"Keep guard at the gate of your mind."
- James McPartland
Fear is often disguised fatigue, and fatigue often masquerades as the reason we can’t push on, much less keep on keeping on in pursuit of our dreams, goals, and true life passions. At the heart of fear is a “story” – one that we have created and reinforced with our own internal dialogue.
We look for things to validate our beliefs around fear and therefore further reinforce that story. This is why focusing on our mindset each and every day is one of the most important things to be aware of.
I’m often asked what I do to help put myself in the mindset I need to not succumb to fear and doubt. My response is always, slay the fear dragon first thing in the morning:
Eat a healthy breakfast.
What are three things I’m most thankful for?
Be intentional about your thoughts.
What is the story I’m telling myself today?
Define your own highest leverage activities for the day.
What are my nonnegotiables? What is going to give me the most juice for today?
Read inspirational and informative literature.
Who am I listening to right now?
Watch your words as they paint pictures for yourself and others.
What are some “I am” statements that are showing up today?
Do the most difficult and/or most important item on your action list first.
Finally, set yourself up to win and have fun. When we are winning, active, and having fun, fear seems to not exist. And, as time allows, model those in your life and those you admire. Success leaves clues and, since everyone has fear, observation is a fantastic way to reinforce the actions that will give you a second, third, and fourth wind in pursuit of living life powerfully.