What prevents us from taking action? Perfectionism, distractions and waiting for the right conditions are common reasons, but the foremost reason is fear of failure. It is essential that you learn to confront and tackle your fears if you wish to gain success. It is not that successful people are not afraid, they just don’t let fear come in the way of their actions.
Avoid perfectionism: insisted on waiting until everything was 100 percent favorable before they took action. We must be willing to make an intelligent compromise with perfection lest we wait forever before taking action. It’s still good advice to cross bridges as we come to them.
Preparatory distractions: People try to build strength and get ready with office chats, coffee breaks, sharpening pencils, reading, personal business, getting the desk cleared off, TV and dozens of other little escape devices.David J Schwartz – The Magic of Thinking Big
Define the worst case: What doubts, fears and ‘what ifs’ pop up as you consider the big changes you are planning to make? What’s the permanent impact on a scale of 1-10? What is the actual likelihood of this actually happening?Tim Ferris – Author – 4-hour workweek / Tools of Titans / Tribe of Mentors
Confront your fears: People give their fears much more time than they deserve. They wait to make the personal visit or phone call, write the e-mail, or present their proposal because they’re afraid of the outcome.
All the excuses in the world won’t change one simple fact: that fear is a sign to do whatever it is you fear—and do it quickly.
I am scared most of the time. However, I refuse to feed my fear with time and allow it to get stronger. I opt instead to get things done quickly.Grant Cardone – Author – The 10x rule / Sell or Be Sold
It’s imperative to realize that it is not necessary to try to get rid of fear in order to succeed. Rich and successful people have fear,rich and successful people have doubts, rich and successful people have worries. They just don’t let these feelings stop them. Unsuccessful people have fears, doubts, and worries, then let those feelings stop them.Harv Eker – Money Coach, Author – Secrets of the Millionaire Mind
Whatever you are the most afraid of is exactly what you should conquer first. This proves to yourself (don’t do it to prove to anyone else) that you can achieve things you previously thought were unthinkable. It starts you down a path of success.Sunil Saxena – Author – Massive Action equals Massive Results
Courage is not an absence of fear; courage is fear walking.Susan David – Author – Emotional Agility
Top Books to help Overcome our Barriers to Action
There are all forms of barriers (large, small and imaginary) that prevent us from taking action. The simple truth is that the more energy we give these barriers, the more difficult it becomes to take action. These books are some of the top books written, that will help you overcome your fears and move forward towards your goals today.
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