How do you overcome fear and conquer your doubts? How do great leaders move past their worries to accomplish great things? One insightful quote comes from Dale Carnegie, who is most well-known for his ground-breaking book How to Win Friends and Influence People. Here is what Carnegie had to say on overcoming fear:
“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”
Similarly, motivational speaker Tony Robbins once said, “The path to success is to take massive, determined actions.”
The best way for someone to get over their fears is by merely diving in and taking action. If someone takes too long to make a decision or take a risk, they become even more scared, and it becomes even harder to take action.
Imagine this scenario: you are scared to give a big speech in front of a large audience. That fear keeps you from acting. You keep putting it off, and your worry grows. The longer you avoid doing a particular action, the more your mind begins to fret. You start to imagine all sorts of uncomfortable scenarios as you ruminate on this single task.
Sometimes the best way to face your fears is to start by taking baby steps. Sure, going in front of a podium to speak to a large audience for the first time is frightening. But what if you started off small? You could start by rehearsing the speech in front of your friends, family, partner, or coworkers. You might also take a public speaking class to help get used to going through the motions.
By planning and preparing yourself, you are taking the necessary steps to show the world just what you’re capable of doing. It’s still a somewhat frightening prospect, but doing a little is better than doing nothing at all.