Thursday , 23 February 2017

Conquering Fear and Getting On TV

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When the producers from The John Walsh Show called to ask if I would be a featured guest, my initial thought was, “NO WAY!”

My fear was so intense that I ended the call. I told them I needed to check my schedule. What schedule? .

My immediate excuses were:

  • I’m not ready.
  • My book is not finished.
  • I’ve gained weight.
  • I’m not good enough. 
  • I don’t have enough time to prepare.
  • Who me? Why me? What have I got to say?
  • What if I say something stupid?
  • What will people say?

On the set with John Walsh

On the set with John Walsh

I may occasionally have these thoughts today. However, now I realize how anti-climatic it all is. I understand how we create so much unnecessary drama in our own lives.

A Swedish proverb goes like this:

“Worry gives a small thing a big shadow.”

Most of what I worry about never actually happens.

Here is my three step, fail-safe, go-to process for dealing with fear.

    1. I ask myself “what’s the worse that can happen?”
    2. I think about how I’m going to feel if I let the opportunity pass and do nothing.
    3. I imagine myself at 80 years old having to answer these questions:
      • Are you proud of your life?
      • What regrets do you have?
      • Were you ever disappointed in yourself for something you didn’t do?
      • Are there things you wish you had done?
      • Are there risks you wish you had taken?
      • Do you wish you had accomplished more?
      • Did you use all your gifts? Fear
      • Did you stand for something?
      • Were you courageous?

        I don’t want to live as a coward. That’s why I’m usually in action.

        If dealing with your 80-year-old self feels awkward, try this:

        • Read or listen to motivational material.
        • Remind yourself of your successes.
        • Network with high vibrational people. 
        • Take a moment — b r e a t h e. 
        • Maintain a positive outlook. 
        • Engage in positive self-talk.
        • Connect with people who are doing what you want to do.
        • Read books from people you admire. 
        • Find a coach or mentor.
        • Be patient with yourself. 
        • Celebrate small victories.
        • Ask for help.
        • Remind yourself that you’re ok. 

You can do it. I know you can.

Setbacks are an inevitable part of your evolution.

Courage is reinforced from actually doing what we fear, not the other way around. You have to get out of your own way and out of your comfort zone.

Take action.

Fear may not disappear, but you will get better at dealing with it.

Maintain a healthy state of mind.

“Just because you fear something doesn’t necessarily mean you need to avoid it.” ~ Laurie Johnson

I’m hyper, don’t have TV, and enjoy making all my own blog graphics.

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Gracias mi amigos.
Yours in love and dance, Laurie

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