4 Steps to Taking Action In Spite of Fear: Step One

Often fear stands between us and doing something worthwhile, be that starting a small business, taking on a role of leadership, pushing toward success in some form. Here are 4 steps to conquer that fear and take action.

Part 1 in a 4-part blog series on taking action in spite of fear.

This morning I was listening to a podcast by Michael Hyatt about limiting beliefs. Michael and his co-host mentioned that we rarely see behind the scenes of other peoples’ lives—we simply see the front stage show, the carefully crafted facade.

I immediately thought that it would be very important to me to be transparent with you. To reveal my weaknesses, flaws and general humanity.

So I’ll start here…

I’m experiencing gripping fear. Oddly enough, if you’re reading this, hopefully it means that I’ve overcome it.

As I’m writing this, BrianBandas.com is now officially ready to launch. No more valid excuses. I’m now totally exposed to the unknown.

I’m terrified of failure, and I’m terrified of success. I’ve worked for a long time to get here, I know I’m aligned with my strengths and my passions, and have a lot to offer, but I’m racked with fear. What do I do if nothing I try works? What do I do if it does work? Somehow, I find myself having a tough time moving forward.

So I decided I’d share this in the spirit of transparency, and work through it here with you. I believe one of–if not the–key differentiating factors between those who remain stagnant, and those who excel into greatness, is as simple as this: those who achieve great things repeatedly take action.

That being said, let’s talk about taking action in spite of that one inevitable hurdle: FEAR.

Step One: Expect Fear

There’s a reason I used the phrase “taking action in spite of fear.” Because no matter who you are, what you do, how much experience you have or don’t have, you will face fear. No human being is exempt from fear, from the greenest beginner, to the most seasoned and accomplished vet.

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The fear may shift and change forms, but it won’t disappear. If we expect fear, it won’t throw us off quite so much. When it arrives we can greet it with familiarity, not surprise.

I can assure you that if you are doing something that is worth doing, something that challenges you–if you are attempting to make progress in your life in some form or another–fear will be an inherent, almost automatic factor.

If we expect fear, even before it arrives we can prep our response. We can preemptively shape a mindset that can handle fear, that can stand up under it and more in spite of it.

Check back tomorrow for Step Two. We’re going to knock these out quick-fire style. Four steps in four days.

In the mean time, let me ask you this: in what way are you challenging yourself, that you expect will make you uncomfortable and involve fear? Leave a comment below!

 

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2 Comments

  1. Heather says:

    Currently applying for my first real job in my career, and planning to move out of state to get it. That’s the scary in my world right now.

    • Brian says:

      Wow. Big changes! Having moved states myself once, I highly recommend it. And of course, it’s a path that is not void of fear, but it is well worth it. I can’t imagine my life any other way. I’m sure you’ll have a similarly gratifying experience!

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