Of?”, it is human nature to be afraid from time to time.

Regardless of what types of fears may stand in our way, we must not allow such fears to defeat or define us.

Instead, we must face our fears head on with the mindset that we will defeat them.

This mindset is not developed overnight.  Instead, it is worked at over time and requires strength, determination, and confidence.

Our problems are only as big as we create them to be.  Our worries are only as rational as we analyze them to be.  Our fears are only as real as we allow them to be.

The following are productive methods through which to consciously fight your demons and face your fears:

  • When fears first begin to race through your mind, take a deep breath in through your mouth and out through your nose
  • Remind yourself that fear is perfectly normal, though rarely rational
  • Force yourself into challenging situations which make you apprehensive or uncomfortable
  • Don’t give up or allow yourself to be defeated in the process
  • Know that you are doing everything in your power to overcome your issues

Throughout your ongoing battle with your fears, consistently remind yourself of the following:

  • “I am bigger than this”
  • “I am better than this”
  • “I am stronger than this”

While fighting your demons and facing your fears, make sure to keep one eye on your current road while keeping the other on the road ahead.  Don’t lose sight of your ultimate goal or the big picture.

When all is said and done, you will be a stronger person.

Positivity and Professionalism: Face Your Fears!

What Are You Afraid Of?

Positivity and Professionalism

Afraid – Feeling fear; filled with apprehension

Fear – Something that causes fright or apprehension

Definition provided by Webster’s Dictionary

We all have fears.  It is perfectly normal feel apprehensive.  It is human nature to be afraid.

As human beings, we are expected to feel afraid at times.  However, this common human emotion yields a dangerous domino effect:

  • Fear creates insecurity
  • Insecurity instills self-doubt
  • Self-doubt prevents effort
  • A lack of effort prevents success

In short, fear can prevent success.

Fear is a powerful force which cannot be quickly overcome.  Coming to terms with our fears is a process which requires significant time and steady effort.

Overcoming fear is not a simple matter of “snapping out of it”.  We must consciously work to overcome our fears and believe in ourselves.

When we live our lives in fear, we have nobody to blame but ourselves.  We can’t simply rationalize our fears by pointing fingers at people or situations.  Instead, are forced to look inward, as we become our own worst enemies.

The goal is not to avoid fear at all costs.  The concept is not to refrain from experiencing this emotion.

The objective is to come to terms with and face your fears.

In closing, please consider the following:

  • What are you afraid of?
  • How do your fears hold you back?
  • How do you intend to overcome your fears?

Next week, we’ll discuss productive methods through which to face your fears.

Positivity and Professionalism: What Are You Afraid Of?