Fear is the number one thing that keeps us from having what we want.
Now I’m not talking about the kind of fear that keeps us from walking down a dark alley in the middle of the night. What I’m referring to are the fears that keeps us from living, growing, achieving – such as fear failure, fear of judgment, fear about the opinions of others, and for many even the fear of success.
As a result of this irrational fear, we convince ourselves that there is nothing we can do to improve our situation, e.g. that we don’t have what we need, we aren’t smart enough, or it’s too risky. So, we don’t do anything and accept where we are.
The truth is: when we really want something, there is always a way to overcome fear.
Truly successful people have ONLY two things in common:
They believe in a dream, vision, or goal
They believe in this so much that they will do ANYTHING to reach it. As a result, they tap into the invisible and unlimited power of perseverance. Perseverance is a God-given force inside each of us, which only a few choose to access. Successful people harness the power of perseverance by simply refusing to quit. This is easier than you might think. Those who achieve their dreams DECIDE that failure is not an option and, as a result, they access the power of perseverance.
The second thing successful people do is face each fear head-on
They call the fear out from the dark recesses of the subconscious mind. By naming a fear and facing it, we shine a light on our innate ability to overcome that which we fear.
Fight the Fear
One of my most well-known quotes is “When we face our fears, we grow our faith.”
The words first left my lips in a workshop where I was explaining how to tackle the fear of failure. As I retold an event in which I had to overcome fear to get what I wanted, I felt that now-familiar sensation of perseverance pumping through my veins. It has been learning how to access perseverance, and thus learning how to overcome fear that has helped to grow my faith.
Perseverance is an energy force that anyone can tap into to do great things.
To access perseverance, we have to FACE fear. Most of us reach for our faith (in God) when we are in trouble, but it is actually when we face our fear that faith actually grows. It is through that faith that we push through the fear.
How to Push through the Fear
We don’t always recognize what it is that is holding us back, which is why so many tend to settle for less than what they’re worth. We all have fears. Some we might be aware of and some we might not. To recognize fear and face it head on, the process works like this:
DECIDE on a dream or goal
The biggest issue with fear is that we don’t decide what we want.
FEEL the fear
When you think about your dream or goal, you WILL feel fear. This does not mean that you won’t get it, rather it means that you’re afraid you won’t. Do not let this fear dissuade you.
FACE the fear
In order for faith to grow (Faith in ourselves, and faith in God), we simply have to face the fear. Look at it, feel it, make it conscious; bring it into your awareness.
When we face the fear, we are able to access the God-given power of perseverance to PUSH through fear and resistance. Just search your body for the feeling of perseverance (it will feel the exact opposite of fear)
By facing and pushing through the fear, our faith grows more, and we are able to access more perseverance.
The key is to PUSH through fear. Name it. Move forward in spite of how it feels (because it doesn’t feel good at first). Decide that failure is not an option. Once you do this, you’ll quickly feel the energetic sensation of perseverance. As you use that energy, you will find your faith growing, and then your ability to face the fear grows with it.
With the soulfulness of Wayne Dyer and the entrepreneurial spirit of Richard Branson, Terri is a world-class business growth expert, social impact investor, and serial entrepreneur whose purpose is to inspire potential. With her own money, Terri built a portfolio of purposeful companies, Share On Purpose, Inc., and now invests in and creates mission-driven start-ups.
In a career that spans more than 25 years, Terri has launched, owned, sold, rebranded or turned around more than 40 companies. She is known for her game-changing business models and personal transformation frameworks.
Everything she built came directly from a wellspring of perseverance and soulful resiliency, which she openly shares through her first purposeful brand, Succeed On Purpose.