It’s okay to be scared.
Heck, if it weren’t for fear, our first human ancestors probably wouldn’t have survived all the sabre-tooth cat attacks and massive woolly mammoth trampling that went on way back when! They saw teeth and giant tusks, they ran. Good: they lived to fight another day.
Much like anything else, the thing about fear is not that you feel it, but rather what you do with it. Depending on your actions, fear could propel you on to the next step in your life, or it can root you to the spot you’re on right now.
Being brave and having courage doesn’t mean that you’re not actually “scared” of something: often, the most courageous people out there become so in the face of scary odds that would make many of us turn to jelly. (Getting back in the ocean after a shark attack that cost you your arm
? Becoming a motivational, uplifting human being after being disfigured by fire
? Yeah, that stuff takes courage.)
It’s facing down challenges despite our fear that makes us brave, not being all “I fear nothing”. So how can you use fear and being scared to progress in your life? Part of it is about breaking down the seemingly overwhelming into smaller, bite-sized pieces that don’t seem so unsurmountable and fit in your head more easily. This can help you get to the bottom of what you really fear and how you could possibly deal with it, and could work for everything: from something as (seemingly) small as getting out of bed on a morning you just can’t, to something as massive as grieving a loved one.
We’ve rounded up some practical tools and resources below that can help you to break down your challenges into more manageable goals.
How to be fearless in life
We’re constantly hearing that we should back ourselves, believe that we’re good enough, never give up and be brave and fearless… But practically speaking, how do you actually DO that? Paula Dunn (entrepreneur, award-winning speaker and author of the upcoming book “The Limited Edition Leader: How Cultivating a Leadership Mindset Gives Teenage Girls the Confidence, Courage and Certainty to Thrive”) has created 10 Tips for Creating Confidence to Conquer Life – download it by clicking on the image below!
How to set goals and focus
Yes, goal-setting works for more varied challenges and plans than just running a marathon! Breaking down something you fear into its composite pieces and then figuring out how to deal with each piece step by step can be very helpful to make you feel less overwhelmed. Click on the image below to download our strategies to set goals and find out more about focusing better here
How to network
We feel stronger when we don’t feel alone or isolated, whether in life, at school, in love or at work. “Networking” is usually seen as something that’s only relevant to a “professional” context – but it can also help you build a support system of people you can call on in various challenging situations. Who can be your wise mentor, and who’s the person who can give practical help? Where can you find good advice about work, life and everything, and who can help you deal with emotional stuff? This is how you get an effective network going. Click on the image below to download!
How to maintain a good work/life balance
Because when we’re exhausted, it’s easier to become overwhelmed and afraid… Here are some basic tips to help you juggle life, studying, working and yourself
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