Fear creeps into our life one way or another. It is a reality that we all face, but the question is, how do you deal with it? Fear can either make you feel disabled and paralyzed, or you can use fear to your advantage.
If you decide today that you are going to transform fear into a source of motivation and strength, then you are well on your way to achieving great things with your newly found super power.
Think of fear as flammable gasoline that you’re using to start a fire. Once you get the fire going, you don’t need it anymore. That is exactly how fear works. Use it to get YOUR fire going, and go out into the world and do great things!
Here are 5 Ways to Use Fear to Your Advantage:
1. Use Fear to Learn and Develop a Growth Mindset
When we face a challenge and we start to think, “I can’t do it“, that is a good indicator that the fear of incompetence is kicking in. This can be a good sign, because it could mean that you are setting some massive goals for yourself! If that is not the case, then the task that you are working on may be too difficult for you to do on your own, and that fear of failure is prompting you to learn how to connect with other people to achieve your goals.
This is a great opportunity for you to seek out mentors, a team, or supportive people to help you overcome the challenge that your dealing with. When fear appears in your mind, ask yourself, “What can I learn from this fear?” Asking yourself this question is going to give you the answers you need to solve the problem, develop new skills, or find the people you need to achieve greatness.
Asking yourself, “What can I learn from this fear?“, will also help you develop a growth mindset. A growth mindset is going to benefit you in two ways: 1) You will be more flexible in your approach. 2) You will have an easier time developing new strategies to get your desired outcome.
2. Fear is Your Signal for Action
When you experience fear, do your best to perceive it as a signal to get prepared for what is to come. You may have big deadlines coming up, or timeframes you set to achieve your goals. The fear your feeling is a signal for you to take action, and start accomplishing what you want to get done before your due dates.
Have you ever been in a toxic relationship? If you have, you know how it feels to have the feeling that something isn’t right. That you need to take ACTION. The fear of ending the relationship was a cue for you to do what you knew was right.
The same fear can be used in a business decision, or other important decisions that you make in your life.
“If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” Dale Carnegie
3. Have an Uncomfortable Comfort Zone
Creating a comfort zone that is uncomfortable is a great way to keep you on the right track towards your success. If you set a standard for yourself that keeps you active then you will have an easier time following through.
For example, if your goal was to go to the gym 5 days a week, you could tell your closest friends and family about the goal that you set for yourself. By doing this, you have set yourself up for success by creating a support group that will remind you and encourage you to stay true to your word.
This is one way to create an uncomfortable comfort zone, but you could also keep yourself accountable by continually asking yourself, “What could I do to make my comfort zone more uncomfortable? How would that help me arrive at my desired outcome?” By asking yourself these questions, you will be more aware of where you are in your comfort zone, and what you need to do to make it more uncomfortable.
“If you put yourself in a position where you have to stretch outside your comfort zone, then you are forced to expand your consciousness.” Les Brown
4. Use the Fear of Criticism to Focus on Your Supporters
The fear of criticism is common to every normal human being. It’s OK to experience this from time to time, because we naturally have the desire to fit in with other people.
Although it is common to fear criticism, you want to avoid letting this fear spiral out of control. Rather than focusing on the potential criticism, shift your focus on the people who support you, and are your biggest fans.
What you focus on will increase in your life. Maintaining a focus that is fixed on your supporters, and what is going right will keep your motivation high, and give you the encouragement to keep on going.
5. Be Able to Say, “I did my Best.”
Not living up to our fullest potential can be a HUGE regret that we could potentially face later on in life. What would your future self think about the effort you are putting out, and the decisions that you are making right now?
Imagine 5 or 10 years forward from today. You are reflecting back on what you have accomplished over the last few years, and you ask yourself a few questions.
What level of effort have I been giving?
Could I have done better?
Did I do my best?
Anything but your best could be a possible regret. You only have ONE life to live, so please, give it your all! When you are on your death bed, be the person who is able to say, “I did my BEST!”
“We have to do the best we can. This is our sacred human responsibility.” Albert Einstein
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Which of these 5 ways to use fear to your advantage are you going to adopt? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!