Is It Time To Face Your Fears?

by Kathy on April 13, 2010

Regardless of where you are in life, it could be time to face your fears. My experiences have taught me several things about fears:

  • Everyone has them
  • They are number one in the dream stealer department
  • Everyone can conquer them

When you take charge, look them straight in the eye, and face your fears, you can accomplish almost anything!

I spent the day at Busch Gardens today, where I conquered Sheikra!

The most intense of the Busch Gardens roller coasters, this monster ride climbs slowly and steadily up 200 feet then comes to a complete stop for 4 seconds. My son Dylan claims this is in order to give you time to contemplate your life, as you hover just at the edge of the 90 degree drop that is in store for you.

If you like roller coaster videos you’ll love my intro – and you’ll have a chance to get a taste of one of the demons I’ve just laid to rest!

Here I also share one of the fears that has wreaked havoc in my business in the past, and a golden nugget that I learned from The Slight Edge, by Jeff Olson, that has helped me to lay that one to rest.

Many of us struggle with overcoming fears that are based on self doubt and insecurity, which can be devastating to us as entrepreneurs. These can be the most difficult to tackle, but with the right set of tools and proper mindset and understanding it can be done.

Do you have any fears that are holding you back from creating the life you desire and deserve? Please share with us your experiences, and what you will do or have done to face your fears.

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Glyna Humm April 13, 2010 at 6:16 pm

Oh my gosh Kathy – I don’t know if that roller coaster is facing your fears or just crazy! haha Wow you really put things in perspective when you talked about not worrying what everyone thinks of you! Great point!
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Beverly Monical April 14, 2010 at 3:50 am

I am so guilty of this weakness.I am so much better because of all the positive people I have encountered here on the internet.This is really a good comparison and it made me think again about my weaknesses.Thanks Kathy! This was good for me to read first thing this morning. Hope your day is absolutely fearless!
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Kellie Frazier April 14, 2010 at 5:27 am

I was screeching all the way down the track while sitting here in my office. HA! I’ve really appreciated your posts Kathy and your honesty. It is so true that the only way we can move ahead when we stop thinking about what others think.

Guess what my daughter announced to me yesterday? She said, “My friends and I are on social sites mom so blog posts will be out soon too.” YIKES! She’s right of course as quickly as the world turns, but for those of us who are connecting regularly on them now we won’t see that happen for a while yet. So keep posting and making yourself known in a way that adds value to others. It’s all in the connections.
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Heather Taskovics April 14, 2010 at 8:36 am

Great vid, Kathy! I can’t believe you went on that ride!!! You are a braver woman than I, that’s for sure! :)

What a great way to overcome your fears–if you can survive going down a straight drop from 100s of feet in the air, you can survive almost ANYTHING!

Thank you so much for the wonderful inspiration. :)

Heather
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John Chatman April 14, 2010 at 2:12 pm

Kathy,
You absolutely rock and I know that with your fearless attitude you will overcome ANY obstacles along the path to SUPER Success.

Onward & Upward,
John
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Walter April 15, 2010 at 6:45 am

The ultimate fear that prevent most from exploring the many possibilities of our existence is the fear of not trying. Most of my life I have had this fear. However, it dawned upon me that life without courage is a life unworthy. And so I took the plunge. :-)
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Terry Petrovick April 15, 2010 at 11:18 am

Great post Kathy! And congrats on conquering your fear.

One of my friends and mentors, Randy Gage, gave me a book a long time ago called “Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway!” This a great read.

How is it that our head games control us so much?

For me once I finally figure out that people were going to judge me and talk about me no matter what I did, I was able to begin stepping into my own personal power.

One result was I was able to teach my kids a long time ago “What people think of you in none of your business.”

They have turned into amazing adults because they follow their heart and their integrity being true to themselves. A wonderful gift don’t you think?

Thank you so much Kathy for being a wonderful example of personal growth and leadership.

You’re an amazing leader and parent which I love about you!

You have a choice so, make it a better than terrific day!

Terry
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Gabriel Gannam April 15, 2010 at 7:00 pm

That is one intense drop Kathy! This is such an important topic that I would say is the number #1 reason people do not see the results they are looking for. I know I battled with myself for a long time before just going for it. Thanks as always for the great inspiration!
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Judy Zavislak April 17, 2010 at 4:36 am

Oh Kathy! I want to come visit you so I can go on that roller coaster!!! :-) I have lots of fears, but roller coasters is not one of them. I absolutely LOVE them! LOL! It’s funny I should read this post right after reading Dave and Dawn’s post about following the rules. I’ve always been a “follow the rules” type of girl, and for the most part that’s a good thing, but I like that Dave and Dawn said to know the rules, but make the rules work for you. ;-) For many years I’ve been so consumed about what people think about me that I haven’t been my authentic self. I’m happy to say that is changing, and it’s changing fast. Once you start confronting your fears…feeling the fear and taking that action anyway…it’s exhilarating!

Thanks for the great post, and let me know when I can come down to ride that coaster with you! ;-)
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Bill Cowan April 17, 2010 at 7:20 am

Thanks Kathy,

First that roller coaster looks awesome. I gotta try it!

Second you are right, ace your fears, overcome and move forward. I’m still reading the Slight Edge among others, so it’s good to know someone else that i personally know is reading it to. Thanks!
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Debbie Stevens April 20, 2010 at 5:09 pm

Hi Kathy,

Fears are most definitely one of the most crippling things in life. I applaud you for tackling that roller coaster (shhh that’s secretly one of my fears as well).

I, too, have recently read and benefited from The Slight Edge. And yes, just doing a little bit, every day, you can slowly take charge and overcome any fear, and accomplish anything.

I’m counting on it. It sounds like you are too. Again, Bravo to you!
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Gavin Mountford April 21, 2010 at 2:45 am

Hey Kathy, Fears are a funny thing aren’t they? We just think that something bad is going to happen before the actual event takes place.

Last year I made a massive effort to conquer several of my fears. I ‘flooded’ my fears with ACTION.

Learning to drive was always something I’d put off, but when I did it, I loved it! I’ve no idea why I didn’t learn to do it much earlier…

Public speaking was another one. Again, it’s now something that I’ve beaten! I still get nervous before I do it, but it’s much easier now because I felt the fear and did it anyway!

Thanks for this post :-)

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John Counsel April 21, 2010 at 11:07 am

Is that Sheikra or Shrieka??

Ultimately, the secret to mastering fear is letting go… especially of your fears.

When you understand what fear actually is (and isn’t!), it becomes a relatively simple process.

http://MasterYourFEAR.com

John
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Edward April 21, 2010 at 7:16 pm

WOW! Awesome intro of the roller coaster. Looks like it would be a great rush!
I agree that we all have fears in our lives that are holding us back. I believe that if we first admit that they are fears and then take action to try to overcome them, then we will have success and growth in what we do. I was once told by a coach and mentor of mine: “On the other side of your fear lies your greatness” That keeps me motivated to conquer the fears and obstacles that show up in my life along with my clear vision and purpose of why I am doing what I do. Thanks again for sharing this with us.

Make it a great day!
God Bless,
-ed

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Mary Lou Kayser April 25, 2010 at 8:58 pm

Oh my gosh, Kathy!!! Just the mere MENTION of that rollercoaster sends me into paralysis! While I have ridden some pretty incredible rides in my time, nothing comes close to this beast! I am impressed with your willingness to push past your fears and get on it…obviously you are still here :) so it won’t kill us…
I have struggled with a fear of finishing a writing project for years, but just recently have pushed past it and called it what it is: Silly. For YEARS I have started writing projects that are DECENT and abandoned them part way through, all because of fear. Stupid indeed. But no more. I am finally seeing one through to its completion and it’s exciting, if not scary… I figure once I get this one done, I can get going on the next one, right? Which for me, is where the fun is.
Thanks again for another inspirational and thought-provoking post! I might even ride this coaster next time I go to Florida… :)
Mary Lou

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Val Haderlie April 28, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Kathy, You are amazing! I love to read what you write. You inspire me, girl. Faith and Fear absolutely cannot exist together so we have to let go of the fear to achieve what we have faith that we can do. Love the beautiful water in your video.
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Dr. Erica Goodstone April 30, 2010 at 3:28 pm

Kathy, I definitely have fears, although fewer as I have more successful life experiences. However, I was once taught to imagine taking fear by the hand and walking together. That has always stayed with me. Yes, the fear may be present but it doesn’t have to stop you from pursuing your dreams – and – it can guide you to reach out for the support and assistance you need. I keep learning how important it is to do that. Thanks for the great post.

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Bruce Backman May 7, 2010 at 11:58 am

Hey Kathy…great video. I love roller coasters and I have learned a thing or two about walking through my fears. The strange thing to me in all of this is although it gets a bit easier in the process of walking through fears you still need to face them square on and deal with them. No matter how many times I have overcome things that are uncertain or fearful…I still get that feeling inside when something new is coming up that I don’t have any idea of how to deal with. I have learned to walk through these things but I still wish I could figure out a way to not let these things bother me at all…even from the get go. Perhaps we are designed to have to deal with these things and there is no way around that.

I love the roller coaster. I would love to ride it for sure. Great job in overcoming!

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Linda G. Cox May 13, 2010 at 7:17 pm

Interesting that my lastest post was on my fear~ I wrote it before I read yours :)
My fear is of never being able to develop new neuropathways in my brain to relearn to walk! When I realized and faced my fear (day before yesterday) I felt motivated to try! I mean try hard!

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Tami June 3, 2010 at 10:16 am

Kathy, oh sooo true! If we can overcome our fears the world is our oyster!

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Krista Abbott June 11, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Kathy,
You go girl – conquering Sheikra is no small feat!! You rock! This was a great way to demonstrate how to overcome fears – by tackling the biggest, hairiest, and scariest fear monster there.

I also agree with you that it is YOUR life and it DOES NOT matter what other people think…go for your dreams and if others don’t like it…well, my guess would be it’s because they aren’t living their dreams and so they want to place the same limits on others.

Live Life without Limits!
Krista

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Kellie Hosaka June 15, 2010 at 10:18 pm

Aloha Kathy,

That was a very cool video! Roller coasters are fun!

Yes, one of my favorite sayings is “courage is not the absence of fear, just the determination that something else is more important”. The other one I always remind myself of is False Evidence Appearing Real (FEAR), it only exists in our minds and perceptions.

Thank you for your post!

Aloha,
Kellie :)
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