Trust me when I tell you I understand what it's like to be so scared of moving forward that you actually become paralyzed with fear. So you do nothing, and pray that the courage comes soon. Three different occasions come to mind for me right now. Once when I left my first career in the Health Club Industry, next when I declared I was going to start my own business, and now that I have just left my part time job to be a full time solo entrepreneur.

First let's take a good look at fear. In my experience fear never really goes away until you face it head on. You can sweep it under the rug, ignore it and hope it goes away, but it doesn't and eventually you are going to have to deal with it.

Remember that camp story when you were a kid about an adventure in the woods and you kept running into different obstacles, like a river? Everyone would say together "we can't go over it, we can't go under it, we'll have to go THROUGH it!" Well, you got it! Our fears are exactly the same way. We have to go through and thoroughly experience them in order to get to the other side.

So how do we face our fears? First we must acknowledge that fear is only your survival instinct waving red flags warning you of some perceived danger. As we have discussed before though, it is often overcautious at a time that calls for risk, for the sake of change and a more fulfilling life! Your fears are an attempt to maintain the status quo and keep you small.

Remember this: F.E.A.R. False Evidence Appearing Real.

Here are a few things that have helped me to face my fears and do it anyway:

1. Identify exactly what it is you are afraid of. Let's say you have been thinking about making your personal development a priority and something has been stopping you from moving forward. Are you afraid it's going to be too much work? Are you afraid of the baggage you will inevitably have to face (like more fears!)? Are you afraid it won't work for you? Or are you afraid of actually having a delicious, happy, fulfilling life?

2. Imagine the worst-case scenario. Let's say you are afraid of unpacking all the old baggage you've been carting around with you for decades. What is the WORST thing that could happen if you took a good look at what's inside?

3. Assume that the worst has happened and come to terms with that. Here's something that I have experienced time and again and I KNOW FOR SURE. There is nothing that you choose to take on that you are not fully equipped to handle. You can do this!

4. Ask for help. Give it up already that you have to do this by yourself. There is nowhere it is written that you can't ask for help. It doesn't mean your weak or any less of a Super Hero. A support system can help hold you accountable, can witness your bravery and courage and they can reassure you that you have the strength and wisdom to get through anything.

5. Do it now. If you are waiting for the right time forget it! It will never come. Actually, it's already here. Now is the right time. You are the closest in this moment than you have ever been. You can't mess this up. I promise. The only way you can fail is if you neglect your SELF.

If you are ready to take your own leap of faith and face your fears head on, and would like some support from someone who has been there, will hold you safe, and provide the necessary tools to get you through this, why don't you give me a call and we'll set up a get-acquainted session to see if I can help.

Author's Bio: 

Aimee Yawnick has been mentoring women to make personal growth and development a priority for over 15 years. First, in the Health and Fitness Industry, now as a Personal Life Coach. With proven tools and systems Aimee helps her clients move swiftly and smoothly from a life of just going through the motions and merely existing to being an active participant and living life to the fullest!

If you are a highly motivated and results-oriented woman who understands the value of developing your SELF, and you are ready to accelerate your personal growth in order to play a BIGGER GAME in your personal and professional life, contact Aimee now.