Fear of Getting Started

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Fear of Getting Started

Have you been putting off working toward a goal or a dream? Have you already convinced yourself that your goal is worthwhile but you’re having trouble getting started? Oftentimes, the hardest part of achieving our goals is getting started. Fear of failure, fear of change or even fear of success can make us reluctant to make our dreams a priority. The following simple yet powerful strategies will help you set your dream in motion!

Stop waiting.

I’ve been putting off starting my blog for far too long, coming up with all sorts of reasons to procrastinate. I simply didn’t feel “ready”. I was waiting for an inspirational “Aha! moment” to fill me with a surge of motivation and catapult me into action. The reality was that I was putting my dreams up on a shelf. I felt mentally restless and disempowered. I realized that I had to stop waiting and start despite my fears. How do you do that?

Shift your focus toward your goal.

Instead of denying your fears, play this little trick on them: purposefully direct your mind to taking action toward your goal. According to MIT neuroscientist Earl Miller, our brains cannot focus on more than one task at a time. This means that while you are actively taking steps toward your goal, you cannot also be consumed by fearful thoughts. Shift your focus to taking action. Your fear will get less of your attention as you progress toward your goal. You’ll feel better because instead of focusing on what’s holding you back, you start to feel good about the direction you’re moving toward.

Expand your comfort zone.

Each time you take action despite your fears, you diminish your fear and increase your confidence. The discomfort you once felt is replaced by joy, satisfaction and surprise because what you once were afraid of isn’t that scary anymore. Congratulations, you’ve expanded your comfort zone! Once you expand your comfort zone, it never shrinks back to where it was before. Now that’s worth celebrating!

So, ready or not, will you get started?

Comfort zone cake

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  • Georgia Wong
    Posted at 09:08h, 14 May Reply

    Encouraging and helpful post. Great work.

    • mona
      Posted at 09:20h, 14 May Reply

      Thank you so much, Georgia!

    Posted at 16:08h, 24 April Reply

    Congrats Mona!!

    • mona
      Posted at 21:08h, 24 April Reply

      Thank you so much, Khaled!

  • Patty Benjamintz
    Posted at 23:30h, 23 April Reply

    CONGRATS on launching your blog!! What a great first read too! ‘Will give it a try 😉

  • Patty
    Posted at 23:11h, 23 April Reply

    CONGRATS on launching your blog!! What a great first read too! ‘Will give it a try 😉

    • mona
      Posted at 23:13h, 23 April Reply

      Thank you Patty!

  • Araz Hamian
    Posted at 10:12h, 22 April Reply

    Woo to the hoo on getting past your fear and launching! Great first article. Look forward to reading more.

  • Aaron Shori
    Posted at 08:38h, 22 April Reply

    how true it is that our brain cannot multi-task and imagine our fears at the same time. Act first and courage will follow.

    • mona
      Posted at 08:48h, 22 April Reply

      Yes, while it’s not intuitive that courage follows after action, you nailed it in that that is really how it works!

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