Who’s afraid of the big bad phone?

I want to tell you about one of my clients. Let’s call her Tina. I’m so proud of her.

Tina was afraid of the phone. Not cowering, gibbering wreck afraid. No way. But dreading, feet-dragging, easily distracted, I’ll-do-anything-to-avoid-it afraid.

Ever get that? Yup, me too.

But Tina had had enough. Fear was standing between her and her clients. The people who need her help, the people she loves working with. She decided she could no longer tolerate that fear.

So what did Tina do?

She decided to stare fear in the face.

She set herself a target, to make 5 calls each day, and started logging her fear factor –

Before making calls: 8/10, 6/10, 7/10…
and afterwards: 4/10, 3/10, 2/10…

What she noticed was this:

“Actually the fear just before doing something feels much worse than the actually doing it. I feel much better once I get off the phone, having made a call, than I do just before I make the call.”

Fear was the enemy, not the phone.

Making phone calls actually made her feel better.

That’s the thing about fear.

Fear fuels resistance and steals enjoyment, contentment and satisfaction.

Fear is the thing that has us saying

“I know it’s just… but I just can’t seem to bring myself to do it.”

“I know I can, but I’m doing everything else to avoid it.”

“I know it’s silly, but… anyway, I haven’t got time now.”

Fear is a shadow.

When it lurks behind you or looms over you, its presence is big, bad and scary. But a shadow has no substance. When you shine a light at it, face it head on, its power disperses.

What about you? Where is fear holding you back? What would you discover if you faced it head on?

Let’s talk about it. Leave me a comment or send me a message.

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