Most people feel fear, but successful people refuse to let it overcome them. You can learn to control your fear and rise to any challenge with this advice:
Analyze your memories. Look back over your life. What situations have made you feel afraid? Do you see any common denominators? When was the last time you were afraid of something and did it anyway?
Examine your responsibilities. You have a lot of priorities at work and in your life. Which ones make you fearful? Why are you afraid of them? Dig deeply to get at the root of your fear.
Imagine the worst. When a situation makes you nervous, try to think of the worst-case scenario that could realistically happen. Examining the possibilities ahead of time will prepare you to avoid the pitfalls. Chances are the reality won’t be as devastating as you fear.
Shift your focus. When you’re confronted by a task that makes you fearful, stop and think about all the benefits it will produce in the end. Focus on those instead of what’s making you feel scared.
Try new things. At least once a month, take on a new task or accept a different responsibility. This will increase your capacity to take risks.
Review your risks. Look at some of the risks you’ve taken recently. Chances are, most of them turned out OK. Figure out what made them work. Think about what actions you took that ensured success, and how you can duplicate those actions and decisions in other situations.