One of the earliest things we learn in Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway are Susan’s Five Truths About Fear. As we’re talking about Fear Truth #4 in this month’s newsletter article, we thought we would do a full review of all five here.
Truth #1: The fear will never go away as long as I continue to grow.
If we step outside our comfort zone and continue to push the boundaries, we will always feel some fear. The key is to know that if you are feeling fear, you are growing as a person, and one step closer to being where you want to be.
Truth #2: The only way to get rid of the fear of doing something is to go out and do it.
If you wait for the fear to go away before attempting to push past your comfort zone boundaries, you will wait forever. You have to push through and just do it.
Truth #3: The only way to feel better about myself is to go out . . . and do it.
If you are waiting to have enough self-esteem to do something, again, you will wait forever. The only way to gain self-esteem is to show yourself that you can handle it.
Truth #4: Not only am I going to experience fear whenever I’m on unfamiliar territory, so is everyone else.
You are not alone in your fear. Everyone, we mean EVERYONE, has to face their fears in order to reach their goals. No matter who it is, they have felt the fear and did it anyway.
Truth #5: Pushing through fear is less frightening than living with the underlying fear that comes from a feeling of helplessness.
To put it bluntly, would you rather feel fear or would you rather feel like a loser? When we don’t face our fears, when we stay in our comfort zone, and remain fearful. Living in our fear, we become victims who blame others for their misery. That doesn’t sound like a good way to live at all.
Susan, of course, writes much more extensively about the Five Truths About Fear in Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway. This blog post is just a reminder that fear is the only thing holding you back.