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Overcoming Fear And Anxiety In Business And Life

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Fear and anxiety are two of the biggest obstacles to success in any endeavor.

Whether you’re starting a new business, trying to find time to make sales calls, thinking about what marketing program will work or bomb, or simply striving to improve your life, fear and anxiety hold us back from reaching our full potential.

There are ways to overcome these negative emotions and perform at your best. Let’s explore some of the concepts from Michael Gervais and Pete Carroll that can help you conquer fear and anxiety to succeed in business and life.

Concepts from Michael Gervais

Michael Gervais is a world-renowned performance psychologist who has worked with some of the biggest names in sports, business, and entertainment. He’s also the co-founder of Compete To Create, an organization that helps people unlock their potential and achieve their goals.

I know him from his work with Pete Carroll; more on Pete is below…

Gervais’ work revolves around the idea that we all have “inner limits.”

These are the self-imposed limitations that keep us from reaching our full potential. Fear and anxiety are two of the biggest inner limits that people face.

To overcome these emotions, Gervais recommends using a three-step process:

  1. Recognize your fear or anxiety for what it is.
  2. Acknowledge that you’re capable of handling it.
  3. Take action despite your fear or anxiety.

In my life and business, the single best thought that overcomes 99% of my fears that would normally paralyze me is acknowledging that what is fear most is likely unlikely to happen.

Our fear is in the future. The future has not been written, but if you believe it to be true, it will manifest itself. This is why recognizing your fear will minimize its power. Say it aloud to someone, write it down and ask, how likely this will happen?

In what ways can I minimize my risk and still perform at my best?

When facing fears, don’t ask IF this could happen. The answer is likely yes, so you have to think logically; how likely is it to happen if I put forth my best effort? And…

If I fail, what are the positive side effects?

Concepts from Pete Carroll

Pete Carroll is the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks, one of the most successful teams in the NFL over the past decade. He’s also a well-known advocate for using positive thinking to overcome adversity.

Carroll believes it’s important to acknowledge your fears and doubts, not dwell on them.

Instead, focus on what you want to achieve and take action towards those goals. As he says, “You become what you think about most.” So if you focus on your fears, they’ll only become bigger and more daunting. But if you focus on what you want to achieve, you’ll be more likely to take the necessary steps to reach your goal. :

Fear and anxiety can seem insurmountable obstacles, but they don’t have to be. By using the concepts from Michael Gervais and Pete Carroll, you can learn to overcome these negative emotions and perform at your best in business and life.

Don’t let fear hold you back—recognize it for what it is, acknowledge that you can handle it, and take action despite it. You’ll be surprised at what you can achieve once you’ve put these concepts into practice!

Nick McLean
Cheplak Live
Nick McLean Real Estate

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