What do you really want?
Are you living it?
If not, when will you do it?
Have you ever wondered why you haven’t acted on your new idea or secret passion to be, do or have what you truly want?
Your first thought may be “Fear of Failure”. But it’s not.
It’s time to be totally honest with ourselves because time is marching on and we have so many opportunities available to us NOW.
It is our Fear of Criticism that stops us.
“When you find yourself on the side of the majority,
it’s time to pause and reflect.”
~~ Mark Twain
Most of us are very familiar with our Fear of Failure, but it’s really our fear of the criticism we might get.
Fear of Criticism lurks beneath our conscious awareness, it lives in our subconscious mind and we don’t even know it’s there.
Fear of Criticism sits at the core of our Fear of Failure and we feel immobilised.
Deep down we crave acceptance and approval; for most of us it feels like our very survival depends on it.
It’s the reason we don’t publicly set high goals for ourselves or “out of the ordinary” big goals – people will think we’re crazy.
It’s the reason our lives are filled with obligations, doing things that bring heaviness to our heart and soul.
It’s the reason we’re willing to live a lie rather than express our truth.
All because of the Fear of Criticism.
What follows is paraphrased from Napoleon Hill’s book Think And Grow Rich.
By interviewing 500 of the world’s most successful people, Napoleon Hill discovered that Fear of Criticism is why people often do not take any action, and certainly will not take continuous, persistent action, to follow their burning desire.
How to Start Overcoming Fear of Criticism & Develop Persistence
There are four simple steps which lead to the habit of persistence.
They call for no great amount of intelligence, no particular amount of education, and but little time or effort. The necessary steps are:-
1. A definite purpose backed by burning desire for its fulfilment.
2. A definite plan, expressed in continuous action.
3. A mind closed tightly against all negative and discouraging influences, including negative suggestions of relatives, friends and acquaintances.
4. A friendly alliance with one or more persons who will encourage one to follow through with both plan and purpose.
These four steps are essential for success in all walks of life.
Bob Proctor’s meteoric success in 1961 came from reading the book Think and Grow Rich with repetition, and he’s continued to read the book every day for 55+ years.
I work with Bob Proctor and our program Thinking Into Results gets such big results because it helps people with a dream to take those above four steps and put them into ACTION.
One Final Tip for You Today:
Choose to stop focusing on you, your own fear and concerns about survival.
Instead turn it around and focus on the joy and difference your new idea, venture, wisdom and happiness will bring to others.
If there’s something you have a burning desire to do, I’ll bet it will over time improve the lives of others.
The people around you may not be able to see what you can see. You will have to lead yourself, sometimes without approval from those around you.
This takes courage but your courage will grow with the right knowledge, right thinking, right actions and better results.
“All truth passes through three stages.
First, it is ridiculed.
Second, it is violently opposed.
Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”
And yes, this all means people will one day applaud you for how remarkable you are.
But meanwhile you have to put aside your fear and make the decision to start following your burning desire.
What are you waiting for?
Contact me if you’re tired of waiting!
This is Janet Poole and I believe in freedom and living our true potential.
I believe in finding better ways to grow your business and live your greatest life.
I believe in being someone you can count on for support all the way into achieving your goal.
I have searched the world to find the best ways to grow, achieve permanent change and live your wildest dreams — I have found it in the program THINKING INTO RESULTS.
Better Ways. More Freedom.