How to Overcome Fear and Doubt

Fear and doubt is the biggest enemy of creativity but it doesn’t have to be yours.  Although it (fear) is not something you can get rid of but you can tame it and build your faith to surpass your fear to the point where your creativity is not stifled. There two main reasons fear paralyzes so many people. I’m going to share them with you and share two techniques I have use in the past to overcome. Credit for these go to my mentors in the John Maxwell Team who have helped me grow so much over the past 1 ½ year.

 

Reason #1: Doubting your abilities

There is the voice of doubt that challenges us every time we make a decision to do something unusual, out of our comforts one or the ordinary.  This is in and of itself is not bad; it is perfectly normal. It is our survival instinct doing all it can to protect us from failure, embarrassment or emotional/physical harm. While helpful, this internal voice of doubt, left untamed, eventually leads to fear. So, it becomes imperative that we have to recognize it for what it is and respond appropriately. This voice cannot go unchallenged because ultimately, the ensuing fear will affect your faculties and creative mind to the point where you become paralyzed.

  • How to Overcome:
    To overcome this voice of doubt, you have to challenge it by recalling to memory and responding with the other great things – some of them seemingly insurmountable initially -that you’ve accomplished despite fear.  This voice demands an answer.  And until you do, it will be the dominant thought or mindset through which you filter all subsequent action or reaction. Responding to this voice is the only way I know (besides prayer if you’re a person of faith) to tame it. You have to actually recall these things and say them to your self – it know this sounds crazy but believe me, it works.

FEAR = False Evidence Appearing Real

Reason #2: Wanting to know everything before taking action

As humans, we usually feel that we must know every single detail about something before taking actions. This is due to the fact that we are in unfamiliar territory – out of our comfort zone. But this is a good thing. This means you are in a position to experience something new which will allow you to expand your horizon and grow. The fact is you will never see beyond your current horizon until you’ve taken your first step marching towards it and up to it.

  • How to Overcome:
    To overcome this fear of the unknown and the discomfort that comes with it, you have to suspend the requirements of knowing how. The point here is, you don’t know how to do anything until you’ve done it. You may think that you know but you’ll find out soon after you have taken the first step that you really don’t. So, once you know what your first step is, start taking action. Once you do, you’ll realize that there was really nothing to fear. Collin Powell said it best when he said “[When making decision], once the information is in the 40 to 70 range, go with your gut.” Action is one of the main elements of building your faith. So, step out of your comfort zone!  Growth takes place outside of it, not in it.

How about you? How do you deal with fear and doubt? Share your tips in the comment section below.

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