4. Keys to Achieving Goals: Know Your Fears
Another important barrier I frequently see with my clients is in the domain of fear. Many of us secretly fear rejection, failure, being hurt or humiliated, or that we will never be perfect or good enough. These can be present even in people who appear very confident and fearless on the outside.
Practice: Take time to journal and ask yourself the following questions. What prevents me from achieving this goal? What am I afraid of? What is the worst thing that can happen? What will happen if I fail? What will it mean? Write down the first thoughts that come to mind. Don't censor.
While overcoming your fear may take time, simply naming it can allow you to engage with it, thus limiting its power. When you know what your fear is, evaluate what it will cost you if you were to keep listening to it. How will your life look like in 5, 10 or 15 years if your fear remains in power? The answer to this question will fuel your courage to overcome it.
There is such an abundance of resources on overcoming fears, from podcasts, videos, books to online workshops. Pick what resonates with you and start turning things around. Dealing with limiting beliefs and fears might seem like a detour from reaching your goal. In my experience though, clients who jump into action without addressing these first, unnecessarily lose a lot of precious time and resources.
In the next blog post you will read about how to deal with goals that are too big, too difficult to achieve or too overwhelming.