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The 5 Minute Life Coach - Don't Let Fear Hold You Back - Issue 2
April 29, 2007

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"What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others." Pericles
"Be kind to unkind people - they need it the most."
"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around..." Leo Buscaglia
"Kind words are short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless." Mother Teresa

Don't Let Fear Hold You Back

Is fear of failure holding you back and keeping you from doing things you want to do? Itís time to break through the fear barrier.

"You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you."
Fear starts in your thoughts. To overcome fear you need to change the way you look at things and change the way you think about them. Fear is rarely a reflection of your current reality; it's usually a result of anticipating negative future events. Fears have a way of mushrooming when you keep thinking about them; they seem bigger than they really are. If you stop feeding fearful thoughts, they lose their power.
"Cast down imaginations, and bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ"

The thing you fear the most is often the one thing that's standing in the way of what you really want. Don't let fear rule your life.

I'm sure you've heard the phrase, 'feel the fear and do it anyway'; it is possible to feel fear yet move past it and go for what you want regardless. You can learn to say no to fear.

In the past I've let fear hold me back from doing many things that I really wanted to do. I eventually decided that it was time to do something about it. I didn't want to get to the end of my life and be full of regret for all the things I hadn't done. I decided it was time to face my fears and push past them.

When I stopped to think, I realised that the things I feared rarely actually happened. Then, I started to ask myself, "What's the worse thing that could happen if I did ...?" "Would that really be so bad?"

I began to realise that I'd been letting ridiculous things stop me from stepping out of my comfort zone. I had a choice. I could carry on being afraid and let those fears stop me from doing things, or I could face the fears and go ahead and do things in spite of feeling afraid.

I decided that I wasn't going to let fear of failure stop me any longer.

"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do." Eleanor Roosevelt
I encourage you to press on and do what needs to be done, if necessary, do it afraid. There is no magic solution. The key is to recognise the fear for what it really is and refuse to let it hold you back from your dreams. The antidote to fear is faith.
  • develop a clear strategy for overcoming your fear
  • begin taking action
  • do something every day towards overcoming fear
Your plan will never be perfect. Make adjustments as you discover what works and what doesn't. When you start taking action the fear will begin to lose its power. Keep focused on your plan and take some action every day.

"Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear Ö is fear itself." Franklin D Roosevelt
"Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain." Mark Twain
Fears will probably resurface from time to time; they have a habit of creeping up on you when you're not expecting them. Just tell them that you're not going to listen to them, take a deep breath, reach out to God and dare to live life the way you want to live it. You have better things to do than to live scared.

When you step out of your comfort zone and start to do things that you've been afraid of doing you soon begin to discover that the fear was bigger than the thing itself and there really wasn't anything to be afraid of. Things are rarely as bad as you think.

Don't let fear rob you of your dreams. Do something towards overcoming your fears every day. Keep pushing through and silence your fears forever.

"The only known cure for fear is faith." Lena Kellogg Sadler
Take a look at Build Your Faith you'll find Scriptures to help you believe that you really can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.

Lynne Recommends

Maximum Confidence by Jack Canfield of Chicken soup for the soul fame. This audio series will help you create more positive relationships with yourself and others.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. Discover the 7 habits all successful people share and how to make them a part of your everyday life.

Boundaries Face to Face by Henry Cloud and John Townsend. A practical handbook on positive confrontation. Setting healthy boundaries improves relationships.

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