If you welcome a little fear into your life, big things could happen.
If you remove all the marketing gimmicks and promotion of tooth decay, Halloween is all about fear.
We watch scary movies and play tricks on our loved ones (or poor, unfortunate trick-or-treaters). We voluntarily walk into haunted houses and attend parties where we know our hosts have a series of events planned to terrify the crap out of us.
And what effect will that fear have as we emerge from the darkened movie theater? What will happen when we get in our cars (or stumble into taxis) and head home at the end of the night? What will the fear do to us the next morning?
Aside from a teensy bit of a hangover, we’ll all be just fine.
Because we’ll choose to feel the fear, because we’ll welcome it this Halloween, it will have no residual power over us. We’ll all feel it and just keep moving right along.
On past Halloweens, there have been temporary flashes of anxiety, a quickened pulse, some sweaty palms or a queasy stomach. But these were momentary pangs. In the grander scheme of things, the fear had no effect.
This realization quite literally changed my life. After recognizing that fear isn’t always bad, I stopped considering job offers that were making my eyeballs bleed, and I launched my business instead. I dealt with long-standing personal shit that was holding me back and haven’t regretted any of it, not for a second. So here’s my magical question for you: What would happen if you applied this “Screw you, Fear!” attitude to your life?
What if you welcomed the fear of public speaking and stood up to present your idea in the next big staff meeting?
What if you welcomed the fear of networking and walked over to that person on the other side of the buffet table to introduce yourself?
What if you welcomed the fear of being vulnerable and asked a colleague for (gasp!) help?
What would your career and your life look like if all those things you’ve been running from suddenly became as commonplace as laying out $12 to watch Freddie Krueger slash up Elm Street?
But I don’t know how to do X.
I don’t have enough connections in that industry.
Okay. And what are you doing about it? How can you close that gap so you have all the information you need to move ahead? What are you doing to expand your network so you’ll have a strong list of connections to help you achieve your goal?
You prepared yourself to cope with Freddie by taking your significant other or your best friend with you, so you had a hand to squeeze or a shoulder to bury your face in. Do the same thing when tackling your work-related fears: prepare as much as you can and then shut up and DO IT.
Starting right now, choose to embrace the things you’re afraid of, with the same welcoming attitude that you approach the fear of Halloween.
Muaahahahaaaaaaaaa! (That’s my evil laugh.)
Annika Martins is a business coach who gets entrepreneurs (and the wanna-be self employed) on track to bring in the revenue they need to live the lifestyle they want. Check out the freebie she’s giving to Brazen readers.