4 Tactics to Conquer Fears and Doubts

Beyond the obvious, fear is often at the root of emotions like anger, shame, guilt, and pride (false pride or hubris). It termites our self-confidence and torpedoes our personal and professional relationships, further undermining our success and goals.

These tactics might be just what is needed to help take your fearful thoughts and actions captive and reach new milestones –

  1. Fear is normal. Learn to proactively manage it.

We can train and equip ourselves to make logical choices that manage our fears (instead of our fears managing us).  More recently, in the last twenty-plus years my fear of failure was one of several motivators that helped me author six published books. Oppositely, fear of failure not managed can cause all sorts of problems as mentioned above.


  1. When fear hits, stick with your values and principles.

Once a leader clarifies what is really important, he or she can make courageous choices to achieve goals even when faced with doubts and fears. The lesson I learned (and can see it operating in all successful people) is that we must be willing to suffer to be who we are called to be and to achieve our most important goals. Need a set of values? Download the Honor Code.


  1. Be willing to suffer for the right causes.

Great achievements are generally the culmination of a lot of delayed gratification, making hard choices and doing hard things—and yes, suffering. So when you look ahead at your goals, consider your passion for them. Is your passion and commitment strong enough that you’re willing to suffer to achieve them? To get results and achieve our goals, we must also balance and value the importance of strong relationships. This point leads to the last tactic.


  1. Don’t fight fear alone.

The worst situation as a POW was being alone. The same is true for every human being. We need connection to others who can support us with wisdom and encouragement. Mutual support is the critical need of every warrior and every person who is fighting the battles of life. Engage with your key support team to help you courageously lean into the pain of your doubts and fears. As a leader, you also have the power to create this culture of support.


Fears and doubts are part of life and especially a big part of leadership.  Thankfully, we have ways to manage them. Lean into the pain of your fear and do the right thing—believe in yourself—I believe in you.  

Read the entire article on this topic – “Managing Leadership Fears and Doubts”






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