Overcome Your Fear

Our greatest accomplishments are often linked to instances when we are able to overcome fear. Fear is a barrier that keeps us from being the best version of ourselves. It is the fear of failure that usually keeps us from taking action.

A quote by Ambrose Redmoon says, “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.” This quote reminds me that it is easier to overcome fear when we are fueled by desire. A desire to achieve something that is important to us.

Fear is not eliminated. We just find we are able to temporarily ignore it. Just enough to act.

‚ÄúThere is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure,” said Paulo Coelho.

Fear can also feel like uncertainty. We hesitate, or we miss an opportunity because we are uncertain. I have a friend that is always saying, “Know your plan. Work your plan.” The work becomes taking action even when you feel stuck by adjusting.

Where do you need to adjust your perspective to overcome fear?

Are You Able to Focus on Your Goals?

“Concentration is the ability to think of absolutely nothing when it is absolutely necessary. “– Ray Knight


Today, focus your energy, clear your head, and achieve!

Now is the time for just one thing–Focus on your goal. Calm your mind. Quiet all of the distractions surrounding you. Concentrate on the one task at hand.

What in your life distracts you? In the moment of need, silence your brain and allow yourself to stay focused. Save your worries about tomorrow and guilt over yesterday’s failures for another time. Maybe you need to meditate, pray, or simply spend a few moments quietly gathering yourself before tackling the project at hand. Now is the time for just one thing–reaching your goal.

It is amazing what a little bit of focus can achieve when you need to get something done. Make today the day that you can achieve something you have been working on for a long time.

The 3 P’s of Success

Let me warn you, success requires more than just 3 P’s. On the other hand, success isn’t achieved without the 3 P’s. Here they are in no particular order:

  1. Persistence. Following through on intent is the first step toward improving success. Generate the drive to continue working toward your success every single day. Don’t ignore the roadblocks, but learn from them. Adjust your course and keep going.
  2. Persistence. Getting past the failures is not easy. This is where persistence really gets tested. When you feel you have run out of options, failure can seem overwhelming. But before you give up, think about other resources you may have to help you find a new path. This could come in the form of a mentor, a book, a historical figure, a role model, a friend, or a family member. Sometimes we can forget the image of success. Remind yourself about your goal, and discover the motivation to continue.
  3. Persistence. Success doesn’t happen overnight. Most times success requires consistent effort over a long period of time. Small wins accumulate and allow for success on a much larger scale. Passion is the fuel that will keep you going when the path gets long. Connect your daily progress with the passion that created your goal in the beginning.

When is the last time you encountered failure, and decided not to give up?

What’s Important Now?

Are you busy and driven by what needs to be done right now? Is your list of projects long? Do you feel you always run out of time to get the best result?

If this describes the way you work, it is time for a little reflection. Pausing occasionally and thinking about the future outcomes you want to achieve can help you reach those goals. Having a clear picture of your destination makes getting there easier. Without taking the time to create that vision, you might find yourself drifting from your main journey.

If there was one best practice to help in this regards, everyone would learn it, and everyone would use it. Unfortunately, one solution does not work for everyone. Only through practice will you find what works for you.

There are a few things I do to help me. Maybe some of this will also help you.

1. For longer term projects spend 10 or 15 minutes every day to make some progress. It is easy to procrastinate when a deadline is six months away, but for me, the result is better if I spend just a bit of time working towards that deadline.

2. Before you spend too much time towards your goal, clarify it. Sit back and think about what success looks like. Develop a plan to achieve the specifics of that vision.

3. Know what is important today, tomorrow, next week, and next month. Keeping the deadlines for your responsibilities starts with knowing the expectations. If you are given a task, make sure you ask about the deadlines.

4. Minimize distractions and trivial tasks. Delegate, eliminate, and delete what you can. Then sharpen your focus on the few and important things that will matter.

Some days, it is easier to list this than to actually do them. But with practice, it does get easier. What methods do you use to stay on track?