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How To Make Progress When You Are Terrified
You might not believe it right now, but we're all terrified. All of us who set goals for ourselves. Who want to try something new. Something that feels big. Change careers. Run a marathon. Write a book. Sometimes even the smaller stuff is terrifying. Like writing a brief for a new client.

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Reframe past “failures”

Thinking about our past mistakes usually brings us feelings of despair.

You can stop this by reframing your past failures by recognizing that you did the best you could with the information t...

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It’s OK to be uncomfortable

Putting yourself out there is very uncomfortable for most of us.

But try to remember that discomfort is pretty normal. It's just a feeling, nothing more. So allow yourself to feel uncomf...

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One step at a time

New projects can feel overwhelming, so imagining how you will get from start to finish it hard.

But you don't have to do it all in a day. Pick one small thing that will take you closer t...

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Celebrate how far you've come

Everyone has a dream. But not everyone is brave enough to act on it.

Be proud of your courage to start a new project.

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Adam Grant

"Ultimately, what we regret is not failure, but the failure to act."

Adam Grant

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Focus on the emotional reward

Focus on the feeling you feel after doing something that you know is good for you.

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It is a byproduct of self-discipline — it requires a method, not just a positive attitude.

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But by pushing ourselves too hard, we exhaust the mental muscles needed to stay focused, to avoid temptations, and to persist in the face of frustration or failure. 

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