I've always been afraid to put myself out there, but I'm tired of letting fear hold me back.
I've been talking about creating a podcast for years. I've been contemplating making reels for a while. I would get overwhelmed at the thought of doing either and freeze with fear. No action was taken.
I recently decided to let the fear be there. I realized I didn't have to figure out why I was afraid. I'm no longer trying to overcome my fear because that only keeps me stuck. Courage comes from taking action DESPITE fear. I'm letting fear ride with me, but I'm the one calling the shots. That's a massive shift.
I started posting reels on social media and I'm launching a podcast next month. It felt scary to take the first steps, but I'm so glad I did. I've already learned so much and I'm excited to see what the future holds.
One thing that has surprised me is how much I love to talk. Talking got me in the most trouble at school, so it's fitting (and funny) that this would be my favorite mode of communication. It helps that I have a lot to say when it comes to helping women heal the relationship with food and their bodies.
This got me thinking... does finding and following what we love require some amount of fear?
Here's what I discovered (thanks, Google):
Fear can help us to identify our true passions. When we're afraid to do something, it's often because we care deeply about it. Our fears can act as a signal that we're onto something important.
Fear can push us to grow and develop. When we overcome our fears, we build our self-confidence and resilience. This can make it easier for us to take risks and pursue our dreams.
Fear can add depth and meaning to our experiences. When we face our fears and succeed, the experience is all the more rewarding. We learn more about ourselves and our capabilities, and we gain a deeper appreciation for what we love.
I know firsthand that fear can be a debilitating force. The key for me has been to find a healthy balance between acknowledging my fears and taking action despite them.
The first step is to admit that you're afraid. Once you've acknowledged your fear, you can start to understand it better and develop strategies for dealing with it.
Some strategies that have been helpful for me:
Acknowledge your fear. The first step to overcoming fear is to admit that you're afraid. Once you've acknowledged your fear, you can start to understand it better and develop strategies for dealing with it.
Break down your fear into smaller steps. Large, daunting tasks can be overwhelming. Break them down into smaller, more manageable steps. This will make the task seem less scary and more achievable.
Focus on the positive. When you're feeling afraid, it's easy to focus on all the negative things that could happen. Instead, focus on the positive outcomes that you hope to achieve. This will help you to stay motivated and move forward.
I know I'm not alone in my fear of failure. I encourage you to join me and take action on one thing you've been afraid to try. You might be surprised at what you can achieve and how good it feels.
Until next time... cheers to our fears!