Make a Chart of Pros and Cons
These charts are very popular decision-making tools. At the top of a piece of paper or electronic document write the action or decision you are scared to take action now to accomplish. One one side put all of the pros – the reasons you should take action now. On the other side, put all the cons – reasons you should not take action now. If the pros outweigh the cons, then get moving with confidence that you are doing the best thing.
Ignore the Fear and Push Forward
This is a simple sounding alternative. This means you simply move. You just get up and take action now. Even if you are afraid. Even if it is scary, you pull up your big girl panties and move forward. This method of taking action now may be the easiest because you do not have to think or plan or give reasons. Instead, you simply go ahead and do what needs to be done.
Make a List of the Best and Worse Possible Outcomes
This is my personal favorite. Whenever I am faced with a decision, I figure out what is the worst thing that happen. Next I figure out what is the best thing that can happen. If I am able to handle the worst case and the best case that will happen, I can move forward with confidence. This analysis confirms that I can handle whatever will happen. If I can handle the worst and the best, I can move forward with confidence.
Start A Journal of Times You Faced Fear and Won
It is hard to take action now and move forward when you are afraid. Fear can make you think that you cannot succeed. It can also make you feel that you have a history of failure rather than a history of success. A way to combat this is to keep a journal of the times you have acted when you were afraid and walked away with success. Then, whenever you are afraid to act, go read the journal to get the strength and encouragement to take action now and succeed.
Recruit a Friend to be Your Cheerleader
From time to time, we all need help to take action now and move forward. At some point in almost everyone’s life, there comes a time when she is afraid to move and needs a friendly push. So, right now before you need it, go and recruit a friend whose sole mission is to give you that push or swift kick in the rear that will spur you on to act. Let her know he whole job when you call her is to tell you, “Yes, you can do it, so get up and take action now.”
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It is magnificent to take action now and win because there is no reward for fear. So, the question for you this magnificent day is when are you going to stop letting fear control what you do?