Imagine this: An opportunity presents itself to you and you just know it’s a good idea; in fact, it’s a brilliant idea. You start to feel tingles down your spine or maybe a warm flutter in your heart or stomach. You may even notice that your posture is a little straighter. In that specific moment, you are totally focused, with positive thoughts, feelings or visualisations flowing through you. These line up, to be experienced by you, one by one and then mingle together. This allows you to experience a flow of positive energy, from head to toe. In your mind, hopeful thoughts flow and ideas and actions come together, to reveal a confident resolve. Your mind and body are hand in hand. You have just experienced joy.

Then there is a pause, when it is time to take stock and without warning, the door to your mind opens and all that you just enjoyed experiencing disappears. The opportunity that had just presented itself to you, rapidly fades to the back of your mind and with it, the joy you just experienced.

The opportunity disappears for the moment as if it has becomes no more than a momentary figment of your imagination. You feel a knot in your stomach, you breathe more rapidly, your heartbeat increases and your mind seems heavy. Your focus is blurred, your posture sags; thoughts of failure flow without restriction in the face of uncertainty, forcing doubt into this heavy mix of negativity. You are now experiencing fear.

The fear subsides after its initial rush, to allow both fear and hope, to equally balance in your mind. You now have to make up your mind and where do you start? You have many options to look at:

  • Firstly, there is the brilliant idea that you had. Remind yourself of this, write down all of the positives, including how it will positively change you, your future and that of those around you. SET YOUR GOAL IN INK. Write it down. You have now taken your first step to success.
  • Secondly, focus on why you are experiencing fear and ask yourself, what is the worst thing that can really happen to you? You will always gain more respect for trying, than not trying. Failure is where learning takes place.
  • Thirdly, think about who or what, can help you to achieve your goal. Talk to others that you see as positive people and let them know what you want to do. If there is no one you can talk to, list your strategies.
  • Lastly, ditch the fear and you do this by focusing on your goal and your strategies to achieve it.
  • Remind yourself of your goal every day, more than once.
  • Get yourself a professional life coach to accompany you on your journey to your destination, one step at a time.