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  Too often, we allow fear to dictate the outcome of our lives. Due to the discomfort that comes with being embarrassed, looking silly, and being rejected, we decide to play it safe instead of living life on our own terms.
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If you want to be happy, it is necessary to ask yourself how life would be different if you started taking action in spite of your fear. You only have one life to live and you can’t afford to live it based on a fear that arises due to past traumatic experiences, the media, or the opinions of others. It all starts with the right mindset.

Get Excited About The Positive 

The fear of failure is the barrier between the things you want to achieve and your current state. The way through it is to start focusing more on the things you’ll achieve from taking action rather than the fear itself. Oftentimes, failure is never a sign of the end. At most, it leaves you with a lesson that will guide you in the future. Inaction, on the other hand, leads to wasted times and eventual regret. The next time you fear taking action due to fear, remember you may be missing out on two things – learning a lesson and the potential of succeeding.

Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff

Think of the last thoughts you’ll be having on your deathbed. Will you be sad over the time someone told you you were not good enough or will you feel regret for giving up due to the opinions of others?
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When next you are feeling overwhelmed by a negative experience, ask yourself if it would matter in a month or year from now. Cultivate the habit of focusing on the important things even when you experience little setbacks.

Recognise The Power You Have

The degree to which something affects you depends on your reaction to it. No matter what problems you face, you can always do something about them. Instead of dwelling on the ways that problem has handicapped you, start thinking of the best way you can respond to it to ensure success.

Look Closely At What You’re Afraid Of 

Sometimes fear is the result of preconceived notions that have little to no evidence backing them. To find out if your fear is warranted, consider all the evidence that supports it as well as the evidence against it. This evidence can be drawn from current data or positive past experiences that disprove the thoughts causing that fear. If the evidence against the fear is greater than the evidence supporting it, that means the fear shouldn’t hold as much weight as it holds in your life. For instance, someone with a phobia of flying may get over their fear when they come across data that the risk of being killed in a plane crash is far lower than the risk of being killed in a motor vehicle accident. You can apply this kind of reasoning to any area of your life that causes you to fear. Featured Image Source: The Every Three Weekly
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This article was first published on 19th July 2021


My name is Samuel Okoruwa. I am an ardent researcher, reading is life and writing is fun.

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