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  • Writer's pictureMichele Andorfer

Don’t Let Fear Hold You Back

Have you ever had a burst of inspiration, or a determined drive to do something new, only to be instantly thinking of all the reasons not to do it?


That moment of “crashing back to earth” could also be seen as us reverting to our comfort zone. Sometimes, we are so afraid of making the wrong decision, we end up doing nothing at all.


But imagine how much we could achieve if we didn’t let those limiting fears get in the way of our decision-making! Sure, you could spend the rest of your life playing it safe. I’m sure you would be fine – but is “fine” really the word you want to use to describe your life when you come to the end of it?


Wouldn’t you rather use words like brave, curious, and confident?


Here’s an example. Let’s say that you decide you want to use your valuable experience and skills to strike out on your own and start a business. That’s a big step – and one you certainly need to think about. However, what you should not do is let fear get in the way.


Look logically at the situation. Do you have savings to fall back on if something goes wrong? Could you work part-time as you’re getting the business started? Do you have family and friends who can support you through the journey?


These are all sensible questions that can help you make informed decisions – but they aren’t letting fear take over the decision.


Ask yourself - what’s the worst that can happen? When you start a business, it could fail. Now, really imagine the scenario: Can you survive it? Can you think of ways to cushion that blow?


Fear of failure in itself is not a good enough reason not to go after what you want. Remember that if you fail, you can always pivot and adjust and move on.


Every experience we go through shapes us and teaches us something. So why not take that leap and learn something along the way? Our fear might be telling us that there might be heartache at the end of that jump – but what if there isn’t? You just might achieve exactly what you wanted!


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