Don’t Let Fear Hold You Back

This morning I was first on the job-site. Unsure of what to do or where to start before the others showed up I was hesitating to get the days work started. Not wanting to waste time I told myself, “don’t let fear hold you back,” and I got to work.

Fear can pop up at the strangest times and over the smallest of details. It can stop you from ever starting an endeavor or even grind things to a halt during it. The best thing that you can do is to recognize it, know it’s there, and take steps to move past it.

If you start over thinking anything, that creates an excellent environment for fear to incubate and to take hold. Paralysis by analysis is the common name for this situation. But just like what I faced this morning, the solution is simple… stop thinking and just start doing!

Fear will also breed a ton of annoying questions that will hold you back. What if I am not smart enough? What if I am not strong enough? What if they don’t like me? What if, what if… This is when the monkey mind begins its chatter. Take a minute, quiet your mind, breathe if you have to, and flip that negative thinking switch to off. Don’t let your fear hold you back and don’t allow your fear to conjure up 1000 questions about your abilities, your worth, etc.

Push back against your fear and take away its power to entrap you, holding you motionless. It may seem strange, but try to be grateful and thankful for whatever it is that you fear in that moment. For one, you can recognize it as a opportunity of growth, which it is, and by moving past or through that fear you will indeed learn, grow, and become stronger.

Secondly, you can be thankful for your fear because if you ARE feeling fear, then guess what? You aren’t bored!

Every fearful situation really does have a sliver lining. And when you choose to move on and take action, or take that next step, you will discover that the truth or the reality is never quite as scary as it originally seemed.

Today was my last day on this project, it all went very well, and we finished everything early after two days of hard work. But if I had continued to hesitate this morning and let the fear control me, we might all very well still be on the job. But I didn’t let my fears stop me and neither should you. Don’t let your fear hold you back.

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – Certified Life Coach – Aspen, Colorado

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