Be Honest with Yourself

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In the most recent Leap Forward Coaching e-newsletter we discussed “taking bold leaps of faith in the major areas in your life.” A key step in acting courageously is acknowledging your fears. Take your fear and stare it down, refusing to give it power over your life. Saying “I am afraid to apply for that job” is not enough; it is important to pinpoint the motivations and anxieties lurking behind that fear. Be specific; say, “I am afraid I will be rejected, or “The new position won’t have the security of my current job.” Then, for each fear, write a converse truth: “If I apply I might get the job,” and “Every new job brings new opportunities for growth and development.”

In some cases, you may need to accept the fear — without letting it control you. After all, it is possible that you won’t get that promotion, your manuscript may not get published, or that relationship might fizzle out. In these cases, determine whether the possibility of greatness is more powerful (and important) than your fear and boldly take the appropriate next step.

Action item: Think of a fear that is holding you back in your personal or professional life. Use specific words to pinpoint and describe the motivations behind that fear. Then boldly declare your intention for an action that will reject that fear.

Being honest about your fears and their causes can help you refuse to allow your life to be dominated by them!

Action item: Think of a fear that is holding you back in your personal or professional life. Use specific words to pinpoint and describe the motivations behind that fear. Then boldly declare your intention for an action that will reject that fear.

Being honest about your fears and their causes can help you refuse to allow your life to be dominated by them!

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