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Are you holding yourself back from achieving what you want?

Sometimes in life we are our own worst enemy.

We hold ourselves back from trying something new, applying to a job and the list could go on.

If you are a risk averse person like me and many people out there, the fear of failure or rejection can stop us from pursuing our dreams.

I get it, it’s human nature in many ways to protect ourselves from adverse experiences.

I want you to stop, take a moment and ask yourself what area of your life might you be holding back in right now?

Are you not applying to a job because you don’t meet the qualifications (women do this much more than men)?

Are you not reaching out for an informational interview because you are afraid of not hearing back?

What about that business you’ve been dreaming of starting? Are you not doing it because you are afraid of failure?

We have all been there. Now that you are aware of it, what are you going to do to help yourself overcome fear or doubt?

I have a few suggestions of where to start:

1) Embrace the concept of feeling the fear and doing it anyways- if it feels overwhelming, take a moment to break down how you can work towards your goal through the small actions and think of little ways you can challenge yourself.


2) Fake it until you make it- sometimes in life we don’t know what we are doing but don’t forget that you ARE smart and capable. Try something new and you might surprise yourself with what you can achieve.


3) Instead of thinking about the worst-case scenario and all the reasons why something won’t work, focus on all the things that could happen if you keep trying.


4) Embrace the idea that you won’t know the outcome unless you try. If you don’t take any action you are guaranteed to not achieve your goal but taking any action, even if it’s small, at least gets you moving in the right direction.

Change is not easy and pushing ourselves is not easy. If any of this resonates with you, I challenge you to try something you have been wanting to try for a while but have been scared to. Share your goals with your coach, friends or family. Ask them to help you work towards your goals.

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