Does fear hold you back from living the life you want? Do you find fear creeping into your mind when you are trying to make a choice or take the next step? Have you put fear in the co-pilot seat, or worse, is fear flying your plane?

To grow up hopes and live out dreams, you need an infusion of courage. When you step out onto your unique path, the faint of heart will falter. Tight rope walkers do what they were trained to do – put one foot in front of the other and walk across the gap. If they focused on the ground and the potential of the fall – they probably would. 

Developing a fearless attitude begins with an understanding of the different types of fear.

What Fear Plagues You?

Real Fear

Our bodies were designed with a fight or flight instinct to protect us from harm. If you are walking along the trail by the river and come across an angry momma alligator, fear will probably put your flight instincts into overdrive. Real fear comes from a real and present danger.

False Fear

The mind will play tricks on you. It runs scenarios through your brain, determined to keep you focused on the imaginary, so you don’t push through with the reality of the moment. If you are at the aquarium and pass the alligator display and then spend the rest of the visit worrying about the alligator breaking out and coming just for you, false fear is playing a distracting role in your life.

Crazy False Fear

During stressful times, the mind often goes into overdrive. Instead of tricks in the moment, the mind concocts outrageous situations. Worrying someone installed a trap door in your inground pool while you were asleep so the said person could open the said trapdoor and release angry alligators as soon as you jump is an example of crazy false fear. Bad experiences in the past (or bad memories from a movie you watched as a kid) can provide fertile ground for crazy false fears.

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All Fears Feel Equal

All fears create the same sensations. The brain activates the fight or flight response and releases hormones and nerve responses. Changes in your body include hyperawareness (think spidey senses without the radioactive spider bite), dilation of the pupils, and a rise in the heart rate and blood pressure. All of this happens, so you are prepared to respond correctly to the fear.

Your false fear will cause as much of a response as your real fear, and left unguided, any of your fears will push you to responses you may not prefer. You will flight when you need to fight (or fight when you should have flighted). 

A young girl climbed up the cliff to impress the guy who caught her attention. She leans over the cliff to stare at the waters below. Fear begins to creep into her mind, and she wonders why on earth she thought jumping off a cliff would get his return attention. 

She watches for a moment as the people ahead of her take the leap before her moment of truth arrives. Will she give in to the fear, back away from the edge, and find another way down, or will she take the leap.

It doesn’t matter which fear you are facing. You have to determine if you will face the fear and leap or back away.

Building a Fearless Attitude

The more grounded you become in what you are doing, the easier it becomes to push past the fears. 

NEWSFLASH: Fears show up no matter how far you progress. Ask a professional musician or actor if fear makes an appearance before they take the stage, and the answer will be yes. They step out anyway because they know once they do, their talent and experience will lead the way.

You have to be determined in your goals, set on reaching your dreams, and invested in growing hope to keep the positives and possibilities flowing.

What are you doing? 

If you haven’t taken the time to design a business plan, now is the best time to do it. If you don’t know what you’re doing, then fear will have a foothold for all you attempt to do.

A young girl watched the Olympics and became mesmerized by the air acrobatics of the divers. “I want to be a diver,” she declared. If you don’t know what you’re doing, then fear will have a foothold for all you attempt to do.

When you define your goals then you create a foundation in which it is more difficult for fear to root.

Are you positioned to do what you want to do? 

Without the skills and training, or the experience from years of investment, fear will find places to scatter seeds of doubt and worry.

A young girl climbed a cliff after practicing for months. The diving competition provided her the first platform to show off her training. Her heart raced as she looked over the edge to the waters below. 

She watched for a moment as the other competitors went before her, but when her time came she stepped up (heart still racing), took a deep breath, and allowed her training to drive her forward. 

Are you willing to do what it takes to reach your goals? 

You can want to. You can train to. Until you are committed to seeing it through, you won’t.

The young girl stared at the cliff, unwilling to start the climb. “What if I lose?” Her doubts about her training and experience plagued her, making even the climb seem impossible. Something she had done before, more times than she could count, suddenly seemed overwhelming.

Fear does that. It tells you what you know you can do and what you have done in the past is no longer possible. Even though your mind wants to argue, the fear drowns it out. 

Only when you become so determined to reach your goals that nobody and nothing can convince you otherwise will you begin to drown out the fear. You can want to. You can train to. Until you are committed to seeing it through, you won’t.

What are you feeding your mind? 

The things you invest in today will dictate how you see your tomorrow. 

A grandfather shared the story of the heart with his grandson. “In you lives two wolves. One will lead you to great things. It represents the hope and dreams you want to live. The other will lead you to troubles. It represents the doubts and fears which will hold you back.”

The grandson thought about it for a long time. “Which wolf will win?” He asked his grandfather. 

“The wolf that you feed.”

If you want to live a fearless life then you have to be ingesting fearlessness.

How to Be Fearless

You don’t get perfect with practice. You get perfect with perfect practice. In other words, you have to practice exactly what you want if you want to create a habit for that response.

When it comes to having a fearless attitude, you have to daily practice fearlessness.

  • Speak positives. Your words have power. Speak the possibilities about what you want and where you are going. Call it your mantra. Call it your motto. Just make time to call it out.
  • Speak positives. Your words have power. Speak the possibilities about what you want and where you are going. Call it your mantra. Call it your motto. Just make time to call it out.
  • Speak positives. Your words have power. Speak the possibilities about what you want and where you are going. Call it your mantra. Call it your motto. Just make time to call it out.

You become fearless when you know what you want, you believe you can, and then you keep doing until you get there. 

It is that simple, and it is that challenging. 

Will you dare to be fearless in pursuing your dreams? Share some of your thoughts about building a fearless attitude to reach your goals.

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