Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.” ― Jim Morrison
There aren’t many moments in history in which shying away or deciding to do something “another day” has yielded any result. It’s the same for individuals who purposefully stay away from something that they want to achieve.
Putting off what you know needs doing does nothing but promote a feeling of sadness and regret.
Being brave isn’t something that we’re born with; it’s a mindset. And that’s not to say that even the bravest that walk amongst us never feel fear. They do, they must — but they manage it in a way that allows them to pursue and achieve their goals.
So what makes one person braver than another? Just one thing: The way they think.
When fear starts to creep in and jeopardise goals, consider the following:
How scary can it actually be?
It’s often the case that anticipatory anxiety makes things feel a lot worse than the reality of doing it. It can even make something that has every potential to be a pleasant experience, seem like a nightmare. Why should public speaking be terrifying, when it can be exhilarating and fun? Why should the prospect of a new job or business be overwhelming, when it could be liberating?
Are you prepared?
The well-known phrase “fail to plan; plan to fail” is true. Preparing well for any opportunity will make you feel much more solid. Removing the potential for stress and anxiety will allow you to focus on enjoying a situation, whilst feeling unshakeably confident.
Can you speak on it?
Being afraid is common. No matter the challenge, you can be sure that other people have also faced it, feared it and worked around it. Internalising fear can make it sound louder in your own head. Talking to somebody you trust helps to lighten the mental load and help you focus on a brave reality, rather than a false sense of fear.