How to Defeat Your Fears!

In a prior post, Fear is Crushing Your Career,  I talked about how your fears are keeping you from the career success you have always wanted.  So now I want to help you defeat those fears.

I too let fear keep me from my career aspirations. I was worried about:

  • What if my transition to a new career didn’t work out?
  • My lack of experience would keep me from being successful.
  • What if my new boss was terrible?

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Those were just a few of the many thoughts racing through my mind. These thoughts, minor now looking back at them 6 years later, but at the time those thoughts were taking over my mind and keeping me back from a successful career.

In the past I worried so much about so many things that never ended up happening or were so far fetched. However, I eventually conquered these fears by changing my mind set. 

I changed my mind set from ‘I can’t do xyz because what if…’ to a mind set of ‘What is the worst case scenario if I do xyz and can I recover from the worst case scenario?’ With my new mind set of worse case scenario I have yet to find myself letting any fears stand in my way of what I want in life.

When we’re younger a lot of us are brought up to be risk adverse that results in consistenly playing it safe throughout our lives. Now, I’m not advocating that you have a willy nilly approach to life, not at all. However, the likelihood is low of you getting what you want out of life while constantly playing it safe.

Look at all of the widely successful billionaires in the world. Do you think any of them accumulated their wealth because they’ve played it safe? Hell no.

At some point they too pushed all of their chips to the middle of the table and took a chance. 

You too can find the success you have always wanted, but not if you keep letting your fears overtake your thoughts & emotions.

So let us take a look at what fears are keeping you from the career/life that you have always wanted.

First, what is the goal you have been wanting to accomplish?

Goal: Insert Your Goal Here

Next, what fears have been keeping you from achieving your goal?

Fears: Insert Your Fears Below

Fear #1

Fear #2

Fear #3

Fear #4

Fear #5

Now, ask yourself for each of these fears, ‘What is the worst that could happen?’

For instance, say your fear is ‘What if I’m not successful in my new position?’ Ok, then your worst case scenario is you go back to the job you have now, which is not your ideal situation, but at the same time it would not be the end of the world either. 

So next to your fears put the worst case scenario for each fear.

Fears:

Worst Case Scenario:

Insert Your Fear Here

Insert Your Fear Here

Insert Your Fear Here

Insert Your Fear Here

Insert Your Fear Here

Insert Your Worst Case Scenario Here

Insert Your Worst Case Scenario Here

Insert Your Worst Case Scenario Here

Insert Your Worst Case Scenario Here

Insert Your Worst Case Scenario Here

Finally, after you have identified each of your fears and the associated worst case scenarios now ask yourself, ‘Could I recover from the worst case scenario?’ Most worst case scenarios regarding your career you can recover from. 

So now go ahead and determine could you recover from the worst case scenario.

Fears:

Worst Case Scenario:

Could I recover from the worst case scenario?

Insert Your Fear Here

Insert Your Fear Here

Insert Your Fear Here

Insert Your Fear Here

Insert Your Fear Here

Insert Your Worst Case Scenario Here

Insert Your Worst Case Scenario Here

Insert Your Worst Case Scenario Here

Insert Your Worst Case Scenario Here

Insert Your Worst Case Scenario Here

Yes or No?

Yes or No?

Yes or No?

Yes or No?

Yes or No?

Now once you have identified your fears, determined the worst case scenario and asked yourself ‘Can I recover from the worst case scenario?’ do you think these fears are real or are these fears something you have worked up in your mind and made them such a bigger deal then they really are?

I would imagine your fears are more like excuses that you simply do not care to overcome and give you a reason to not push your chips to the middle of the table and take a calculated risk to achieve the career goals you have always wanted to accomplish.

So the next time you think about a goal and fears start telling you why you can’t achieve your goal simply turn to working through this exercise and you should be on your way to defeating your fears!

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