10 Tips to Overcome Fear

1. Take action. Do something right now. Take a small step and do it well. Then take another. Overcome fear with action. 

2. Let go of the outcome. If things work out, great! If they don’t, great! You’ll be directed elsewhere. Say, “I’m going to do this no matter what. Overcome fear with detachment. 

3. Imagine the best outcome possible. See it in your mind. Put yourself in the picture. Put a smile on your face. Feel the excitement of success. Rerun the entire scene in your mind often. Overcome fear when you bet on the positive. 

4. Commit to feeling good. Use this sentence as a mantra, “I want to feel good.” Bring a good memory to mind when you say it. Each time you feel anxious or worried, it’s a sign to remember and repeat your mantra and recall a good time. Overcome fear with positive memories and emotions. 

 5.Remind yourself you’re OK right now. Stay in the present moment. You become paralyzed when you link fear to a story or mental image of a dreaded future event. Overcome fear when you stay in the now. 

6. Talk back to your fear. When fear says, “You can’t,”  You say, “I can.” When fear says, “Someday,” you say, “Today.” When fear says, “You’re not good enough,” you say, “I deserve to be seen and heard.” Overcome fear when you speak your truth. 

7. Breathe into your fear. Grab a good deep belly breathe. Breathe in and push your belly out. Open your mouth. Breathing is a profound act. Overcome fear when you calm yourself. 

8. Make a mental list of all of the people who love and support you. Spend a few seconds thinking of each person on the list and imagine them rooting for you. Yippee! Overcome fear with love. 

9. Accept fear as a part of life. Face it. Name it. Breathe into it. Embrace it. Look for a message in it. Overcome fear with close examination. 

10. Let go of perfection. You don’t have to do it all or know it all. Don’t wait until your stars line up. When you take two steps forward, the Universe takes two more for you. Overcome fear when you let go of control.

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  • Sandra Pawula January 27, 2013, 6:45 pm

    These are all excellent. It would be useful to print these out and review them regularly. Letting go of the outcome is my favorite.

  • Courtney January 28, 2013, 11:30 am

    I love number 1: overcome fear with action. Though the first step or two may be difficult, the momentum you gain will push fear to the side.

    That’s why I believe the very moment you make a new goal, while your motivation and determination are at their highest, you make at least one step towards its attainment. That means, don’t say you’re going to lose weight without clearing out the junk drawer right away!

  • Elle January 28, 2013, 1:12 pm

    As always Tess…you speak to me. Are you sure you don’t write especially for me? The letting go of control is the regular place I am at some point in my day. It’s getting to be a habit and hopefully soon, the box of control stuff will be empty!

    Love Elle

  • Suzie Cheel January 29, 2013, 4:32 am

    Hi Tess,
    Yes like Elle letting go of control is something I am releasing and I now see how i allow my ‘control freak” tendency as being a way I hold onto fear- sometimes there is a comfort in it! Being in the now i know does release any fear as we are ususlly also doing what we love 🙂

  • Galen Pearl January 29, 2013, 3:26 pm

    #6 reminds me of the story of the young warrior who learned to defeat fear in battle by not doing what fear told her to do. Great tips!! Like Sandra said, it would be a good idea to keep these handy for quick and frequent reference.

  • Cheryl Craigie January 29, 2013, 5:56 pm

    Hi Tess–

    Loved your list. I’d like to add something my meditation teacher, Susan Piver, said recently that really resonated with me. “The antidote to fear, it turns out, is inquisitiveness.”

  • Christine (The Brighter Side of Life) January 30, 2013, 2:17 pm

    Powerful tips, Tess! I particularly like the idea of letting go of the outcome, and letting go of the need for perfection. Oh, and overcoming fear with love. I have a feeling I’m going to be needing and using these tips a lot this year – thank you! It’s so much easier to stretch out of your comfort zone when you feel you have the tools for the journey.


  • rachid March 22, 2013, 1:49 pm

    Great post, inspiring blog.
    Very thoughtfull post on overcoming fear .It should be very much helpfull.
    Thank you so much for sharing thes tips with us .

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