There are three things that often hinder us from accomplishing our goals: procrastination, lack of follow through, and lack of self confidence. Each of these barriers is linked by a common thread – fear. Fearing failure, we delay taking any action at all, preferring the safety in ‘keeping still’ and maintaining the status quo. Intellectually we know that we are stunting our growth, but emotionally, we just cannot bring ourselves to take the leap.
There are some things that you can do to break the fear barrier, and get on with the business of living the life you really want to live:
Choose to Look at Fear in a Different Way
Learn to see the thing you fear as an opportunity, rather than a risk of failure. Sara Blakely, the founder of Spanx, who was just named the youngest female self-made billionaire by Forbes Magazine, is a fascinating case study in the power of perseverance. What struck me most about her journey is what she said about her father’s method of encouraging his children:
” My Father used to ask my brother and I what we had failed at recently, and then congratulate us. He did complete reverse psychology on us. Failure was something we sought out, and not a scary thing. I think many people are debilitated by the fear of failure, so he gave us a real gift.”
Can you imagine how much further we could all go if we could use our failures as the measuring stick for our success? Continue reading