“The opportunity needs to be bigger than your fear.”
Have you ever wanted to do something to improve your health, but FEAR arose and stopped you from acting?
You’re not alone.
Fear is one of the top five reasons why people don’t act. Why people procrastinate and why people give up on their goals and dreams.
Fear shows up when we think about and step into the unknown; something new that we’ve never done before.
It doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s bad fear. It’s just the body's response to something new because we all have a set point in our lives, i.e., our comfort zone.
However, we can get addicted to the emotional response we get from our comfort zone even if parts of that comfort zone are unhealthy.
We’ve all been there in some way or maybe you are there right now.
I used to be addicted drinking alcohol. I began drinking to help feel more relaxed in a social setting, but soon it became something I would reach for at the end of my day.
It was something I leaned on to help me unwind. Without it, I felt more stressed, slight brain fog, and less energy. This is because my body was constantly processing the toxins produced by alcohol.
As time went on I found that I was developing more toxicity symptoms and it was having a negative impact on my health.
It was very hard to stop because I feared that I wouldn't be able to socialize as well. This of course was something I had made up in my head and was my way of trying to fool myself into continuing to drink.
It took me deciding that my health, life, and work were far more important than potentially feeling awkward socially.
Strong WHY is Essential for OVERCOMING FEAR
Every single person who overcomes adversity or conquers a fear has a WHY – a reason that motivates them to act in the first place.
The thing is, you have more control than you think you do when it comes to finding reasons that motivate you to push past your fear.
You may not have the willpower or the drive to decide to overcome your fear, but you can intentionally seek out inspiration, accountability, and better opportunities to achieve your goal.
If you have trouble connecting with your WHY or finding the motivation to follow through, it can be helpful to start by putting some safeguards in place.
6 Principles of Safeguarding
1. Empowerment – Find mentors, books, information that empower you to achieve your health goals. Example, visual every morning each that you’ve accomplished your health goal.
2. Prevention – Research and do the things that help prevent poor health. This includes eating well, regular exercise, meditation and destressing activities like Qi Gong, Yoga, etc.
3. Protection – avoid things that drain your energy like negative thinking, focusing on things that you don’t have any control over, spending time with negative people, watching and listening to the news.
4. Proportionality – You are a unique individual. Therefore, your needs, desires, and situation is different from everyone else’s. Rather than comparing yourself to others, focus on making small improvements every day towards your health goal.
5. Partnerships – Seek out support for achieving your health goals. You don’t have to do it alone. Know that God (Divine, Universe, etc.) supports you. So, thank God every day for that support. Also reach out and connect with other for support via in person, by phone and or online.
6. Accountability – Hold yourself accountable to your health goals by reminding yourself WHY you are doing it every day. Attach a big purpose to it. Like when you achieve your health goal you will go on a trip to somewhere you’ve always wanted to go. Or do it so you can be more present with your family.
Whatever it is it should be something that excites you.
Another part about accountability is ask a friend or family member to check in with you daily/weekly to hold you accountable.
To achieve your health goals (any goal actually) you must change who you are. You must become someone different, someone better than who you currently are.
Comment below if fear gets in the way of you achieving your health goals or other important goals?