4 Steps To Get Past Your Fear Of Starting

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You have the idea, you have the desire, but yet, you can’t seem to put one foot in front of the other, so to speak. Fear. It’s something that happens in almost every single one of us at some point or another and can be the determining factor between success and failure.

Will your fear prevent you from reaching your full potential – or just getting started as the case may be?

If you’re currently stuck in a sea of fear and don’t know how to move beyond it to take action to get where you want to go, the following four tips can help. Realize that some of the most successful people in the world have fear as well. The difference is that rather than letting it hinder them, they use it to their advantage.

NonJobs | Get Past Your Fear Of StartingIdentify Your Worst Case Scenario

In many cases, you’ll find that this deep routed feeling of fear you are experiencing has been blown way out of proportion. You feel the fear as if something catastrophic is going to happen if you don’t succeed.

99% of the time, this isn’t the case. Combat your fear by identifying your worst case scenario. If your effort led to the greatest possible failure, what would happen?

Identify this. You might be surprised that it really isn’t as big as you were making it out to be. Just knowing this can help put that fear to rest.


Consider The Potential Loss With Inaction

Another trick to squash fear is to think about what you have to lose if you don’t take action. While it’s easy to get caught up in what you have to lose if you aren’t successful, what about if you don’t even try?

Feel the pain associated with that and it might just prompt you to get moving.


Another technique that helps many people get past their fear is visualizing success. Spend ten minutes a day lying quietly and simply visualize yourself being the success you dream of.

Really feel it.

That can create enough internal drive to take action that you are able to push through the fear.

Or, if there is something specific that you fear, visualize yourself experiencing that and being okay. This too can weaken its hold on you.

Turn Past Failures Into Positives

The fear you are experiencing is likely associated with a failure of some sort. But remember, nothing is a failure if you learn from it. Think back to other times in your life when things didn’t go quite as you had planned. At the time, you were likely upset, disappointed, and felt like the world was against you.

But now looking back, can you see a lesson in all that? Has something come out for the better because of that ‘failure’? In many cases, you’ll find it has and that can help you reframe your mind of what ‘failure’ really is.

See it as a learning experience and learning is something you should never fear.

There you have four fast and relatively easy tips to help you overcome your fear. The sooner you can put this behind you, the sooner you can get on to seeing success.

What tactics do you use to overcome your start-up fear?


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Author: Shannon Clark

Shannon Clark holds a degree in Exercise Science from the University of Alberta, where she specialized in Sports Performance and Psychology. In addition to her degree, she is an AFLCA certified personal trainer and has been working in the field for over 12 years now. You can learn more about her at ShannonClarkFitness.com.