31 Days to a Dream: Face your Fear

fearI’ve talked about fear a lot on this blog – and with good reason. Perhaps the biggest thing standing between you and your dreams is fear.

It’s important to realize that fear is just a feeling and can be worked on. It will take an enormous amount of strength within to fight it off, but as long as you have the will to do it, you are halfway there. It is time to face your fears and achieve your dreams.

Establish what your fear is

It is only when you know what it is that you fear that can you actually work on surmounting it. Identify it. Put a name on it. You can’t tackle a fear of “the great unknown.” You CAN tackle a fear of snakes or of being alone or a fear of purple flowers. The first step is identifying exactly what you are afraid of.

Work on the fear

After you have established the root of your fear, work towards moving past it. Create a plan – yes, a plan. Write down your fear, then list some examples. Make a plan to do one of your examples.

For instance, if your fear is public speaking, lay out a plan on how to go about it and start small. Gather some close friends and family members and start giving speeches. Your next crowd should be neighbors, then go all the way to strangers.

Fear works by creating an illusion of something that really doesn’t exist. When you are finally ready for the world, learn some tactics to get you through. Focus on what matters most which, in this example, is the speech. Look right through the people’s faces instead of looking at them. What’s the worst that can happen while at it? The public is not out there to humiliate you but your fear is.

Get rid of the monster that keeps you from attaining what you really want. When this is done, you will have successfully faced your fear and taken a step towards achieving your dreams.

Reward yourself

Getting over your worst fear that is standing in the way of achieving your dreams is definitely a big deal. Not many people manage to get there. Did it? Reward yourself! Find something that will be a constant reminder of this great milestone.

Your courage to eliminate fear from your life has definitely brought you closer to your dreams. Life has such wonderful gifts to offer if only we have the much needed courage to go searching.

Show the world the new you and storm your way into your dreams.

am I dreaming?


Here are the other posts in this series:

Day 1: Define your dream

Day 2: Believe in yourself

Day 3: Believe in your dream

Day 4: Break out of the rut

Day 5: Go public with your idea

Day 6: Don’t fear failure

Day 7: Change your mindset

Day 8: Commit to your dream

Day 9: Celebrate small successes

Day 10: Stop Making Excuses

books by Nancy Sathre-Vogel

About Nancy Sathre-Vogel

After 21 years as a classroom teacher, Nancy Sathre-Vogel finally woke up and realized that life was too short to spend it all with other people's kids. She and her husband quit their jobs and, together with their twin sons, climbed aboard bicycles to see the world. They enjoyed four years cycling as a family - three of them riding from Alaska to Argentina and one exploring the USA and Mexico. Now they are back in Idaho, putting down roots, enjoying life at home, and living a different type of adventure. It's a fairly sure bet that you'll find her either writing on her computer or creating fantastical pieces with the beads she's collected all over the world.

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4 Responses to 31 Days to a Dream: Face your Fear

  1. Teresa Roberts May 10, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

    Fear can hijack so many creative ideas and what a bloody shame. When I feel fear nipping at my heels, I turn around and stare it down.

  2. Finn May 13, 2013 at 6:57 am #

    Woohoo! You posted again! Thanks, I love this series.

    • Nancy Sathre-Vogel May 13, 2013 at 7:02 pm #

      @Finn, Thanks Finn! I’ve got a few more ready as drafts and will be getting them up in the next few days.

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