1. Feel It.
This can be the most difficult step. It’s natural to want to get past our fear and not feel any anxiety. In our attempts to “overcome” fear, we tend to sometimes ignore it or suppress it… That doesn’t always work. All our fears have a specific purpose, and the only way to uncover a fear’s purpose is to start by accepting it — by feeling the fear.
2. Express It.
Talk to someone about your fear. This can be a friend, a colleague, or just someone you trust. You can also talk yourself through it. What’s going on? What specifically are you fearful about? Take the time to explore your emotions.
Perhaps we’re not well prepared, and that’s why we’re fearful. The fear is giving us a signal to prepare. Perhaps we’ve prepared as much as possible, and the fear is telling us that we simply need to build our confidence around the issue. Believe in yourself — you have gotten through difficult and challenging situations before. Fear can give us powerful signals that can make a big difference, if we listen and act upon them.
4. Use It.
Fear can make our bodies shake — smile and look excited. Fear can make our hearts pound — use the adrenaline rush to boost your passion and determination. Take action! This isn’t easy; it just takes remembering and practicing. Soon, you’ll love the sensations of fear, because they’ll propel you to do the things you once thought impossible.
Many personal development programs end with an “Action Step.” This makes sense because many people learn what to do, but then they don’t do what they’ve learned!
After doing so many programs, I found the action steps to be repetitive or inappropriate for my specific needs at the time. So rather than asking you to do something that may not relate to your present circumstances, I want to ask you to do SOMETHING. You choose. What’s going on in your life that you want to move forward on? Is there something that you’ve been fearful about and haven’t taken any action towards?
Now is the time.
Let’s love the world together…
Danish Ahmed, blind visionary
P.S. Read Fear 2.0