If you want to achieve your goals, keep this in mind: unstoppable women feel the fear just like everyone else - they just don’t let it keep them from doing what they need to do! I find this idea refreshing because it takes away the idea that fear is a sign of weakness or that you need to be fearless.
Having fear is natural, it’s how you respond to fear that makes the difference. Jack Canfield, author of The Success Principles, says, “fear is something to be acknowledged, experienced and taken along for the ride.” He also says that all fear is self-created by imaging some negative outcome in the future. I believe that we invest so much energy into our fears that we talk ourselves out of going after our goals.
Here are a few ways to experience the fear and take action anyway:
revisit your commitment. Are you more committed to your fear or your goal? Your action or inaction will give you the answer.
do something, especially if everything isn’t perfect. Wanting things to be perfect is often what drives procrastination. Take a risk.
If you’re more committed to your goal, make a public declaration. For example, when I was writing my eBook, 52 Ways to Practice Self-Care and Create More Joy in Your Life, I was procrastinating on finishing it, so I made a public declaration to finish my book by a specific date. That way, I was facing my fear and fulfilling my dream at the same time.
share your fears with someone you can trust so you can get support and connect on a deeper level.
Your turn, what are you willing to do to experience your fear AND take action? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Shannon D. Silva, MBA is the Founder and CEO of Unstoppable Women of Silicon Valley. Her specialty is helping women achieve their work and wellness goals by transforming self-doubt into COURAGE and procrastination into DETERMINATION. She also facilitates a coaching group called Unstoppable Women In Action.
Shannon shares her message through workshops, inner circles and retreats. She is a Facilitator of The Virtues Project and Appreciative Living Learning Circles. She is professionally trained as a Certified Self-Discovery Coach and a Dale Carnegie trained speaker. With a reputation for captivating audiences with her enthusiasm, authenticity and passion, Shannon is known throughout the community as a catalyst for joy, transformation and creative self-expression. She is the proud author of the book, “52 Ways to Practice Self-Care and Create More Joy in Your Life.”