You want to wake up in the morning, do great work, and receive extra pay, praise, and promotion. You want to build a business, get customers, and increase your profit, revenue, or ROI. You want to be smarter, richer, and become happier, healthier, and more successful.
But deep down, something is holding you back. It’s fear; we all have it. Anytime we plan to do something, the fear—like a vampire—sucks away our will power, making us unable to do what matters. How do you beat your fear and succeed in work, business, and life?
Here are ten tips to help you beat fear and succeed in anything you do:
1. Face your fear
If you allow your fears to dominate your heart, you won’t become the Lion you want to be. Rather, you’ll keep justifying your deeds, making flimsy excuses, blaming others for your inaction, and procrastinating over important goals.
Those are all a by-product of your fears, and they won’t let you succeed in your work, business, or life. The only remedy for fear is to face it. First, acknowledge that it exists within you, and then face it head on and move on with your life.
2. Beat procrastination
Procrastination is actually a type of fear. You don’t want to kick-start that business, because you’re afraid that it might fail. You don’t want to continue with that project, because you’re intimidated by its difficulty. You repeatedly postpone running that marathon, because it’s going to be so exhausting.
But you have to act now or regret it later. If you fail to do what you need to do on time, missing that deadline might cost you your career, your customer, or your character. So quit procrastinating if you’re serious about achieving success in life.
3. Discover your passion
We all have unique talents hidden inside us, but unless we dig deep into our psyche and uncover them, those talents and passions, will be a waste. The Jobs, the Musks, and the Zuckerbergs are where they are today because they uncovered their passion and rebranded it into powerful, profitable products.
You have a natural talent but it’s up to you to find it and optimize it and put it into use. Don’t be afraid. You need to dig deep. I promise you It’s there. When you find it, there’s no limit to what you’ll achieve in your career, your business, and your life.
“Follow your own passion—not your parents’, not your teachers’—yours.” – Robert Ballard
4. Show up early
Richard Branson wakes at 5:45 am, Tim Cook rises at 3:45 am, and Howard Schultz gets up at 4:30 am. Why do all of these successful entrepreneurs begin their days so early? Because they want to get there first and beat the latecomers.
Learn from these great minds. Show up early—ahead of your colleagues, competitors, and co-workers. Doing this will always put you at the forefront. And being first is a positive sign of success.
You might think that success is a cheap product. Have an idea, run it, and you achieve success. Well, that’s not the case.
The road to success is patched with countless bumps, roadblocks, and tons of hard work and failures. Successful entrepreneurs, athletes, real estate developers, they’re all hard-working folks. They work day in and day out. They hustle and they grind first before they achieve success.
You want to reach the top level of your career? Grind. You want to become the next success story? Grind. You want to become a “hot” celebrity in your industry? Grind.
6. Do quality work
It’s not about just doing work. It’s not about accomplishing many projects. It’s not about finishing your work fast. It’s about doing quality work. Quality work is what earns you respect, builds your reputation, accelerates your career, and elevates you higher than anyone else.
7. Give people what they want
It doesn’t matter if you’re nobody in your industry or just starting out as a newbie, if you give people what they want—quality products or incredible service, or just relate to them in a civilized way—they’ll reciprocate.
They’ll like you, they’ll buy from you and they’ll become your sales rep, telling their friends and family about you. They’ll possibly make you rich and they’ll help you transform lives and change our world for the better.
8. Be honest
You just have to be honest if you want to be a successful person. Here’s the naked truth: People are smarter than you think.
You may get away with your deceitful behavior once or twice, but once your colleague or customer realizes that you’re a cheat, you’re done. They’ll fling you into the nearest dumpster and they will never, ever restore you back into their life again.
“Be honest, be nice, be a flower not a weed.” – Aaron Neville
9. Be confident
First, it’s the antidote to fear. Part of what you must do to beat fear or even procrastination, is to develop self-confidence. Believe in yourself, face your fears, and do the work that matters.
Second, it’s the key to success. Part of what you must do to survive and thrive in your work, business, and life is to develop confidence. It clears up your doubt and pushes you to go do the work that the naysayers say you can’t do.
10. Stay positive
Ordinary people are negative people. They always gossip, backbite, and try to see the negative side of others. This is bad and dangerous.
Why? Because our actions are a true reflection of our thoughts. That means that a negative mindset always begets negative outcomes, while a positive mindset always begets a positive outcome.
Imagine waking up in the morning, doing great work, and receiving the benefits from that. Imagine you build your business, expand your customer base, and boost your profit, revenue, and ROI. Imagine further that you’ve become smarter, richer, and more successful.
Instead of losing energy when you face a new project, you actually conquer it with strong willpower. All because you’ve beaten your fears and your procrastination habit. More importantly, you’ve developed self-confidence, done great work, and stayed positive.
You’ve got your roadmap—now all you need to do is follow it. Your dreams—succeeding at your workplace, in your business, or in your life await.
Which of the above tips are you going to implement today? Leave your thoughts below.
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