Facing fears and finding success

In the dictionary, fear is defined as “a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid.” In reality, it’s the pit in your stomach; the lingering thought in the back of your head; the hesitation before the leap; the voice telling you “no,” when you want to say “yes.” It comes in many different forms: the fear of failure, the fear of change, the fear of losing control, the fear of not being good enough. The list goes on and on.

Warren Buffett has America’s second-highest net worth and it continues to grow, despite his giving away billions. His company, Berkshire Hathaway, is the fifth most valuable public company in the U.S., with a market cap of nearly $350 billion, and he has given more than $20 billion away in his lifetime. You would assume that a  man with his power and wealth couldn’t possibly have any fears, right? Wrong.

From a young age, Warren Buffett feared public speaking and, in fact, chose his college classes based upon which courses did not require public speaking presentations. But at age 21, he knew that to be successful, he would have to overcome this fear.

Take a second and imagine if Warren Buffett had not faced that fear. Would he be where he is today?

Find the fear.

I’ve learned that in order to overcome a fear, you have to first identify it. For some of us, this is easy. For Warren Buffett, it was as simple as knowing he feared public speaking. But for others, it might be deeper. The fear might be masked with excuses and rationalizations. A fear of failure could be masked with “I don’t have the time” or “I don’t have the resources.” If you want to overcome the fear, you’re going to have to find it first.

Don’t lose it. Use it.

When you find your fear, don’t lose it. Use it. This is important. Use your fear as motivation for success. Fear is an inherent part of human nature; we all have it. The conversion of fear to action is called courage, and the victory of defeating fear makes the success that much sweeter. Allow your fear to drive your success, not drive you away from it.

Time to soar.

So, you’ve found your fear. You’ve faced it. Now it’s time to soar. Failure and fear are inevitable realities of life. However, trial and error precedes success. Give yourself the tools to excel in your work. Empower yourself to do great things and taste the sweetness of success when you overcome the hesitation before the leap. Silence the voice telling you “no” when you want to say “yes.” Empower Network has enabled thousands to overcome their fears of failure and of not being good enough. Our unique model empowers small-business owners and entrepreneurs to leverage the Internet and technology to create success. Whether it’s the fear of failure, of change, of losing control, of not being good enough or any other obstacle, identify your fear. Let it motivate you. Then empower yourself and soar.

Taking the first step is a step toward success. Warren Buffett, terrified of standing up in a group and saying his own name, signed up for a public speaking course just over 60 years ago. His fear was motivation, transformed into courage. Just look how he soared.

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