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10 Tips to Using Fear to Ignite Your Courage to Change

“Focus on where you want to go, not on what you fear.” ~ Anthony Robbins

Fear can be debilitating.  It can hold us back from living out authentic lives.  It can keep us stuck in jobs we hate, in relationships that no longer work for us, away from earning the income we deserve, longing for more…  Here are a few quick tips for you to implement straightaway if fear and anxiety have a grip on you….

Better yet, join my 2 hour teleseminar, From Fearful to Fierce: Follow Your Passion to Create Your Life’s Work for much deeper exploration on this scary topic with the support of other like-minded women.

 1. Give yourself the gift of Fallow Time.   Shift your paradigm on “doing” as a way to get to your goal. Recognize that frenetic activity keeps you numb (whether it be inordinate time on the computer, tv, food, alcohol..).  Schedule in time to do NOTHING.

2. Journal.  Take on the practice of getting all the monkey chatter on paper.  You will notice that, after a few pages of puking your thoughts out, you will feel a sense of calm settle in.

3. Spend time with your non-verbal mind – what Martha Beck calls “wordlessness”. This might be focusing on your breath, doing a repetitive physical movement like walking, or doing something with your hands.

4. Move your body .  Whether you walk, take a dance break, join a Nia class, go to yoga or run, it’s all good.  Physical activity has a way of moving fear out that fills our brains with endorphins – that feel good stuff that will have you coming up with new ideas before you know it!

5. Full Surrender: notice and experience your fears in your body. Recognize that fear is normal. It means that you are moving out of your comfort zone – and that’s what you WANT to do. Fear doesn’t mean stop moving, it means you are starting to make a needed change. And, besides, it’s a marvellous time for a mud dance!

6. Take a Dump! When you are feeling particularly agitated, it is the time to reach out and call someone.  Most of us tend to want to work in isolation on this one. DON’T!  Call a friend, ask for a non-responsive space in which you can land your stuff and dump.  When you are done, hang up and go to instruction #4.

7. Build a village. Join or create a group of like-minded people who can offer you support. In addition to these peeps, seek out others who are already doing what you wish to and hook up with them, too.

8. Take on a attitude of Gratitude.  Practice stating 3 things you are grateful for first thing in the morning and last thing at night.  They can be as simple as an appreciation for a hot coffee mug on cold hands.  If you do nothing else, do this tip!

 9. If you have a spiritual practice, spend more time cultivating it.  It is easy to think we are on our own when struggling with fear.  Knowing that we are supported and having faith that all works out for the best can allow us to relax and see possibility.

 10. Love yourself wherever you are! Do this all with an attitude of compassion, rather than an attitude of struggle. Find ways to be gentle with yourself in this process.   Know that your timing is perfect and elegant.

Do you have any tips to share on how you deal with fear and anxiety?

Leave a comment below and let me know. Remember, the more specific you can be, the better. Your experience and insight helps us all.

Thank you, as always, for reading, commenting and sharing!

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