Fear, it has crippling side effects and can stop someone dead in their tracks. When I was growing up I was terrified of what was going to happen, and 99% of the time what I thought was going to transpire never happened.
So the biggest dilemma for so many people is how to attack that fear.
F – False
E – Evidence
A – Appearing
R – Real
Face your fears
Now let that soak in for a bit and let's go back to what you may fear.
You may fear of speaking in front of an audience, you're not alone. Warren Buffet was terrified of speaking. He ended up facing that fear by enrolling in a Dale Carnegie course.
“ You’ve got to be able to communicate in life and it’s enormously important. Schools, to some extent, under emphasize that. If you can’t communicate and talk to other people and get across your ideas, you’re giving up your potential.” – Warren Buffet
I too had the fear of speaking in front of people and finally realized how trivial it was and conquered it. I still get the occasional knee wobble and butterflies in my stomach.
My son has a stuttering problem. He was so fearful of people making fun of him that he was not going to try out for Aladdin in the school play. My wife Kristy and I persuaded him to face his fear. Chase did just that and got the part of Genie and did one hell of a job.
In the video below I met my fear of height head on by actually flying in an airplane at 3,500 feet. My son Chase did a fantastic job until the last 5 minutes, let me just say we had to do a little clean-up in the back seat.
Don't “think” yourself out of greatness. You need to face whatever you fear head on.
Too many times we tell ourself that “we can't” or “I won't” because we are so afraid.
Get that “stinking thinking” out of your head!
I believe the biggest tragedy is someone who lives a lifetime with numerous fears.
Just think, what if they did face their fears?
Quick task: Write down 1 – 3 things that you have been holding you back due to fear. Take the time to address each one so you can conquer them. Plan out a strategy and eliminate those fears from your life.