Don’t fault yourself for being afraid of taking that big step–the massive action that needs to
happen to realize your dream! It’s a natural response to moving out of your comfort zone. But
while you shouldn’t rebuke yourself for feeling fearful, neither should you wallow in it so that
you never get past it. When fear rears its ugly head, use these simple tactics to put it in
perspective and move on.

Recognize fear is only a feeling

Fear can feel very, very real. But it’s only an emotion that survives and thrives when we dwell
on it and start to believe it. The first step in mastering your fear of taking massive action is to
remember to tell yourself that fear isn’t real–that it’s only a feeling that can’t hurt you.

Remember, everyone has experienced a fear of failure

Everyone experiences fear before they try something new. Think Tony Robbins hasn’t experienced a fear of failure? Sure he has, and I’m sure he would tell you that himself. Everyone
has experienced a fear of failure, the fear of looking like a fool, the fear of losing friends when
you become too famous, too wealthy, too thin, or whatever. When a moment of panic comes
over you, image your role model, and remember that they too have experienced fear. But they
moved through it anyway.


Take the first small step

We’ve all heard Newton’s 1st Law of Motion: A body at rest tends to stay at rest, while a body
in motion tends to stay in motion. Notice that feeling of fear, and then take that first small step
in spite of it. You will feel amazing after you’ve done that one little thing. You’ll realize that you
can do it, and you’ll be excited to take that next step. Fear will be replaced by enthusiasm!

 

Use a lifeline

Sometimes we recognize fear for what it is, but can’t seem to get over the hurdle anyway.
That’s the right time to call in some reinforcements. Get ahold of a friend, colleague, or family
member who is totally on board with your goal. Buy them a cup of coffee and talk to them
about your feelings. Use them as a sounding board, ask for their advice, or just come on out and
ask for a pep talk! This person loves you and has faith that you can achieve your goal, so you
don’t need to worry about being embarrassed to tell them that fear has you in a paralyzing
grip! They will support you through each step you take; sometimes all we need is to hear a
person we love and admire tell us it will be all right.