Conquering Your Fears By Action
Life has many doubts and fears. We are at a time in our society that adds to our doubts and fears….the economy, our own personal finances; status of countries in relation to our own country, status of our own personal relationships; and, the personal doubts and fears we already have.
Fear of the unknown and untried have been obstacles that have held people back more than the lack of our own ability. Most successes we could have are never achieved because we haven’t tried. The courage to face your fears can build momentum that creates forward action in our life. As a personal example, I am a pilot. When I took my flight training, I was petrified. I think it was healthy fear because it gave me a healthy respect for the art of flying. I wasn’t a cocky, overly confidently pilot but a cautious one that checked and rechecked safety with my checklist and didn’t take chances in the air. A healthy dose of fear can work to our advantage. If fear holds you back, then it isn’t working for you but serving as an obstacle in your life.
Every time you overcome an obstacle, a fear or a step back, you gain a healthy dose of confidence. When you get on the other side of an obstacle to a success, you can almost feel a surge in your confidence instantaneously. Every single victory, small or large, helps you feel more confident of yourself and your direction, it pushes you further and faster than you ever thought could be possible for yourself. You can do it!
If you find yourself doubting or fearful, ask yourself what is holding you back. Fears are intimidating. Start small. Believe in yourself so much that you take a small chunk of your fear today and see what happens. Remove just a chunk in some way. If you can’t talk yourself past the obstacle, ask a friend or family member to help you. Half of tackling your fears and obstacles is deciding to move forward and move beyond the fear and obstacle. If you fall down or take a step backward, don’t be afraid to get right back up, brush yourself off and get back in the game of moving forward to taking action.
Many of us that have weight loss surgery are very fearful of regaining weight. If you’re one of those post-ops, good for you! That is a healthy fear and a respect of your surgery and what it takes to continue to be successful in maintenance. Identify the healthy fears that work to your advantage. Become aware of those healthy fears, appreciate them for the purpose they serve in your life to take positive action toward your own personal success.
Believe In Yourself,
Cathy, ACC-ICF, CLC
Certified Life Coach, Weight Loss Surgery Coach
Certified Back On Track Facilitator