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5 Thoughts on Overcoming Fear and Self-Doubt

Don't make uncertain things, certain

Stop acting like failure is certain. It’s not.

Who says you’re going to fail? Just because someone else got rejected from that job doesn't mean you will.

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5 Thoughts on Overcoming Fear and Self-Doubt

5 Thoughts on Overcoming Fear and Self-Doubt

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Fear-based decision making

It's when you let your fears or worries dictate your actions (or, in most cases, your lack of action).

The unfortunate result is that you don't do the things that you say are important to you.

Low stakes goals

Don’t pick goals where the stakes are low. Failing in a safe zone is just a clever way of holding yourself back.

If you fail inside your comfort zone, it's not really a failure, it's just maintaining the status quo. If you never feel uncomfortable, then you're never trying anything new.

Nobody is rooting for you to fail

Maybe you'll succeed. Maybe you'll fail. For the most part, nobody cares one way or the other.

The world is big and you are small, and that means you can chase your dreams with little worry about what people think.

Getting started

Just because you don’t like where you have to start from doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get started.

Feelings of fear and uncertainty have a way of making you feel unprepared. Consider the opposite: How long will you put off what you’re capable of doing just to maintain what you’re currently doing?

Don't make uncertain things, certain

Stop acting like failure is certain. It’s not.

Who says you’re going to fail? Just because someone else got rejected from that job doesn't mean you will.

The only real failure

 ... is not taking any action in the first place.

You don’t need to be great at what you do, you just need to be the one person who actually decides to do it.

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