How to Take Risks Even When You're Afraid

Don’t you admire risk takers, especially when they win or give a thrilling performance? There’s something exciting about someone who takes a chance.

How about you? What was the last risk you took? What risk did you not take? Fear is one of the biggest culprits that hold us back from achieving our wildest (or not so wild) dreams.

Fear is often described by the acronym False-Evidence-Appearing-Real.

Think of it this way. In our mind, we have conjured up some evidence that we label as real. We might believe that we will fail, that we will be embarrassed, that we will lose everything, that we will be rejected, or worst of all, that we will feel ashamed.

Here are some steps to overcome fear and take action:

Get real about the potential outcomes. What’s the best thing that can happen? What’s the worst? What is likely to happen?

Take a small, safe step. Research your dream. Gather more information. Make a plan.

See yourself successful.

Begin today by shining the light on the False Evidence Appearing Real, in your life. When you do, you will become more realistic about potential outcomes. You’ll get a much-need confidence boost, and be more prepared to take a risk.