Part 2 in a 4-part blog series on taking action in spite of fear. I’d encourage you to read Part 1 first.
Yesterday I confessed to you that I am facing some mental opposition to doing something that I know is worth doing, that I’ve been working toward for some time.
I love imagining the fear that truly successful people have faced. I think about presidents, CEO’s, inventors, professional athletes, actors and so on, and I consider what they must have felt as they moved forward toward goals they believed worth achieving.
Step one, as we discussed yesterday, was to expect fear. It’s a guarantee. If you haven’t run into fear, I can tell you right now, you’re not pushing yourself. At all.
Step Two: Embrace fear – Rather than interpreting fear as a negative thing, embrace it as a positive and inevitable part of the experience. Embrace fear as integral to growth. When I felt petrified by fear yesterday morning, I concluded that it meant that what I am doing is worth doing–I am growing, challenging myself, expanding my reach. I’m taking myself outside of my comfort zone, attempting to conquer uncharted waters. And ultimately, I will expand my comfort zone in the process.
These are good things. I embrace the fear, as uncomfortable as it is, as a good thing—a sign that I’m most likely doing something worth doing.
Consider this: if you take action in spite of fear, you will be comfortable tomorrow with what you fear today.
So push your limits, embrace fear, feel it, and recognize that it is not the dictator of what you can or should do, but an indicator that you are growing
My question for you is: what have you seen shift from fear-inducing to your comfort zone, after taking action in spite of fear? Share in the comments below! Encourage others to take action!