Every week I get an an from One-Minute Motivators. These are a short, motivational messages that always get me thinking. Below is a great one about FEAR (or False Evidence Appearing Real)
If you’ve been scared to take an action because of fear… Keep reading.
Take Action to Overcome FEAR
— by Bill Mansell
Fear is the greatest enemy of any professional. Fear of looking silly prevents many from giving enthusiastic effort. Fear of rejection causes an otherwise excellent sales person to dread cold calling. In fact, statistics show that over half of the sales presentations in America end with no attempt to close whatsoever. Why? Fear of failure. Fear, fear, fear. It can leave us paralyzed and ineffective.
What is the cure for fear? ACTION! If you are afraid of rejection, make more cold calls. If you fear ridicule, make your actions audacious and dynamic. If you worry about failure, sharpen your skills and then use them.
Theodore Roosevelt put it this way:
“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered with failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”
The truth is, most of the things we worry about never come to pass. The word FEAR could accurately be made into an acronym which stands for False Evidence Appearing Real. So why worry? Take decisive action to cure worry and overcome fear.