Facing your fears: Overcoming the paralysis of fear.
Remember ten years ago, when the new year of 2000 was destined to bring gloom and doom with our computer systems crashing and the world coming to an end? Well, we know what really happened. The world didn’t stop turning and we are still here. The thing that caused the frenzy and panic was one simple word: FEAR. Zig Ziglar says that FEAR simply stands for False Evidence Appearing Real. He’s right. All too often we let fear of the unknown rule our lives. Many of us are paralyzed by our fear and we let it force us into inaction.
Don’t let yourself be paralyzed by fear of the unknown. Take the bull by the horns and look forward to new challenges. Changes in your life may be the worst things that ever happen to you, or the best things that ever happen to you. The difference is your attitude and how you handle those changes.
Develop a plan for the future and be flexible enough to adjust it when surprises come. As I learned in the military, no plan ever stays intact past the moment of execution. All the best planning in the world will not foresee everything life can throw at you. But taking the time to develop a thorough, flexible plan allows you to work with a purpose while still handling the changes that come along.
This year, don’t let fear of the unknown force you into complacency or paralysis. Identify what you want your life to look like one year from now and five years from now. Determine what it will take to reach those goals, then break the plan down into small, measurable chunks. Measure your success as you complete each chunk so you know if you’re on track to reach your goals. If you’re off track, adjust the plan to get back on the path. If the goal is truly important enough to you, it’s worth planning and adjusting to reach it. Stick to your plan and have a great, goal-reaching year!
– Matt Wegner
Matt Wegner is a personal finance, career, small business and leadership coach dedicated to teacher his clients to the tools for L.I.F.E. (Living In Financial Excellence). Start enjoying L.I.F.E at www.financialexcellence.net.