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3 Fears You Need to Overcome to Be Successful

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In this era of accelerating change, tremendous competition and overwhelming complexities, you often wish to showcase to the world the vast amount of potential which you have. However, somewhere along the line, you fail to gather the required courage and confidence. You become afraid, thinking about the unpredictable future which you would have to face if you take some stern actions in your present.

Why is it that we do not want to get out of our comfort zone and reach out to greatness? Contrary to the common perception, it’s not that we like to confine ourselves to easy things, but rather we are so scared to step out and face the uncertainty, that we never attempt to get out of it.

The following are the 3 fears which you need to overcome if you have a desire for a great life:

1. Fear of the Unknown

According to the scientific studies, our human mind is designed to remain in it’s comfort zone and is not allowed to meander out of it. This is the reason why we have to face a lot of resistance mentally while treading an unknown path. But it is also a universal fact that no great achiever ever did something out of the box while sitting on the couch, having some potato chips and watching T.V.

If you want to be successful, then you’ve got to do what Robert Frost says, “Take the road less travelled”. I believe that the comfort of easiness is far more dangerous than the fear of the unknown. Transcend your fears, shatter your limits and go as far as you can to see what life has in store for you.

“Many times, the thought of fear itself is greater than what it is we fear.” – Idowu Koyenikan

2. Fear of Failure

This is the most commonly believed reason for the cessation of one’s progress. You never try to get ahead of where you are, because you don’t want to lose what you’ve already earned. It always insinuates the ‘What If’ element into your mind. What if I could never be better than the person standing next to me? What if I try and I fail? What if I lose everything?

I strongly believe that you could never become the person you’ve dreamt to be if you don’t take advantage of the chances which life presents to you on a regular basis. You’ve got to think about the opportunities and not the obligations. You’ve got to acknowledge the fact that failure is the stepping stone towards success and therefore you must embrace it. If you want to be successful, then whatever task you have, make sure you go all in and please, don’t count the cost and just do it.

3. Fear of Success

Controversial subheading? Perhaps. But I think it’s true. Many people know that they have the ability to pull off a specific task, but they still don’t do it. You know why? Because they don’t want to be burdened by the pressure of future expectations by others. They get petrified thinking about the high expectations which comes with the gratification of a task.

Now, for real, do you think that you can get to great heights just by continuously operating at the same level? Do you think Steve Jobs could have made the iPhone had there been no pressure on him to introduce a better version of it every time it shows up in the market? Either pressure will break you, or it will allow itself to be your breakthrough.

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” –Winston Churchill

So, which fear are you going to smash to the ground? Do leave it in the comments below!

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Rahul Nair is in a quest to achieve his personal and spiritual mastery. He likes to write articles through which he expresses his views and tries to make a positive impact on the world. He is a humanitarian at his own small level. You can also read some of his highly inspiring and informative articles here.

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Some people seem to naturally know how to effectively communicate in a group setting. They can express themselves clearly and listen attentively without dominating the conversation.

Being a powerful communicator is important for several reasons, including building and maintaining relationships, achieving goals, resolving conflicts, improving productivity, leading and influencing others, advancing in your career, expressing yourself more confidently and authentically, and improving your mental and emotional well-being. Effective communication is an essential life skill that can benefit you in all aspects of your life.

But, don’t worry if you don’t naturally possess this skill, as effective communication is something that can be developed with practice, planning and preparation.
 

1.  Listen actively: Practice active listening by giving your full attention to the speaker and responding to what they are saying.

 

2. Use “I” statements: Speak from your own perspective and avoid placing blame or making accusations.

 

3. Avoid assumptions: Don’t make assumptions about what the other person is thinking or feeling.

 

4. Be clear: Express your thoughts and feelings clearly and concisely by getting to the point and avoid using jargon or overly complex language.

 

5. Show empathy: Show that you understand and care about the other person’s feelings.

 

6. Offer valuable insights: When speaking in a group, provide a valuable takeaway or actionable item that people can walk away with.

 

7. Be an active listener: Listen attentively and respond accordingly, incorporating your points into the conversation.

 

8. Choose the right time: Pick the most opportune time to speak to ensure that you have the group’s attention and can deliver your message without interruption.

 

9. Be the unifying voice: Step in and unify the group’s thoughts to calm down the discussion and insert your point effectively.

 

10. Keep responses concise: Keep responses short and to the point to show respect for others’ time.

 

11. Avoid unnecessary comments: Avoid commenting on everything and only speak when you have something important to say.

 

12. Cut the fluff: Avoid being long-winded and get straight to the point.

 

13. Prepare ahead of time: Sort out your points and practice them before speaking in a group.

 

14. Smile and be positive: Smile and nod along as others speak, to build a positive relationship and be respected when it’s your turn to speak.

 

15. Take responsibility: Take responsibility for your own actions and feelings.

 

16. Ask questions: Ask questions to clarify any confusion or misunderstandings.

 

17. Avoid interrupting: Allow the other person to finish speaking without interruption.

 

18. Practice active listening: Repeat what the other person said to ensure you have understood correctly.

 

19. Use your body language too: Use nonverbal cues such as eye contact, facial expressions, and body language to convey your message and build rapport.

 

20. Be aware of the tone of your voice: it should be calm and assertive, not aggressive or passive.

 

By keeping these tips in mind, you can improve your communication skills and become a more powerful communicator, which can help you build better relationships, achieve your goals, and lead a more fulfilling life.

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