The calendar year is winding to a close, and most of us are now reflecting on the goals we set for ourselves this year. Did you struggle with any of your goals this year? If so, you’re not alone. We all encounter obstacles along the way, often times finding ourselves face-to-face with our own fears and doubts. When fear and doubt enter the picture it’s easy to let them take over and influence our decisions. Once that happens it’s not uncommon for our goals to get pushed aside.
Take for example someone who has wanted to start a blog for a long time, but keeps putting it off because they are worried about certain what ifs. What if no one reads it? What if their friends and family don’t understand? What if they aren’t a good enough writer? As these fears and doubts begin to creep in, they decide to hold off on starting a blog of their own. They promise themselves that once their writing improves they’ll feel more confident about starting a blog.
We all face feelings of uncertainty and vulnerability at one time or another, and it’s easy to let that fear dictate our actions. However, rather than letting our fears and doubts put our goals in jeopardy, we need to enable strategies to help us overcome fear and doubt. Consider these four steps to help you break through your feelings of fear and doubt, and put you on the path to achieving your goals.
If you want to start a blog, or even a freelance writing career, don’t put it off just because you’re afraid your writing skills aren’t up to par. By taking a step in the direction of your goal and simply starting the process, you will feel an incredible boost in confidence. The more you work towards your goal, the better you will get. If you write every single day you are guaranteed to improve. You’ll be glad you chose to start when you did, even though you weren’t perfect in the beginning. But, you need to start today. The simple decision to take action is more than most people can do. You don’t need to be the best at what you do, you just need to be the one who actually goes ahead and does it.
Set Significant Goals
It’s important to set realistic goals, but it’s equally important to set goals that have importance and meaning. You might think it’s safe to set an easily attainable goal, however when we set smaller scale goals we’re not pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone. Setting goals that push our limits and stretch us further than we’ve ever gone is what helps us improve and become stronger. Additionally, when we set goals that are important to us, we become more invested in achieving them. Set challenging goals for yourself and give yourself deadlines. If you make a mistake, learn from it and move on. The lessons you learn along the way will help you grow and improve.
Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable
When we’re working to improve, it’s important to lean into the discomfort. If you don’t experience discomfort, then you aren’t pushing yourself to your maximum capacity. Remember, these feelings are only temporary and you will come out on the other side stronger and more prepared to face future challenges.
Develop a Support System
Sometimes a little external support can go a long way in helping us overcome our fears and doubts. Develop a community from which you can receive support. Take a class, hire a coach, or reach out to others who are doing what you’d like to be doing. Creating a support system for yourself of individuals who will support you and keep you accountable can make all the difference.
Don’t let fear and doubt stand in between you and your goals. Remember that everyone faces fear and self-doubt while working toward a goal, but what will set you apart will be your decision to take action.