Editor’s note: The following blog series is by author and speaker Lisa Earle McLeod
Humans are complicated. We have physical fears, like being afraid of fire ants or going bungee jumping. We may over exaggerate these fears, but they’re based on a semi logical understanding of risks.
But then there are our emotional fears; this is where logic leaves the party. Emotional fears are usually based on subconscious beliefs created by past experiences that have absolutely no bearing on our present circumstances.
It’s our emotional fears that hold us back from accomplishing things, and enjoying life to the fullest.
The following is one common self-limiting fear, and suggestions for overcoming it:
Big Fear # 1: There isn’t enough
Fear of scarcity is common in people who grew up in big families, or whose parents were stingy with food or affection. Whether it’s time, money, opportunity or love, the belief that there isn’t enough will keep you trapped in the shadow of the green-eyed monster.
Better living strategy: It’s hard to be happy when another person gets something you want for yourself, but there’s an emotional and physical cost to jealousy.
It has been scientifically proven that the simple act of being kind boosts your immune system. Let the spirit of generosity be your guide. Praise someone publicly, help a friend in a pinch or send a congratulatory note to someone who got promoted – it will come back to you immediately in good feelings and eventually in good karma.
Look for two other fears, and strategies to overcome them, in the following days
Lisa Earle McLeod is a sales leadership consultant, and author of Selling with Noble Purpose. Companies like Apple, Kimberly-Clark and Pfizer hire her to help them create passionate, purpose-driven sales forces. She’s the author of several books including Selling with Noble Purpose: How to Drive Revenue and Do Work That Makes You Proud, a Wiley publication. She has appeared on The Today Show, and has been featured in Forbes, Fortune and The Wall Street Journal. She provides executive coaching sessions, strategy workshops, and keynote speeches. Visit www.mcleodandmore.com