You have two options in any circumstance: fear or confidence. And we are definitely living with more uncertainty than typical, which tends to promote fear, worry, and anxiety.
Fear means that ultimately you worry that you might not be able to handle whatever life throws at you. And because the future is unknown, it’s natural to feel afraid at times.
Confidence means that, come what may, you can handle anything.
Do you ever wonder how some people seem to move with confidence under immense pressure, stress, and uncertainty?
I’ve wondered this too. And I took the time to explore Susan Jeffers’ book, “Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway.”
I was impressed. I think you will be, too!
Not only do confident people feel fear, but they take action anyway! The fear does not diminish until action happens.
In fact, taking the action seems to be the ONLY real way to reduce fear.
Inaction, or staying stuck in fear, maintains the fear.
The bottom line is: if you want confidence, you must feel the fear, and “do it” anyway.
The “it” can be anything.
It might be showing up.
Having a difficult conversation.
Using your video on a Zoom call.
Calling your father. Your mother. Your adult child.
Giving a speech.
Taking that promotion or new job. Or, giving up an opportunity consciously, to favor your higher priorities.
Choosing to stay home.
Choosing to leave home.
In the end, we all fear things in life. Those things are the grand invitation life offers us to stretch, learn, and become the best version of ourselves.
Walking through the fear brings power and self-control.
It’s time to get comfortable being a little uncomfortable.
It’s time to be the best version of YOU.
Take a look at the link I’ve provided here, to pick up your copy.
When this decision comes to you, whether to choose confidence or fear when faced with uncertainty, just say “I can handle it.”
Work to claim power over your experience in life, rather than giving it away to fear, blame, doubt, guilt, etc. Or giving up in favor of the familiar, the routine.
When you believe you can handle anything coming your way, you move into your higher brain, where growth can happen.
You can slow down and connect with your values.
You can draw upon your strengths. Possibilities open up.
This is also where you hold your confidence, which will grow anytime you say, “I can handle it” about a situation.