How to overcome your fears and achieve your goals

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Do your fears hold you back? If you want to lose weight, build muscle mass, increase speed or improve some aspects of your life, then you must overcome your fears, and for that, you need a plan.

Whatever your goal, if you want to be successful, you must first believe in yourself and then follow a plan. In this article I am going to talk to you about how to abandon our fears.

Those who are dedicated to snow and ice sports are clear examples of people who overcome and dominate their fears every day. My sister Jackie has won bobsleigh medals for her country. I very much respect her love for the sport and her ability to overcome her fears.

I have always encouraged her in all her competitions, but, as I witnessed them in the audience, I felt fear running through my veins.

How to overcome fears in sport

Jackie believes that what keeps many people from performing at their best is fear of failure. In your sport, there is a very real chance of crashing at 130km / h, and the consequences could be dire!

What makes my sister a champion is her ability to separate her fears into a concern for her safety and anxiety over the possibility of failure. Jackie knows that she has taken all the necessary steps for her safety and that she has practiced over and over again.

Fear can cause a dose of adrenaline to be released into the bloodstream. To protect ourselves, the «fight or flight» mechanism comes into play, which prepares the body

for action. In sports and other competitive environments, what creates this adrenaline rush is usually not fear of danger, but rather a mixture of anticipation and excitement.

Being prepared and having a plan of action will allow you to train your mind to overcome any negative emotions that get in your way. You don’t have to be an athlete to benefit from these mental training techniques.

Jackie overcame her fear for her safety as she had a plan and vowed to follow it. She was willing to use that fear to train and compete, rather than give up and give up the thrill of triumph she had every time she broke a personal record.

Use fear to get closer to your goals

We don’t all need to rush down hills to confront our fears. In everyday life there are things that we may want to do but we do not do because we are too afraid of failure.

Making lifestyle changes, especially those that involve losing weight and setting health goals, often instill anxiety and fear in people. Often times, the fear of failure (or the unknown) can keep people from trying new things. Try using my three simple tips to overcome fear, overcome all negative emotions, and turn them into success.

Tips to overcome your fears

Assessment of fear

Make a list of the worst things that could happen if you fail. This will help you to see things in perspective and to realize that you need to start your process.

We can all make the mistake of having an overly active imagination, so writing down your fears will help you assess whether they are valid.

Define your goals

Make sure to write down your goals and try using an S.M.A.R.T. * Goal Setting Framework.

Having a clear destination and time frame will help you on the days when you want to quit. Setting clear goals gives you full control over your success.

Positive attitude training

Write a positive affirmation and say it every day. The more you tell yourself that you can be successful, the more you will begin to believe that it is true.

Example taken from the training diary that I used in my days as a professional athlete: «I am strong, indestructible, I was born to compete worldwide.»

Many athletes will tell you that the mental aspect of the sport is more important than the physical. That self-induced belief is the key to making your dreams come true.

If you’ve had a lot of ups and downs over the years with your body composition goals, you may want to try a new positive mindset. Try not to let your fear of failure get in the way of your success. Better to try and fail than not to try at all!

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* SMART stands for: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time bound (Bounded in time).