70 Years ago Napoleon Hill wrote the classic book “Think And Grow Rich” .
He identified 6 basic fears that we all have.
But that was 70 years ago. Do you think things have changed?
Fear is one of the strongest emotions that you can ever have. It can work for or against you throughout life. We all have some kind of worry in one form or another. Some that fuel your success and some that suck the fuel right out of you.
Sometimes, we don’t recognize the emotions we have or actions that we take are some form of fear.
Do you recognize these?
- lack of ambition
- tolerance for poverty
- mental and physical laziness
- lack of initiative, imagination, enthusiasm, self-control
- letting others do the thinking
- sitting on the fence
- excuses to cover up, explain or apologize for own failures
- envy or criticism of the successful
- finding fault with others
- spending beyond earnings
- neglect of personal appearance
- frowning; nervousness; lack of poise
- excess use of alcohol or other drugs
- seeking out negatives
- knowing all roads to disaster but none to avoid failure
- pessimism leads to indigestion, bad breath and a bad disposition
- putting off until tomorrow what should have been done last year
- working on excuses rather than finishing the work
- refusing to accept responsibility
The first step to managing and conquering your fear is to recognize the emotions or actions that are holding you back from achieving success for yourself and your business. Understanding how to control your fears can be one of the biggest challenges you have. Learning how to direct the energies of your fears toward your success is your main objective to achieving success for you and your online business.
Here are 3 questions to ask yourself to help you face your fear and move you to success.
1) What would be the worst that could happen if I tried and failed?
We’ve been told numerous times to focus on the positive not the negative. However, it is important to identify what we fear. No one wants to fail. I give you this example and quote from Thomas Edison.
After Thomas Edison’s seven-hundredth unsuccessful attempt to invent electric light, he was asked by a New York Times reporter, “How does it feel to have failed seven hundred times?” The great inventor responded, “I have not failed seven hundred times. I have not failed once. I have succeeded in proving that those seven hundred ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work.” Several thousand more of these successes followed, but Edison finally found the one that would work, and invented the electric light. Failure is an attitude, not an outcome.
It is important to recognize your fear. Contemplate the worst case scenario. In most cases, the worst really isn’t that bad at all.
2) What would happen if I choose not to do this?
Too many times we choose to do nothing. It is easier and more comfortable to be passive rather than to take action and challenge the fear. So we become hesitant, procrastinating and failing to take action. This type of non action will result in failure in your life and your business and fear will control your life.
Every great man, every successful man, no matter what the field of endeavor, has known the magic that lies in these words: every adversity has the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit.
W. Clement Stone
3) What if I tried and succeeded?
Now that’s the positive approach and probably the first question you should ask yourself. How would that success impact your life? Would that success bring you happiness, financial freedom, more confidence? Focusing on the benefits you will achieve will give you the courage to conquer your fears and motivate you to take action.
In the end, the decision is yours. Is it important enough for you to face your fear in order to achieve your success and the success of your business? Is it worth the sacrifice and risk to take action rather than let fear and regret take control?
Keys to success... Research your idea, Plan for success, Expect success, and just plain do it! It amazes me how many people skip the last step! Practice being a "doer" and success will follow you every step of the way. Josh S. Hinds
We all know that oftentimes, the worst case scenario never happens.
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