Afraid to step out of your comfort zone? Dr Anthony Gunn explains to you how to face those fears head on and with confidence!
It’s okay to be wrong!
Mistakes aren’t all bad, yet the fear of slipping up can keep you in your comfort zone. Instead of worrying about making the wrong decision, embrace the possibilities that it could bring. Many great discoveries and accomplishments have been achieved by those brave enough to take the risk.
Think of a task you have been avoiding or putting off. Ask yourself, “What are the benefits of facing it?” If you truly want these rewards, focusing on them will give you the motivation to tackle what’s at hand.
Ditch the sabotage!
Often, if we think we can’t do something, we’ll unconsciously ruin our efforts in order to be proven right. Increase your self-esteem and open yourself up to the possibility that you are wrong about what you cannot do.
Many people take better care of their material possessions than they do of themselves. Put aside the time to look after yourself and don’t feel guilty about it. Shut yourself away from the world for an hour if you need to.
Write down your success!
Our minds can naturally focus on our shortcomings which can cause us to forget our victories. Don’t rely on your memory – write down your successes in your favourite notebook and use it as an ongoing source of motivation and inspiration.
Go against the grain!
It’s natural for us to follow the crowd – it’s an innate human survival instinct. However, this trait can also crush individuality. Take that original idea you have and act on it – especially if the crowd thinks that it won’t work.
Believe in yourself!
It’s a common misconception that believing in yourself requires complete confidence. Reject this kind of thinking – we all feel fear and it doesn’t mean we believe in ourselves any less. Having faith in yourself is about knowing you can handle your doubts, especially when they try to hold you back.
Face your fears!
What is your greatest fear? Answer: it probably relates to what people think of you. This type of worry can determine the house we live in, the clothes we wear, and even our careers. While we can’t get rid of fear as it is hardwired into our brains, learn to gradually acknowledge it and accept it by stepping out of your comfort zone, one step at a time.
Surf your discomfort!
People will often go to great lengths to avoid feeling the discomfort associated with trying something new. The good news is that if you sit with your anxiety, it will begin to decrease. Treat any unease like a wave and surf it – while the surge is initially very strong, it loses its strength the longer you ride it.
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