Avoid Letting Fear Beat You: Empower Yourself to Change Your Fear Story

Have you ever been presented with an opportunity that has the potential to totally transform your life, but you turned it down? Did you walk away from that opportunity for the simple fact that you couldn’t get past your fear of failure (or fear of success)?

I believe it wouldn’t be that difficult for every one of us to come up with one specific moment that presented itself with an opportunity of a lifetime, but ended up turning it down out of fear.

Take a moment and think of one. What was the opportunity that came to your mind? What made you decide not to take action? How did it make you feel?

Every opportunity that comes your way has one thing in common. Each one of them forces you to do something that the majority of human beings really struggle with. The one thing that I’m referring to is making a choice.

Why is making choices so hard for us? The answer to that question is quite simple, but the explanation is complex. It usually boils down to one emotion… Fear.

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Let me explain.

In a recent masterclass with Lisa Nichols, I learned that oftentimes fear is a story that evokes an emotional response to something that has not even happened.

What an impactful statement!

You see, fear is characterized by its orientation to the future, and that emotion is always about things that have not happened yet, but might. It depends on the story you choose to craft in your own mind, knowing full well that as the storyteller, you have the power to choose whether or not the outcome of that story is positive or negative.

If You’re Not Actively Pursuing Your Dreams, Fear Is Likely To Blame.

As a professional life coach and speaker, I have the privilege to listen to women from all walks of life share their greatest dreams with me. But I also learn about their deepest fears. Many of those fears are the only things standing between them and the choice to actively pursue the life of their dreams.

Many of the women I coach would say that they are not successful; at least they have not reached success in the areas that feel important to them. So, one of the first things I share…

Anita D Russell, Founder/CEO The Place to SOAR

Activism through Coaching | Author of Cultivating Change from the Inside Out: The Power of Being Human | Creating space for courageous conversation.