When faced with anything risky periods of uncertainty or just something new, it’s completely natural to feel scared or even anxious.
I know I do! Sweaty palms, increased heart rate, dry mouth, scattered thoughts and sleepless nights, nausea, butterflies or even an upset stomach. When I’m at my worst I suffer the lot.
This is what psychiatrists call the fight or flight response;
The fight-or-flight response, also known as the acute stress response, refers to a physiological reaction that occurs in the presence of something that is terrifying, either mentally or physically. The response is triggered by the release of hormones that prepare your body to either stay and deal with a threat or to run away to safety.
It is your body’s natural response to the unknown and is meant to help you, but more times than not we’re not caught up in a life-threatening situation. More times than not we’re simply just scared of something that might not happen.
Take the fear of failure.
The most successful people in the world will tell you that at some point in their lives they thought they were going to fail and that they may even have been afraid of failure. They will also tell you that it took persistence, hard work, a whole lot of lessons learned and perhaps a dash of stubbornness to get them to where they are today.
Just look at J. K. Rowling, whom at one stage was a broke single mother on welfare suffering from depression and rejected by 12 publishers before finally breaking through with the Harry Potter book series—and what a success that became! She persisted when she could have easily thrown in the towel and given up. Instead, she persevered.
I was set free because my greatest fear had been realized, and I still had a daughter who I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. And so rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.
– J. K. Rowling
Your Subconscious Is A Powerful Tool
By simply visualizing success, flicking the switch to a more positive mindset and by continuing to push through the fear, you will unlock new ideas, thoughts and ways of doing things. You will also discover that you will attract new opportunities and people into your life as well as an untapped source of energy and motivation!
And if all else fails simply feel the fear and do it anyway.
It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.
– J. K. Rowling
By accepting that stepping outside of your comfort zone will always feel a little scary you will reclaim power over fear, over anxiety, and you will learn so much by being brave enough to put yourself out there, by taking a chance and by giving it a go! That is what living is all about. Just remember, anyone who has ever achieved greatness has gone through some kind of struggle, pain or hardship. The reason they have become a success is because they have pushed through and come out the other side on top!
I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
– Michael Jordan
Think of something you have been putting off, or something that scares you. Now visualize yourself being successful. Go on, really picture it.
What do you see?
What are you doing?
Now tune into your senses.
What does success taste like?
What does it feel like?
What are people saying about you?
What have you achieved?
And what else can you achieve?
Now take that feeling and take one step in that direction, followed by another. Oh, and remember to breathe … breathing is good.
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