Do you have a particular fear that you think is stopping you from reaching your full potentials. Has it lingered for so long that you wonder whether you’ll ever be free from it? Fret no more because in this post, you will learn some practical steps in which you can overcome your fears.
There are different kinds of fears but they all have one thing in common: they can can be overcome using the right techniques.
Here are 6 steps in which you can start confronting your fears and take control of your life.
Make A Fear Hierarchy List
A fear hierarchy list is a list of all the things that scare you from the most tolerable to least tolerable ones. In the list, you write down the most tolerable fears at the bottom, the moderately tolerable in the middle, and the least tolerable at the top of the list.
For instance if one of your most tolerable fears is saying “Hi” to your crush, list it at the bottom. And if your one of most moderately tolerable fears is making a complaint at the bank, then list it in the middle. Finally, if your least tolerable fear is going to a nightclub, list it at the top of the list.
This hierarchy list will give you an idea of which fear you should start tackling first. It will also help you set goals that will enable you overcome your fears in a practical way.
Tackle Your Fears From The Most To Least Tolerable Ones
After you’ve prepared your fear hierarchy list, the next step is to start facing these fears one after the other. Start from the most tolerable and work your way up to the least tolerable.
For instance, if one of your least tolerable fears is saying “Hi” to your crush, you should start tackling it continuously until you get more comfortable saying “Hi” to him/her. Once you get comfortable doing this, you then move on to your moderately tolerable fear which may be making a complaint at the bank. You should keep doing this until you’ve succeeded in getting comfortable with all the fears on the hierarchy list.
You can only tackle your fears by actually facing them so go into the habit of doing the things that scare you.
Tackle Your Fears As Often As Possible
When tackling your fears, it is important to do it as often as possible to see quicker results and maintain your progress. Stopping in between or taking long breaks can set you back to square one, especially if you were making significant progress before. So try to stay in the habit of facing your fears as often as you can to reap the desire result.
The importance of journaling can’t be overemphasised when it comes to mental evaluation. Everytime you confront a scary situation, you should record your experiences and things you observed while doing so.
This will help you keep track of your progress, notice when there is an improvement, and identify the most important things to work on.
Don’t Be Too Hard On Yourself
Patience is key when facing your fears. While some days might be good, others may seem like you didn’t make any progress at all. At this point, don’t feel discouraged. Remind yourself that you’re better off facing your fears than not doing anything at all.
Also remember that significant results may not come immediately but every experience is an opportunity to learn something new about your fears.
Whether big or small, it is important to celebrate yourself for every progress you make. Make it a point of duty to give yourself a treat or do something that you love when you notice that you are becoming more fearless. This will motivate you to go even further in overcoming your fears.
Now that you know how to overcome your fears, the next step is to take action. This is the only way you can truly overcome your fears. Remember, life begins at the end of your comfort zone so go out today and conquer the world!