160 Ten Steps To Overcoming Fear And Doing Something Big

By Leslie Samuel | Mindset

Apr 23

Today's question: How do you go about overcoming fear?

Yesterday was an interesting day for me.

If you don’t already know this, I’m getting ready to leave my job as a University Professor, to pursue this dream of being fully self-employed.

But here’s the thing – I’m leaving an extremely secure job for the interesting (and sometimes unpredictable) adventure called entrepreneurship.

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Well, yesterday – I FREAKED OUT! I encountered fear!

Am I making the right decision?

I LOVE my job. Should I be leaving right now?

What if I fail?

These, and many more questions plagued my mind as I walked into the brand new anatomy lab that I played a HUGE role in designing.

As I sat in our faculty meeting with my coworkers who became like family, I realized how much I would miss them.

There was this vicious spiral of emotions that I went through – and yes, I became TREMENDOUSLY AFRAID.

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10 Steps to Overcoming Fear and Doing Something Big

Then I realized something – I’m not alone with this emotion. There are many people out there (maybe even you) that feel fear from time to time.

So, I decided that I was going to use my fear to help you out, and I came up with 10 things you can do to overcome fear.

Ok, ok – I have to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth . . .

I recorded this episode because I NEEDED it. Ok, there – you got it out of me. Anyways, by the end of this episode, I was rejuvenated, no longer fearful. Instead, I’m now ready to take on the world.

Overcoming Fear

To bring myself through the fear, I went through the following very important points.

  • Accept the fact that fear is a normal part of life
  • Answer the following question: What’s the worse that could happen?
  • Then answer this one: If the worse thing were to happen, what could you do to fix/rectify the situation?
  • What’s the BEST that could happen?
  • Compare the two. Do the pros outweigh the cons?
  • Create an ACTIONABLE plan
  • Take the first step
  • Take the next step
  • Surround yourself with great people and talk to them
  • Have faith

So if fear is something you struggle with, know that you are not alone.

In fact, if you are never afraid then you are living inside your comfort zone a bit too much.

If you and I are to change the world, we have to do things differently. We have to face our fears. We have to do what it takes, and yes – we will arise victoriously.

So go ahead and listen to the episode. It’s probably one of my favorites so far, and I think you’re gonna love it.

Transcript

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Learning With Leslie Learning With Leslie is a podcast dedicated to helping you build a business around a blog. No, not one of those blogs that will fall by the wayside when Google has a mood swing, but one that will thrive no matter what gets thrown at it.

I share tips and strategies that I’ve learnt building blogs since 2008 and interview experts who are knowledgable about various aspects of blogging so that we can learn from their experiences.

If you’re a blogger, thinking about becoming a blogger (pun intended) or are not even sure if blogging is right for you, go ahead and tune in to see what this blogging thing is all about.

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  • Thanks Leslie for this podcast! It was exactly the information that I needed to try to overcome the fear of starting a podcast. I just wanted to let you know that you provide excellent value and I enjoy listening to you on a daily basis and coming to your blog. I signed up with your recommended blog host that I found on your blog to get me started with a good platform. Thanks again and you keep me inspired every day!

    • You are so very much welcome Teresa. I’m so glad to hear that you decided to make it happen and start your podcast. That’s just awesome. Wishing you nothing but the best on this new journey 🙂

  • Amos Johnson says:

    Hey Leslie, that portion at the end of this podcast was one of the most real expressions of emotion and gratitude I have ever heard in a podcast. I am rooting for your success as you make this your full time thing.

  • Ellen Sun says:

    Hi Leslie, I love how you laid out the first part to help people realize the upside far outweighs the downside to keep us moving forward. I also liked the “take the first step”, followed by “take the second step”, too, lol, because getting distracted and losing momentum is often my problem. I was dead tired on this Friday night when I read your email asking for feedback. I got my energy level up to write you this comment because, well, I want you to have an awesome weekend! you have given me many awesome days listening to your podcasts! Thank you, Leslie.
    Ellen

    • Yep, first step then second step. It’s so easy to get distracted. Happens to me too, but we have to keep moving forward. Glad to hear that you are enjoying the podcast. That’s very encouraging 🙂

  • Tom Horn says:

    AWESOME podcast Leslie. Love your passion and ability to get your point across. Also, the last part when you were talking about your faith was very refreshing and inspiring, thanks for sharing.

  • Jen says:

    The biggest step for me seems to be to “keep producing” and to have a wonderful mentor like you!

  • rubel says:

    i read this whole post and glad to know this about 10 step of overcoming fear.i appreciate this post

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