Change is all around us every day, and inside uncertainty is where fear can take hold. When we don’t know what’s ahead, we easily can fill our small moments with things that comfort instead of challenge us.
In my book, Fearless At Work, I share how to trade fear for more productive behaviors to maximize potential. Fearlessness is about the 1,440 minutes we have each day, and what happens when we recognize their power. It’s about the small yet intentional choices we make to create big outcomes.
It’s about realizing that inside of every moment, we have a choice. And we can choose fearlessness.
Today is a great time to choose habits that build fearlessness! Here are five things that fearless people do, that you can too.
1. Get clear on their purpose. At the heart of fearless living is a sense of purpose. If you don’t have a clear purpose, you are more likely to sacrifice your time, energy, and resources to the wrong things for the wrong reasons. A strong purpose suffocates our fears and serves as our compass when we feel fear and doubt begin to creep in.
2. Demonstrate curiosity. Curiosity asks the question: “what’s possible?” Where other people see obstacles, fearless people see opportunity. Imagine if you shifted your lens to filter the world not through fear, but through curiosity instead. What possibilities would you open yourself up to?
3. Take ownership of their story. When you are fearless, you understand that you are the boss of you right now. You own your thoughts and your actions and that means taking ownership of the story you tell yourself. Our old story is all about but… “I would love to do that, but…” Your new story trades all those buts for who you want to be most. Fear makes excuses; fearless people make a habit of accountability.
4. Practice resilience. It’s natural for us to fear pain and failure; those are paths to strength and resilience for fearless people. They make a habit of trading short-term pain for long-term growth and view failure as just another form of feedback. Fearless people recognize that resiliency is sometime as simple as showing up when it’s the last thing we feel like doing.
5. Take bold action. Inside of each day, we have 1,440 minutes. Fearless people maximize those little moments by leaning into discomfort and taking calculated risks. They know that fearlessness isn’t just a mindset; it’s about taking action. Fearlessness is being bold in the little moments life presents us each day, that lead to big outcomes. And by being bold, we inspire fearlessness in those around us.
Your Game Changer Takeaway
Pick one of these five behaviors to focus on—for the next 5 days or 5 weeks or forever. For more inspiration, check out Fearless At Work to strengthen your own fearless muscle and inspire others.
The Molly Fletcher Company inspires leaders, teams and organizations to kick-start growth. A keynote speaker and author, Molly draws on her decades of experiences working as a sports agent. Her company’s Game Changer Negotiation Training workshops teach business people the framework for successful negotiating, so that you can close more deals while building stronger relationships. Sign up here to receive our weekly newsletter and subscribe to the Game Changers with Molly Fletcher podcast on iTunes.