Anything is possible if you’ve got enough nerve. -J.K. Rowling

If you have something blocking you or don’t have the nerve to do something, you won’t get there. Having the nerve to do anything is being able to overcome your fears. There are tons of self help gurus who can help you with habits that can overcome these things.

Fear is there for a reason. That fear is now not necessarily a good thing. It stops us from taking chances that will not hurt physically hurt us.  Of course there are other fears like financial fears. And yes these have to be taken into consideration but you can always mitigate your risk.

Olympia LePoint goes over a 3 step process to help you overcome your fear and get your nerve up. Olympia LePoint is a rocket scientist who helped launch NASA’s Endeavour, Discovery, Columbia, and Atlantis Space Shuttles. She successfully helped launch 28 Space Shuttle Missions into Space. She won The 2004 Boeing Company Professional Excellence Award, and The 2003 Engineer of the Year “Modern Day Technology Leader” Award. She’s got some nerve that’s for sure.

Her steps are as follows:

1. You must name and reject your fear. This is basically identifying your fear and obviously rejecting it.

We are hard-wired to shrink away from the things that scare us – to fight, flee or freeze in the face of danger. That’s a good thing, but anxiety is about perceived danger, which is different from actual danger.

Fear is there to help you recognize what things you should not do like touching a hot stove. It’s a protective emotion to keep you safe.  This is something that we all got through instincts built into our DNA as we evolved.  But we can overcome fear.

“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.” -Marie Curie

Dawn Huebner goes over some of the options available psychologically to overcome your fears. She describes what she went through with her son who had odd anxieties that she worked to overcome.

2. Reprogram your brain with different thoughts. Dawn Huebner goes over rewards to get over the excuses and get over the fear. She talks about exposure like stepping slowing into a cold pool to get used to the cold.  The other option is flooding yourself with the activity.  These two options should be considered in relation to risk as in the image above. The jumper trained smaller jumps to make the big jump.

Tony Robbins has some excellent videos on Youtube that will help you reprogram your brain. He talks about the questions you ask yourself.  Rephrasing and refocusing yourself can help you with a more positive outlook and

This video can help you learn to reprogram your thoughts.

3. Take action in direct opposition to your fear. This is mitigation of your fear. Dawn Huebner went over rethinking and slowly immersing yourself in your fear as well as flooding yourself in your fear.  Tony Robbins talks about rephrasing the questions you ask yourself as well as rephrasing your thoughts. These are common ways to reprogram your thoughts and your fears.

Another thing to think about is what can you do to directly reduce the consequences of your actions? Take for instance the image above. The woman jumping trained herself to jump that far. Small incremental steps will bring you forward to the point where the jump risk is so small as to be minimal. You can do this through education, training and work.

When it comes to having the nerve to do something, there are a few questions to ask yourself.

  • What are you afraid of?
  • How can you rethink about your fears?
  • How can you train yourself to mitigate the risk?
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