Do you want to be courageous, but when you try, fear holds you back? Maybe you’ve almost asked out that person you like numerous times, but each time you get close, you suddenly lose the ability to speak. Perhaps you’ve been considering switching jobs for months, but every time you think you’ll actually do it, thoughts of unemployment scare you into staying where you are. It takes effort to overcome these limiting anxieties, but in this article, we’re going to talk about some of the most common problems that may be hindering you and strategies for getting over them.
The first, and perhaps biggest, trouble you may face when it comes to taking risks is the fear of failure or rejection. They may seem like the same thing, but that is a misconception. If, for example, you submitted work for a contest among hundreds of other people and the judges picked someone else as the winner, but gave you a high ranking, that may be a rejection, but is it really a loss? Even if you would consider that a defeat, you still learned from the experience. The only time you truly mess up is when you let yourself wallow in a setback and refuse to move forward. As long as you get back up and keep pushing on, you win, even though sometimes it may feel like the opposite.
Remember that failure is just one of many possibilities. One of the ways you can raise your chances of success is preparation. If you are going in for a job interview, for example, you can look up some common interview questions and practice your answers. You could even ask a friend or family member to pretend to be your interviewer and ask you some of the questions. The night before the interview, you might lay out what you’re going to wear to cut down on your stress level the next day. For a presentation for school or work, make sure you are well-versed on the subject you’ll be covering. You could practice giving your speech in front of the mirror or a group of people you trust. Maybe look up some public speaking tips on the Internet. There are so many resources out there to assist you in making sure you’re ready for whatever you are dealing with.
However, there may be times when you study and practice as much as possible, but you are still unsuccessful when the moment arrives. This can be disheartening, but instead of giving up, keep moving forward. To get into the habit of pushing on after stumbling, reconsider the way you think about mistakes. Instead of avoiding the topic, examine the reasons why you tripped up and try to learn from them. That way, on the next attempt, you will know what went wrong and how to fix it. Even if it takes you a hundred tries, eventually you will find the right steps to take to accomplish your goal. When you start to get discouraged, remind yourself that every failure is a chance to grow, and when you finally triumph, it will feel so much sweeter because of all the work you did to get there.
The second worry that could be keeping you from embracing bravery is the fear of uncertainty. For example, perhaps you’re a meticulous planner, and the idea of acting without first knowing exactly how and when to complete each step is uncomfortable for you. One way to alleviate this issue is by doing some research. Ask the people around you for assistance or browse the Internet for advice. This will make you feel more knowledgeable and soothe some of your concerns. Remember, however, that this stage can only take you so far. Most of the time, it is impossible to know everything about an experience before you go through it. Make sure that you are prepared but resist the urge to over-plan. Eventually, you need to take the leap.
To do that, start by learning to embrace the unknown rather than avoiding it. Yes, bad results can come from jumping into unfamiliar circumstances, but there can be wonderful outcomes, too. Choose to focus on the good possibilities, while being as ready as you can be for the unfortunate ones. Look at this step as a chance to grow as a person and gain new knowledge. By adjusting your thoughts, you can unlock your dauntless spirit.
There are many concerns that could be preventing you from reaching your full potential. By adjusting your viewpoint and allowing yourself to see failure and uncertainty as opportunities rather than negatives, your worries will go away and you will be free to be daring in your everyday life. If you would like more advice on how to be bolder, you can listen to our radio show titled “Learn How You Can Control Your Emotions by Being Courageous as You Live Full Out” by going to https://www.spreaker.com/user/8258120/learn-how-you-can-control-your-emotions-. You have the power to overcome your doubt and start bravely living full out.
Contributing Author: Ariel Zinkan