What are you afraid of most? The truth of the matter is that we all have something that we fear. However, choosing to let that fear debilitate you or simply guide you is the difference in whether or not fear will overcome you or you will overcome fear.
While some individuals are braver than others are, it may be easy for others to make light of your fears. It is easy sometimes for others to simply tell you not to be afraid. However, in really conquering fear, there are some useful and handy tips that you could use to put your fears to rest.
One of the best ways to overcome a fear is to acknowledge it. Do not be ashamed of your fear. Know that it is real and it exists in your life and do not hide it from others. If you are afraid of heights or small spaces, that is nothing to be ashamed of – it is simply part of who you are.
Let others know your fears, but only if you trust them. And, if others find out your fears and try to use them against you, do not give them the power to do so. Let them know that you are not bothered by them knowing your fears. The sooner you acknowledge those fears, the sooner they lose their momentum.
Face them Head On
One of the quickest and most efficient ways to overcoming fear is to face it head on in your life. For example, if you need to speak in front of others, the best way to really overcome that fear is to do it and get it over with until next time.
Another example is if you are a nanny and afraid of that first rejection after asking for a raise. Go ahead and ask anyway. It is not uncommon to receive a rejection the first time, and this is where you can learn to negotiate a little bit. Go ahead and take action anyway.
You will find that each experience will make you stronger for the next.
Once you have acknowledged your fears and faced them head on, continue to take small action steps frequently to keep those fears in check.
When faced with a choice of the elevator or the stairs, take the elevator if you are afraid of them. Even if it means waiting for someone else to ride up with, do not let your fears be bigger than you are.