Overcoming Fear: How Challenging Yourself Leads to Success

July 31, 2023

If you don’t, you should. The other day I read a sentence that reminded me where progress begins: If you keep doing the same things over and over again, you won't see any progress.

We fear losing control and we are extremely afraid of the unknown, those are the reasons that keep us in our comfort zone. It’s just the way we are built. A few weeks ago I picked up a book that had quite an interesting title: Don’t Believe Everything You Think in Croatian was translated “Ne vjeruj svemu što misliš”. I was like, interesting, the book is telling me what to do, let’s see if it has some good advice inside.

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Read the back of the book and a bit of the first page and every other sentence just fell right into place. I don’t know about you, but oftentimes when I choose a self-help book it fits the life situations I am in and has some profound and thought-provoking sentences that make me go: Oh, this makes so much sense. Or is it that I always need some self-help to help myself? 🤔😄

Anyway, I made quite the habit of having one self-help book on my nightstand and reading through it every morning after breakfast. In this specific book, the concept of having thoughts and thinking (overthinking), and knowing the difference intrigued me. Since I read it in another language I will do my best to retell it to you as best I can, or at least the part that I am taking with me as a piece of wisdom. Our thinking (overthinking) is the source of our suffering and misery.

I was like: Hm…the author might be right. How many times you have had an idea of doing something, and then the more you thought about it the more reason and fears you find to stop yourself from doing that thing? So the idea is that when you have an idea you should keep it and materialise it without ruining it with outside world opinion and your self-doubt.

Example: I have wanted for a while to start a podcast and talk about topics that are interesting to me, but what always stopped me were some afterthoughts like:

  • You don't have the equipment.
  • Who is going to listen?
  • How are you going to edit it?
  • You are not a native English speaker and so on and so on.

When one day while I was reading all those self-help books and reading about exercises for confidence I decided to just do it. Muted the inner and outer critiques and started. And in the book, I think there was an example that when you get that initial inner thought that feels like it comes from nowhere is most certainly your inner child and something bigger than you that you should listen to. The gut, your feeling, higher intelligence, God, call it as you wish.

So in the same line of thinking, if you have something in mind or an idea you got “out of nowhere”, listen to that urge and follow it, and see where will take you. No matter how afraid you are of the unknown, trust the process and believe that you will figure it out. And you will. You will also meet the right people on the way there too. 🤗

This Monday’s story has a bit of a different style, I know, but I just wanted to share with you how important is to try new things and be out there rather than think: Oh, I wonder what would have been if I…Be the one that creates, not the one that only consumes.

Thank you for reading until the end, and hello from Zagreb, Croatia! ✌🏽

P.S. Also, if you haven't already, check out my podcast.

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