Facing Your Fears

Facing Your Fears: Sound Advice Careers

The number one hindrance to most people’s success is themselves. So often we know the way; we know the path we have to take… but we’re afraid to take it. We’re afraid of walking down that path. Even when we know the road and even have a map, the fear of not knowing what we’ll encounter along the way stops us in our tracks. And if that doesn’t do it, the fear of failure will.

If you want to succeed in life, you have to get out of your own way.

Fear doesn’t have to be your enemy. The very purpose of fear is to help you grow – it tests your boundaries, acclimates you to new and different situations and people and exercises your strength and sense of adventure. It is perfectly fine to be afraid – but keep going. Don’t let your fear prevent you from discovering what could be.

Getting out of your own way requires you to embrace the fact that you don’t know what you’ll encounter. Get comfortable feeling uncomfortable. The better you are at trusting your instincts, the more you’ll be able to handle anything life throws at you. In fact, a lot of unknowns can be wonderful surprises, rather than terrifying obstacles. It requires a mental shift.

Never let the present you prevent the future you from becoming a reality.

In the present you seek what is familiar; in the future you need to go beyond your comfort zone. While in the present you may sense a risk that may not be worth the reward, but the future you needs you to try anyway. While in the present you may let fear dictate the direction of your life, but the future needs you to learn how to manage your fear so that it exists as a rational entity and not a controlling dictator.

Let the future you come into fruition. Get out of your own way. Forge onto the path ahead.

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