Getting In the Way of our Goals: Fear

“It is usually our fears that won’t allow us to access the answers that are already inside of our heart and mind.” -Hill Harper

So many things get in the way of us achieving our goals. Not enough time (Fear of hard-work). I don’t know how (Fear of learning). It’s not that important (Fear of what others think). I don’t need to do it (Fear of failure). I don’t want to look dumb (A combined fear of what others think and failure). The list goes on.

These are all excuses, and excuses project our fears. Fear is not natural. Fear is a copout, an easy way for us avoid commitment, pursuit of our desires, change, and, usually, failure. Who has succeeded without committing? Who has reached their desire without pursuing it? Who has reached a new level without changing what they do? And who has succeeded without failure?

Here are 4 simple things you can do to attack fear:

Wake up when you are supposed to

When the alarm goes off, get yourself out of bed. Hitting snooze, or sleeping in, allows our mind to escape the first task of the day. This sets the tone for the rest of the day.

Develop a morning routine

Getting ready for work in five minutes and flying out the door affects our mindset for the entire day. Find a way to start your day that allows you to mentally wake up. Try to include some morning time for personal development, visualization of your goals, or spiritual growth.

Identify your fears

Be conscious about your decisions throughout the day. If you find yourself rationalizing your fears, make a note of it. Find what is holding you back from becoming who you want to be.


Don’t waste the day by allowing yourself to relive the same mistakes again. Think about what you did that got you closer to your goals, and what you did that limited your progress. Make a plan for how you will improve your shortcomings.