What if …
No matter how positive you are and how many good things have happened to you so far in life — there will be down times. There will be second, third, fourth and fifth guesses. You’ll wonder if you really have what it takes to do the BIG thing you set out to accomplish. You may find yourself caught up in the comparison game or fight the urge to close your email and just crawl back into bed for the day.
Those are the bad days. The scary days. The “what if” days.
The truth is that it’s not a question of if you will have those days but when and what you will do when you find yourself experiencing overwhelming doubt or allowing fear and worry to keep you awake at night.
Defeating the Fear Beast and Pushing Through to Limitless Success.
As someone who has encountered these hard days (some being more recent than I’d care to admit) and as a fellow overcomer, let me encourage you today. Let these words sink in: It’s time to stop being afraid and PUSH THROUGH.
It’s time to get out of your own head and stop doubting, questioning, running through the possibilities — it’s time to stop being afraid.
I know it’s hard to overcome the onslaught of fear when it comes for you. It’s very, very difficult to recognize that you are, in fact, crippling yourself and pursuing the exact opposite direction you should be headed in. Pivoting can be almost painful in these instances.
You have to PUSH THROUGH.
You cannot stay in that dark place. You have to rise up and treat fear like a ravenous beast. A terrible thing that will devour you if you let it but, thankfully, also a villain you have complete dominion over — allowing you to successfully escape.
It’s Time to Face Your Fear and Answer the Scary Questions.
Because I’ve faced the fear of failure and the void of uncertainty first hand and conquered both, I can share this advice with you: You must do whatever it takes to disarm your fear and face it head on as soon as possible. Ask yourself …
- What is so scary?
- What is the worst case scenario?
Answer these questions and replace them with the opposite outcomes. For example:
- I could completely and utterly humiliate myself
Replacement: I will succeed beyond anything I could even imagine in my current circumstance.
- I could fail and lose all my money.
Replacement: I will succeed and be profitable.
- I could disappoint my family and those I love.
Replacement: I will inspire my family and those I love.
- People might laugh at me and I could become a meme that goes viral.
Replacement: I will inspire others to be better, stronger and pursue their dreams.
- I could fail miserably and have to let my employees go.
Replacement: I will grow my business and continue to employe and empower those who work for me.
- I could ruin my reputation and be seen as a failure.
Replacement: I will build credibility and influence among my peers, my community and within my industry.
Don’t wait to look fear in the eyes and send it running. Take time to recognize where you’ve been allowing fear to dominate your thoughts and overpower your actions. Be relentless in addressing fearful thinking and replace it with positive, limitless mantras like what I’ve shared above.
It’s time to take your thought life and daily decisions back. It’s time for more sleep and less stress. It’s time to stop being afraid.