YourMondayMotivator: Kicking Fear to the Curb

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  • February 27, 2012

Cars parked across the road from our house and strange noises at night are things that get my blood racing. And it’s kind of annoying because those kind of fears seem irrational to me. However, in today’s world of home invasions and break-ins maybe they’re not so irrational….

Kicking Fear to the Curb (Not sure why I have used caps. Looks maybe?) is something I work on almost every day. No, strange cars are not parked outside my house everyday. Work and life create situations where decisions and actions have to be taken that cause fear.

To get through the fear I have learned to ask myself a very simple question; “What is the worst that can happen?”

By asking that I begin to question why I feel fear and in doing so quickly strip the power, to give me fear, from the thing. Fear is Nature’s warning sign for danger and we should be mindful of it. However once we have taken into account the initial warning we must put the emotion aside and make our decision.

Too often decisions are made in the middle of the emotion. They will not be good decisions. Unless of course it’s getting you out of the way of a life threatening situation. Like an attacking Tyrannosaurus rex.

There is a quote attributed to Franklin Roosevelt, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” Fear is one of the biggest hurdles you have to achieving success because it can drive decisions and actions based on maintaining security. To be successful you really need to kick it to the curb and take calculated risks that move you forward.

This week take note of when you feel fearful, mark the moment, ask what you have to fear, put the feeling aside and make your decision. Watch out for the odd Tyrannosaurus rex though.

My best.

Glenn

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