Fear is what keeps us from taking action. It seems that for most people, the known - albeit uncomfortable or dissatisfying, is often more comfortable than the unknown. Then at some point, the known becomes so uncomfortable that we force ourselves through the fear to create a new situation. But what if we could save ourselves days, months, even years of living in a dissatisfying situation by actively moving past our fears?
3 Ways to Move Past Fear
Acknowledge that the limitations are not external but internal. It is our perception of the situation that prevents us from taking action, nothing else. We can choose to believe something different and will feel differently and act differently, but the situation will not have changed.
"If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself,
but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment."
- Marcus Aurelius
Move! Do something. Anything. Stop sitting and thinking about the reasons you cannot do it and stop dwelling on your fear.
"Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage.
If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy."
- Dale Carnegie
Believe in yourself. Each time you step outside your comfort zone and do something you believe you cannot do, your belief in yourself will grow. If you can repeatedly do the things you think you cannot do, eventually there will be nothing you cannot do.
"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience
in which you really stop to look fear in the face.
You must do the thing which you think you cannot do."
- Eleanor Roosevelt
For more on moving past fear, check out Susan Jeffers books: Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway and Feel the Fear and Beyond at: www.susanjeffers.com.
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