Chris Powell from Extreme Weight Loss said: "Transformation is about focusing on the things you are scared of. Focusing on the things you don't want to do. Those are the areas of our life that we need to excel in." I ask, Are you ready to be FREE of this? Create a victory, conquer and overcome everything that gets in your way! Prove to YOURSELF how bad you want this!
Whether you want transformation in your business, your finances, your body or your life, Waldo Waldman points out on the following website http://www.reliableplant.com/Read/13575/transform-your-fear-into-focus! you must first transform your FEAR into FOCUS!
TRANSFORM YOUR FEAR INTO FOCUS
The greatest deterrent to success in life is fear. It drains our ambition,
denies us power, and strangles our ability to overcome the challenges we face in
our personal and professional lives. When we let fear control us, we are
destined to fail. When we control our fear and channel that energy in productive
ways, we win.
Regardless if you are a manager in business, leading a team of salespeople to
meet your quarterly goals, or involved in a serious relationship that is going
through some tough times, we all deal with fear everyday … fear of failing to
meet a deadline or a budgetary constraint, fear of letting down our co-workers
or our children, or fear of rejection from a loved one. These are normal fears,
but it’s how you deal with them that matters.
How do you handle fear? Does fear control you, or do you control your fear?
Do you become overwhelmed and give up, or do you take action and face it with
As a former combat decorated Air Force fighter pilot with 65 missions in
hostile territory, I had to face my fears every day: fear of getting shot down,
fear of letting down my country and my wingmen, and the fear of failing to
accurately perform my mission responsibilities. If I wasn’t able to handle this
fear and not let it control me, I would have surely failed. I had to realize
that although there was no way for me to completely eliminate this fear, I still
had the power to overcome it.
The key to my success was in my ability to direct my focus toward three
First and foremost, I needed to focus on my mission. What was my mission
objective or purpose for going into battle? Why was it important that I succeed?
Who needed my help?
Second, I needed to focus on my wingmen. No fighter pilot flies a combat
mission solo! We always fly as a team, and we are all responsible for
accomplishing the mission. In essence, we trust each other with our lives, and
we need each other to achieve success.
Third, I needed to focus on winning. I had to erase doubt and think positive.
By “chair flying” each mission – mentally performing the mission perfectly in my
mind before doing it for real – I was able to experience victory, rather than
failure, in my imagination. This encouraged a positive mind-set of trust and
confidence that ultimately gave me the power to face my fear and win.
Obviously, we are all not fighter pilots flying combat missions. However, the
same lessons of focus can apply as we seek victories in our own unique
experiences. Here’s how you can apply these fundamental principles for
overcoming fear in your personal and professional life:
Focus on your mission. Accept responsibility for
accomplishing your mission objectives and feel confident in your training and
preparation. Ask yourself, “What am I fighting for?” Why are you needed, and who
is depending on you to get the job done? Perhaps it is your organization, your
family or the customers you are serving. What are the positive benefits that can
result from accomplishing the difficult mission ahead? When you take the focus
off of yourself and away from your fear, and direct it toward how your mission
will positively impact the lives of others, you find purpose and meaning in
life, and your fear diminishes.
Focus on your wingmen. Who is on your team that you can
trust to get the job done? Who are the trusted and reliable partners in your
personal and professional life? Who can you turn to for love, inspiration,
advice and courage? Perhaps it is your spouse, best friend, business partner or
even a co-worker. By focusing on your teammates and all the wonderful,
supporting relationships you have, you become more courageous and confident to
tackle life’s challenges. In essence, they absorb some of your fear and make it
easier for you to cope with life’s challenges. You don’t have to fly through
life solo…have faith and trust your wingmen!
Focus on winning. See the success you want in your
imagination first. Experience the exhilaration of winning in your mind.
Remember, the body achieves what the mind has rehearsed! If your mind thinks
failure, you are setting yourself up to fail. But if you train your thoughts to
envision winning; if you imagine with perfect clarity overcoming your challenges
with courage and achieving victory, then you are destined to win. Just as I
‘chair flew’ my combat mission and experienced victory, you can do the same.
It’s what athletes do before a tough game, and how the top salespersons prepare
for their big sales presentations. It’s not easy. Remember, WIN stands for Work
it Now!. Winners understand it takes effort and sacrifice to win the challenges
of life. And they don’t put it off until tomorrow; they do what it takes today!
Finally, the most important part in handling fear is to embrace it with
courage. Accept your fear and learn from it. Don’t fight it or attempt to
eliminate it, for it is a battle that can never be won. As Mark Twain once
stated, “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.”
By experiencing fear, we become more human. Fear teaches us that we are not
perfect nor are we superior to anyone else. It makes us more compassionate as we
realize the frailty of life and emphasizes what truly is important in our lives.
Regardless if you are in business, in a committed relationship, or on a
sports team, when you transform your fear into focus – on your mission, your
wingmen and on winning – you are sure to be victorious in all that you do.
Now, focus your energy, accept responsibility and make it happen!
About the author:
Waldo Waldman, MBA, is a
nationally recognized professional speaker and author. He is the president of
The Patriot Group, a leadership consulting firm in Atlanta. A seasoned
entrepreneur and former combat-decorated fighter pilot, Waldo demonstrates
through high-energy inspirational keynotes and seminars the value of teamwork,
leadership and trust in business relationships and in life. He can be reached at
866- 925-3616 or Waldo@WaldoSpeaks.com. His Web site is www.WaldoSpeaks.com.
I suggest anytime you discover you are holding yourself back from achieving your goal, ask yourself "What fearful thoughts am I holding onto?" and explore what comes up. Then, using the above techniques, transform those thoughts into a focus-driven plan and you will soon find you will not only be a goal setter, you will become a goal achiever!