How many times have you missed out on opportunities because you were too afraid to act?  You spent too much time thinking about what might go wrong instead of focusing on the potential for success.  Too many times we end up talking ourselves out of taking action because it would require us to step out of our comfort zone.  Resolve to be aware of the risk but have the courage to be successful.

Stop the Negative Talk (Thoughts):

  • I’ve never done it before.
  • It won’t be good enough.
  • I’m not good enough.
  • I can’t do it.
  • I’ll probably fail.
  • I’m going to fail.
  • What if I make a mistake?
  • What if I fail?
  • Why do I even bother?

Ask yourself:

  • What will happen if I am successful?
  • What is the worst thing that can happen?
  • What am I afraid of?
  • Is this FEAR real or imagined?
    • If the FEAR is REAL
      • What must I do minimize the risk?
      • Can I prepare for the challenge?
    • If the FEAR is NOT REAL
      • Why am I afraid?
      • Is there an emotion tied to my past that’s associated with my FEAR?

Start the Positive Talk (Thoughts):

  • You CAN do it.
  • You will finish this task no matter what.
  • You will be successful.
  • You have the ability, You must do it.
  • Start moving in the direction of success.
  • Obstacles are there to challenge me, I will deal with obstacles if they appear.
  • I will grow through this experience.
  • I will be better because of the challenge.


Courage is being afraid but going on anyhow.  ~Dan Rather