Starting now you can create a performance action plan that is free of fear. Use our Goal Setting For Success guide to learn how to deal more effectively with your fears so they do not keep you from reading your goals.
Dealing directly with the source of our fears, means we must accept that we are the main culprit.
It is the tiny little voice inside each and every one of us, that if left unchecked, will work to destroy us.
"To succeed at goal planning it takes a person who posesses a strong will to win, and the patience to carry out the plan."
The tiny little voice, our self-talk, is the source of all of our fears. We spoke about the power of self talk earlier in this series so we won't dwell upon it here. However, we will provide some insight on how to manage your fears more effectively.
In order to take back control, and lessen the negative impact that your fears have on the quality of your life, ask yourself three very important questions:
People who are prone to be fearful, tend to immediately assume the negative effects of failure when confronted with a challenge. Not surprisingly, because they expect failure from the very beginning, they tend to get exactly what they are expecting, which only reinforces their negative belief system.
Through repetition you can train your mind to be more positive. It may be difficult at first to change your negative belief patterns, but with a greater awareness of what has been holding you back from achieving the goals in your performance action plan, you can become more optimistic, constructive, and effective. You can, in effect, become a happier and more successful person.
Condition yourself to work through these three steps each time you are fearful of a new situation. First, realize that your fear in holding you back from new and wonderful experiences, and decide immediately to leave your old fearful thoughts behind.
Secondly, visualize success. See yourself stepping out boldly and winning! Perceive yourself standing in the winner's circle, victorious.
Lastly, choose to believe in others; choose to believe in humanity and most importantly, choose to believe in yourself. If you don't believe in yourself, why should anyone else?
During the World War I, the French gave us a new word, which immediately jumped into popularity - camouflage.
When they wished to conceal cannons, torpedoes, tanks, machine guns, or any of the deadly instruments of war from the observation of the enemy's aviators, they covered them with foliage to avoid detection.
"The energy used by so many to avoid, put off and delay, can provide great rewards if only you'll route that same energy toward achieving your goals."
Some people learn to camouflage their worries and fears. The problem with this strategy is that our fears do not weaken or go away when we simply hide them from the outside world. Rather, they grow stronger until we force ourselves to deal with them head on.
Most of us think of the wonderful things we would do as part of our performance action plan if we could only get rid of the worries, the annoyances, the disturbances, and the larger things that defeat our worthy ambitions.
Yet, the real test we must take is whether we can fulfill our purposes to the letter; carry out our life plan superbly in spite of all the things that are apparently trying to detour us.
Are you going to create a performance action plan for a bette life, or are you going to give up and mope and whine, and go about your life wearing a long sad face; giving others the message that your life has been a supreme disappointment?
If you want to make the most of your life, you must learn quickly to accept the inevitable, however disagreeable, painful or distressing - and to do so not with a frown but with a grateful smiling face. In other words, you must acquire the grace and strength and security of a poised mind.
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