9 Ways to Overcome Worry and Fear (by Career Expert, Pete Leibman)

Your mindset controls which way you go...

The 2 greatest obstacles to the achievement of success, happiness, fulfillment, and inner peace are fear and worry. 

Not talent.  Not effort.  Not money.  Not intelligence.  Not personality.  Not other people.  Not luck. 

The key to creating your ideal career and your ideal life is to learn how to develop a winning mindset and control worry and fear.

As someone who has spent many more hours worrying than I’d like to admit, I’ve learned that I can control worry and fear in my life rather than letting it control me.  I’m definitely not immune to bouts of worry and fear (hey, I run 2 of my own businesses!), but I have gotten much better about minimizing their impact, and so can you.  Here are 9 ways to overcome worry and fear, so that you can enjoy your life:

  1. Plan.  The first step to overcoming worry and fear is to develop a plan to gain control over whatever is bothering you.  Enlist a friend or family member to help you brainstorm some solutions.
  2. Take action.  Once you have identified a few proactive ways to overcome worry and fear, take action immediately and consistently.  Small steps add up quickly.  Action kills fear and builds momentum and confidence.  Inaction (aka procrastination) leads to more fear, guilt, and paralysis.
  3. Take breaks.  It can also help to put some distance between yourself and whatever is weighing heavily on your mind.  Go for a walk outside, hit the gym, watch/listen to something humorous, or do something else that’s fun or relaxing to you.  You’ll feel rejuvenated.
  4. Get inspired often.  Read, watch, or listen to something inspirational, or call a friend who has a knack for making you feel good.  Another idea is to look in the mirror and give yourself a short pep talk.  Sounds goofy, but it works.
  5. Remember past successes.  You have probably achieved much more than you give yourself credit for.  Remind yourself of times when you have overcome obstacles in the past.  You have done it before, and you can do it again.
  6. Give yourself options.  You’ll feel less pressure.  We often feel worry and fear when we feel like everything is riding on 1 event, project, interview, person, etc.
  7. Regain perspective.  Find a way to help someone in need or who is less fortunate than you.  You’ll realize how blessed you are, and your “problems” will probably look less significant.  You should also count your blessings every day; it’s easy to lose track of everything you have to be thankful for.
  8. Use comparisons wisely.  Worry and fear often result from feelings of inadequacy when we compare ourselves to other people who we think are “better” than us.  The only time it’s healthy to compare yourself to another person is if you look at someone “ahead” of you as a source of inspiration.  Otherwise, just focus on yourself.  We all have strengths and weaknesses.  That person who you think is “better” than you could probably find something they envy in you as well.
  9. Stay present.  We usually worry about potential events or circumstances in the future that probably won’t happen anyway.  Stay in the moment and just focus on today.  In his best-selling book, How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, Dale Carnegie refers to this as “living in day-tight compartments.” 

The key to success and happiness is to learn how to develop a positive mindset and control worry and fear.  EVERYONE has worries and fears, and you can control how you respond to these emotions.  Plan, take action, take breaks, get inspired often, remember past successes, give yourself options, regain perspective, use comparisons wisely, and stay present!

-Pete Leibman

-Career Expert and Professional Speaker

-Creator of The Dream Job College Tour




Blog: http://CareerMuscles.Wordpress.com

Twitter: @peteleibman

P.S. I speak about career success to students and young professionals nationwide.  To learn more about my programs and speaking availability for The 2011 Dream Job College Tour, please send an email to Pete@IdealizeNow.com.

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