Even when feeling fear is quite normal, and it is something we know how to do instinctively in order to keep ourselves safe from danger, trying to face our fears can be a healthy exercise. This is especially true when fear is keeping us from achieving our goals and making our dream come true. Whether we are afraid of speaking in public or traveling by plane, learning to recognize and face our fears will give us that extra push of motivation we have been waiting for to become successful.
- Determine if you need to face your fear. We might be afraid of many different things, with some people being afraid of snakes, of planes, natural disasters, and a long list of etceteras. That’s why we need to remember that we don’t have to conquer all of our fears. We should simply focus on those fears that are, in some way, stopping us from doing what we love and reaching our life goals.
- Evaluate the level of risk. Once we have determined what fears we want to face and conquer, we need to take a moment to evaluate the level of risk they represent. For example, if we are afraid of heights and want to overcome this fear, going to the nearest rooftop might not be the safest choice. Instead, we might want to visit the highest building or landmark as long as it doesn’t represent a risk for us. This way, tackling fear will be easier.
- Come up with an action plan. Sometimes, we might have an idea of how to face our fears, but for some reason hesitate on taking the first step. This could be because we don’t know what the next step would be. In order to solve this, we should come up with an action plan, gradually working on it and taking small steps along the way. Creating a fear hierarchy will help us deal with just the right amount of anxiety to push us forward and conquer our fear.
- Look for a support group or a therapist. It is important to mention that if we are dealing with a phobia, we might not be able to conquer this on our own. For these cases, we may want to look for a support group or a therapist. This way, we would get the professional help we need to get over our fears if they are the result of a traumatic experience, for example, by working with healthy and effective strategies.
Fear is a powerful beast.
But we can learn to ride it.