What are you most afraid of?
You probably have something that comes to mind. Fear is something that we have all dealt with at one time or another in our lives, whether that’s something defined, like fear of heights, or something not-so-defined, like fear of not achieving our goals.
Many people define fear in different ways. But really, it all comes down to this: fear is simply a mental roadblock that manipulates your reality. It is a false illusion.
Fear is powerful because it starts mentally—in your imagination—and eventually becomes physical, when it imprisons you.
Think of it this way: fear wants to make you a prisoner so that you forfeit your potential. Fear is the prison we create that prevents us from perceiving what is possible for our lives. You can conquer fear and live your dreams in four easy steps…and they all start with A, so you can easily remember them!
The 4 A’s Of Facing Your Fears
A lot of people simply want to pretend that they are not afraid of anything. But they don’t realize that what you ignore doesn’t go away. You must acknowledge it if you want to conquer fear.
You know what they say: the first step is admitting you have a problem. Once you admit to having a fear, then you can take steps to get through it.
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If it helps, you can even write down your fears so that you can get your thoughts together into a cohesive form.
Assessment is essentially analyzing the fear to figure out why you’re afraid.
I remember when it was time to take my business to the next level. I had been given some contacts, but I was afraid to take any action because I was afraid of rejection. Fear had me frozen, and I was quickly becoming frustrated.
As I assessed the fear, I realized that my trepidation was the only thing standing in the way of my business going to the top. I was essentially standing in my own way. If I hadn’t assessed the fear, I would still be frozen by it.
If you can get to the “why,” you can get rid of it entirely. Fear always has its roots. Find them before you try to uproot the whole plant.
Examination without execution is useless. If you want to work past your fear, you have to implement a plan of attack.
My fear was calling my contacts, so I attacked by doing exactly what I feared. By making phone calls, my business grew. When I started pushing myself beyond limitations, doors opened for me. My plan of attack was a huge success.
Your fear is not a wall, as you may think. Attacking it may prove to be easier than you’d expect. Don’t feel as though you can’t be afraid – just do it despite the fear.
On the other side of your fear is your future. Most of the things we fear are for no true reason. Fear wants to create a false reality for you so that it can take control.
I learned that my fears were not real. My fears were simply internal chatter that was stopping me from achieving my goals. Once I silenced the chatter and took charge, I began to see significant change in my life.
Fear will always seek to reduce, restrict, and rob you of a higher quality of life. Fear is a crippling emotion that desires to rule over you. Next time you feel it take hold, use these four A’s to conquer fear for good.
You may be apprehensive; however, remember that even the bravest people have fear sometimes. The only difference between them and everybody else is that they don’t let their fear rule them.
Jamelle Sanders is the CEO of Jamelle Sanders International and is committed to empowering entrepreneurs and leaders to live up to their true potential and to profit wildly in their businesses. Jamelle is a life coach, author, leading empowerment specialist and highly respected thought leader. Jamelle has successfully empowered leaders and entrepreneurs around the world to succeed in business and in life.
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