Fear is an emotion induced by a perceived threat, which causes entities to quickly pull far away from it and usually hide.
Hide? LOL, Hell no!
When I first entertained the idea of having a one-word theme for an entire year to base not only my own actions, writing, teaching, learning and thoughts on but our entire Team’s ~ I can admit, I thought it would be much easier than it was.
Fearless was the word I chose, with Pioneer Outfitters, the 90th Anniversary of Pioneer, Alaska Chick’s Blog as well as my own personal challenges, in mind.
There are so many challenges we face.
As professionals and in our own personal lives there are always challenges of some nature to give us pause.
The real question is that is this a challenge? Or is it really a fear we have inside ourselves?
Challenges are defined as a call or summons to engage in any contest, as of skill, strength or something that by its nature or character; serves as a call to battle, contest, special effort or a difficulty in a job or undertaking that is stimulating to the one engaged in it.
A challenge certainly does not sound like a bad thing.
Challenges are a necessary part of growth.
Professional, spiritual, emotional and personal challenges are really, the only things we have a lot of the time to help push ourselves outside of our own comfort zone.
But what happens if one of those challenges triggers a fear?
A fear of heights to a Big Game Hunter, dreaming of harvesting a Dall Ram, a fear of horses to someone who dreams of seeing and experiencing the wilderness of Alaska the way it was meant to be seen or possibly even a fear of rejection from a new love; these fears can only be faced, for the person experiencing them to fulfill their dreams.
Professionally, fears can hold us back from advancement or promotion.
Fear can even destroy the business you have worked so hard to develop.
Many of these fears can also be put into categories.
A professional fear may come from past experience of what was termed a failure or loss, instead of the valuable lesson it may have also provided.
The fear standing in our path, may be simply an unknown and the lack of confidence we may have for trying something so new and different.
When we allow the challenges we encounter to step into fear territory, we give up our dream.
When fear is allowed to direct us from our path, we loose ground.
Monday Motivation was created to keep us all moving forward.
Meet that challenge (not fear ~no longer “fear” ~ it is now a challenge) with all you are and will be.
I will share with you here, what I have discovered that helps me to face all challenges and to walk my own talk to be fearless.
- Figure out what it is I am afraid of. Name it. Write it down. Figure out, if possible, when it became a fear.
- Talk to a trusted friend, peer, teammate or mentor about this fear. Everybody has fears of their own, so don’t feel shy or embarrassed!
- Learn all there is to know about this fear. Research it and learn all there is to know about it. For instance, if you are deathly afraid of meeting a Grizzly Bear in the wilderness, learn all there is to know to become “bear-aware”. Talk to experts or people who have experience with grizzly encounters. Much of the time, the more we know, the less we fear.
- Imagine the dream or goal you have in mind. Think about and then write out the dream or goal. Plan it out and leave out the fear (it has no place here, this is all yours!).
- Now, in this step you may choose to take a slightly slower approach than I do myself. JUMP! Or possibly, start a little slower and familiarize yourself now armed with knowledge and the comfort of preparation. But either way, be fearless, and begin.
- Remember as you become fearless, that baby steps are huge successes. Embrace them and congratulate yourself for working towards your dream or goal. Now that you have begun, nothing can stop you!
There is one more thing to remember, as you take this step.
You are not alone.
Others (maybe even myself) have this fear.
Others have become fearless.
Together, we shall be fearless as well.