Don’t you admire risk takers–especially when they win or give a thrilling performance? There’s something exciting about someone who takes a chance-the person who has courage to start a business in a down economy, a football team that goes for the two point conversion to win the game, or those that put it all on the line to get what they want. These individuals seem brave.
How about you? What was the last risk you took? What risk did you not take? Fear is one of the biggest culprits that hold us back from achieving our wildest (or not so wild) dreams. If this is true for you, then you might want to understand fear better.
Fear is often described by the acronym False-Evidence-Appearing-Real. Think of it this way, in our mind, we have conjured up some evidence that we label as real. We might believe that we will fail, that we will be embarrassed, that we will lose everything, that we will be rejected, or worst of all, that we will feel ashamed.
Dale Carnegie warned that, “Inaction breeds doubt and fear.” If that’s the case, then action breeds confidence and courage. Take these steps to overcome fear and take action:
- Get real about the possible outcomes. What’s the best that can happen? What’s the worst that can happen? What is likely to happen?
- Take a small, safe step. Research your dream. Gather more information; make a plan.
- Visualize you successful…however large or petite.
Begin today by shining the light on the “False Evidence that Appears Real” in your life. When you do, you will become more realistic about potential outcomes. Your confidence will get a boost and you will be more prepared to take a risk.