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The Fear PR

Monday March 26, 2018

When you face powerful emotions like fear and failure, do they stop you in your tracks or propel you into forward action?

Today I want to challenge you to set a “Fear PR” (PR=Personal Record).

Identify the thing in life that scares you most right now. The thing that keeps you from taking decisive action and moving forward. Ask yourself a few questions:

  1. What EXACTLY am I afraid of?
  2. What is the absolute worst-case scenario around this fear?
  3. Is what’s holding me back in reality or just in my head?

Often diving into what it is you’re actually afraid of will show you that the fear comes from the stories you’re telling yourself in your own head rather than reality.

An example on how I overcame my Fear PR is when I was training for my first marathon. I was scared to death that I would finish in last place. I had visions of me crossing the finish line without anyone there other than the cleanup crew. Other than my own pride, there wasn’t really anything to fear. In fact, just finishing a marathon is an accomplishment for most people. After I completed the race it hit me that my fear was just in my head. I could have used my fear to hold me back, but then I would have never finished my first marathon in 3 hours and 45 minutes!

Now go set your Fear PR! Tackle that fear head on. Tell yourself that this is just a stepping stone to your success. And if you “fail,” you get to have an incredible learning experience, since failure is just a slight derailment on your path meant to correct your actions to lead you to where you are supposed to be.

What’s the thing you can set a Fear PR on?