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(1) Play out worst case scenariosWhen you refuse to think about your fears, they grow in your subconscious. Instead of letting that happen, drag them into the light of day and rationalise them. How likely are they to happen? It is important to contain fear and then find a way to work with it.
(2) Break it downAccording to Shaw, looking at the big picture can feel overwhelming. So break down the risks and fears into small chunks and consult someone, whether it be an expert, friend or business partner, along the way.
(3) Create a support and mentoring systemTalk to someone with more experience than you, they might have some good ideas to help you move through it. Communicate your fears with your peers.
(4) Accept failure
Failure in the UK is unlikely to be placed on a pedestal the way it is in Silicon Valley; but the limited embrace of failure is too detrimental to innovation and entrepreneurship in the UK to be ignored.A such, people need to realise that failure is unavoidable. Keep in mind that one failure, or even a list of failures, doesn’t mean that you or your business is a failure.
(5) Reduce your stressTake a few minutes to collect your thoughts if you are feeling anxious. Fear is like a bully, you may believe it has a strong power over you but when you confront it, it should slowly fade away.
(6) Keep it under control“There is a part of the brain that is responsible for processing facial expressions and it picks up fear in others almost immediately,” Shaw said. “Control your fear, because others will notice if you don’t.”
(7) Don’t let it ruin your dayShe added: “There is no greater rush than doing something positive that you were afraid of doing, whether it be giving a presentation or hiking up Kilimanjaro. Don’t let fear deny you that pleasure. Have you ever heard someone say they regret doing a parachute jump?”
(8) Try to muster up the courageAs Winston Churchill said “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts”, so don’t be afraid of making mistakes. Mistakes give you knowledge and makes you stronger.
(10) Preparation is keyThis is especially true if you are making a speech or presentation. The more prepared you are the less likely you are to make a mistake or be asked a question you cannot answer. Don’t rush difficult decisions. With the UK being criticised for not embracing the American culture of failure, we’ve rounded up key cases of individuals with superhuman tenacity as a reminder to never back down.
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