Advice on Overcoming Fear – September 21.2011

Advice on Overcoming Fear By Zig Ziglar

Fear has been correctly identified with the acrostic False

Evidence Appearing Real. The truth is that if we think

something is to be feared, that perception becomes the

cruelest form of reality.

A second-grade boy was overheard saying, “It’s easy to be

brave when you’re not scared.” By the same token, it’s easy

to talk about how to overcome fear when you have little to

be afraid of. Fear is certainly real for most people and all

of us face a fear of something – poverty, divorce,

rejection, death, failure, speaking in public, being laughed

at, etc.

How do we overcome fear? First we must learn to examine our

fears. Example: Giving a speech, which is the number one

fear in our country, according to Reader’s Digest. (It’s

also a tremendous confidence-builder.) If that’s your fear,

ask yourself a few questions. “Why am I afraid to make a

speech? Is it because I’m afraid of being rejected? Then why

do I think I’ll be rejected?

Do I believe what I’m about to say? Is my speech worth

giving? Am I proud of the comments I’m about to make?” As

you ask yourself these questions, the fear will begin to

subside. It subsides because you have explored your

subconscious mind with your questions and flushed out some

of your fears.

My research indicates that only three people have died while

making a speech. Since twelve billion people have lived and

only three of them died making a speech, I’d say it’s a

fairly safe thing to do.

If you’re a little nervous, consider this: You could lead a

mule into a crowded room and he would be so calm that he

would almost go to sleep standing up. A thoroughbred in the

same situation would be as nervous as a cat.

If you’re a little nervous, just be grateful you’re a

thoroughbred – not a mule. So face those inner feelings,

stand up and speak up with confidence. When you do, I’ll see

you at the top!


Zig Ziglar is a teacher and motivator. You can visit him at

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