How to Overcome Fear and Pursue Your Dreams in 2024
Fear, an inherent human emotion, serves as a vital survival instinct. However, when it morphs into an impediment that halts our pursuit of dreams, it shifts from a protective mechanism to a barrier. Remember, fear is merely an emotion, a transient feeling. It neither defines your essence nor determines your destiny.
The first step towards conquering fear is acknowledging its existence. It's perfectly human to feel scared. What's not acceptable is to let fear dictate your life or hinder you from achieving your dreams. Embrace your fear. Understand its triggers. And could it be the fear of success? Is the fear of the unknown preventing you from venturing out of your comfort zone?
One of our revered guests on The Wellness Driven Life Show, Dr. Anna Yusim, offers a profound perspective on fear. She often reminds herself and others of the acronym FEAR - False Evidence Appearing Real. This powerful maxim encourages us to question the validity of our fears and realize that they are often based on unfounded assumptions or misconceptions.
*See Dr. Anna Yusim's brilliant Interview on The Wellness Driven Life Show HERE.
One effective way to manage fear is by drawing inspiration from those who have traversed this path before us. Connecting with like-minded individuals who have conquered their fears to live their dream lives can be a source of immense empowerment. Their journey can be a beacon, guiding you through your challenges.
By the famous saying that we are the sum of the people we surround ourselves with, we can learn not only from living individuals but also from figures of the past or those we don't interact with physically. We can absorb wisdom from books, blogs, and podcasts. Choosing positive influences sets the tone for how we appear in the world.
Allow yourself to be vulnerable to ask for help or even a supportive friend to share their stories of when they were fearful and how they moved past it. Share your aspirations with them. Their encouragement and positivity can become a potent antidote to fear.
Push through your fear and move towards your dream. If the thought of doing something scares you, do it anyway! Your potential, power, and victory lie on the other side. Remember, each step you take toward your dream, no matter how small, is a step away from fear.
Suppose you develop a new perspective that fear is your soul guiding you to success. In that case, every failure brings you closer to exactly where you’re supposed to be, instilling valuable lessons that success often doesn't.
Let's rehearse the famous saying, "Things happen for me, not to me," to alleviate the anxiety or depression that can stem from failure. Neale Donald Walsch, another esteemed guest on The Wellness Driven Life Show and author of "The God Solution," shared an enlightening perspective. He mentioned that if we express gratitude, even for life's difficulties, we can expect more feelings of appreciation to follow. It's the notion that our soul guides us to stretch and grow when we encounter hardships. Therefore, every difficulty is a celebration of evolution.
*See Neale Donald Walsch's brilliant Interview on The Wellness Driven Life Show HERE.
The crux of the matter is this: If you're not living your passion, you have nothing to lose. Pursuing your purpose full-time can bring about an unparalleled level of fulfillment and joy. So, don't let fear prevent you from experiencing this bliss.