The literary genius of Ralph Waldo Emerson said this,
Fear sits at the back of our minds and prevents us from going for dreams and escaping monotony. Fear is crippling.
So, how can you overcome fear?
Initially you have to move beyond this: someone will always criticize you. It’s true. No matter what, you’ll always receive some form of criticism.
The fear of not being good enough is what stops most people. This exact fear is why it has taken me six years as a business owner to blog about my experience. I thought, “Who would read it? Who would care?” But in order to make progress and grow, moving past that fear is imperative. What’s the worst that could happen?
Quoted from one of the best movies of all times, I think Scotty’s mother in The Sandlot said it best,
Know this: you are good enough. You do have talents and capabilities that make you unique and can pave the way for you to make your mark on the world.
Do you think anyone, upon their deathbed, has regretted reaching high?
Leo Babauta is one my favorite writers and bloggers. His advice has prompted me to make some very needed and progressive changes in my life.
He has written A Guide to Beating the Fears that Are Holding You Back.
His 9-steps seem so simple, but are revolutionary if you think about it:
2. Write it down.
3. Feel the fear.
4. Ask yourself: what’s the worst thing that can happen?
5. Just do it.
6. Prepare yourself for battle.
7. Be in the moment.
8. Small steps.
9. Celebrate every success!
The hardest part is being bold enough to begin.