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Keeping Fear "in Check"

As we get older we tend to lose perspective on failure.   If you recall your childhood, how many times did it take you to learn how to tie your shoes, learn to write your name in script, or ride a bike without falling?  I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume that most of you did not give up and that you are able to wear shoes with laces, know how to sign your name and perhaps even ride a bicycle.   I know it may seem like the challenges in our adult life are a bit more “challenging”; however, I would like you to keep the following in mind in trying to keep your fear “in check.”

  • Fears are quite common.  We all have them.  Even the most successful individuals.   When you experience fear you are actually stretching yourself out of your comfort zone which is a good thing.
  • Fears are usually unfounded.   We often believe the result of our fear can do more damage to us.    If you think through the fear, ask yourself what is the worst possible outcome if it became a reality?  Once you have identified the worst think through options to mitigate the risk.
  • Fears are just thoughts in your head.   We all have the ability to control our attitude and our thoughts.   Think of what you can do to work through the fear you are experiencing.

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