Everyone has to deal with it.
Show me a person in the world that is afraid of nothing. I truly don't believe there is a person out there that has no fears.
Even the people that don't appear to be afraid of anything have fears. They have just learned to suppress or ignore them.
The sooner you can master your fears, the more successful you'll be. Nothing will hold you back from accomplishing your goal. Take cold calling for example. For some people, calling strangers on the phone and asking them for their business is not a problem at all. But for others, it is terrifying. So while today, we're going to focus on getting over the fear of cold calling, these strategies can really be used to master any of your fears.
Now before we get into how to master your fears, it is important to realize why we fear certain things.
Try to imagine yourself as an early homo sapien navigating the dangers of the world. I'm talking prehistoric times without civilization. If you're out living in the jungle and you come across a 20 ft. snake, that would scare most people. But hypothetically speaking, what if you aren't afraid of anything? So you don't run away from this beast. You continue on your way and immediately get killed by this huge animal.
So fear is actually a good thing. It is your biological "fight or flight" response to dangerous stimuli. It protects you from things that could harm or kill you.
But in today's world, our brains are so developed that fear has gone too far. We are now afraid of things that don't pose a real danger to us.
For example, there are certainly people out there that don't make a post on social media because they "fear" they won't get x # of likes. To them, they are fearing a loss of reputation. Now, I'm not saying to completely disregard your reputation. Your personal brand has never been more important than it is right now.
But try to think: is this going to have long term consequences to me as person? Walking past a 20 ft anaconda may. Only getting 87 likes on your instagram post will not.
Is cold calling a stranger closer to walking past an anaconda or only getting 87 likes on your instagram post?
Here are some steps you can take to see if your fear is rational: