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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

How to Use Fear to Be Successful by Jack Canfield

Feeling fear is a very natural part of living. Fear is a helpful emotion as it tells you when you need to be extra careful, keenly aware and cautious—fear is not an emotion that is telling you to stop. Acknowledging it helps you know when you are stepping out of your comfort zone. Fear brings your awareness to areas where you could improve and grow, and confronting your fears is a very necessary step in achieving success. There is no other way. 

Successful people also feel fear, but they don’t let it discourage them from moving forward. They realize that fear is a feeling telling them they are about to do something new—something that they are not especially good at yet. For this reason, they know they should pay extra attention to how it should be done, research the process and plan out the steps they will take to accomplish it. And as they go through the process, they can see what worked and what didn’t. 

To be successful, you must be willing to be afraid, because fear accompanies risk. Without taking risks, you will not achieve your dreams. Know that so many of your fears are self-created. You imagine a horrible outcome to your new experience, and that image is the fear that holds you back. So realize that all new experiences will be slightly scary, but also acknowledge that what it is you are afraid of is a self-created image of what is going to happen. Acknowledge that you are imagining the worst and that you really have no idea what will happen. You have a choice in what you let your mind dwell on. If you’re going to let yourself visualize the worst, then make sure you let yourself visualize the desired outcome, too.

This is an excerpt from a Jack Canfield article that I feel is apropos because we all have felt fear, not paralyzing fear, but enough to make us hesitate.  This is the beauty of having mentors to lean on, instead of fear becoming a stumbling block, mentors encourage and show, try, do until you are strong enough to fly!! 

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